I’m Pregnant: Where Do I Start?
If you’ve become unexpectedly pregnant, then you’ve probably got a million questions already racing through your brain. For most women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, their first questions are usually along the lines of: “where do I start?” or “what should I do next?” There are no single right answers to these questions, simply because there are a variety of options for women who are going through an unplanned pregnancy and each one chooses a different path.
One of the most common options for birth mothers who have become pregnant unexpectedly is adoption. Placing a child for adoption is not a decision to be taken lightly, but it’s a wonderful option because it gives another family the chance to grow and create a future for your child that you may not have been able to give them. Remember, adoption is all about what’s in the best interest of the child, and not necessarily that of the birth mother!
Your First Steps
Schedule an Appointment with Your Primary Doctor or OB/GYN
When you become pregnant, one of the first and most important things you should do is to contact your primary doctor or OB/GYN. After your first visit, you should be visiting your doctor on a regular basis. Experts agree that pregnant women should check in with their doctor or OB/GYN once a month for the first six months of their pregnancy, once every two weeks in months seven and eight, and once per week in the ninth and final month of their pregnancy.
Adjust Your Diet and Exercise Routine Accordingly
When you’re pregnant, everything you ingest contributes to the health, growth and well-being of your baby, as well as your own. Healthy eating will also provide your body with the additional strength and energy needed to support your pregnancy. You can also keep up your energy and maintain your strength through regular exercise, though it shouldn’t be too strenuous! Staying active during pregnancy is a great way to keep your heart healthy, your muscles strong and your body flexible. Your body’s strength and flexibility are easy to lose when you’re pregnant because your body is changing, which makes it very easy to fall into a pattern of laziness!
Take Time to Rest and Relax
Even though your body changes during pregnancy, it still knows when it’s time for you to take a break! When your body tells you it’s time to rest -- listen to it. Relaxing is just as important as regular exercise and healthy eating when you’re pregnant. Taking a break, whether it’s a quick nap or an hour of your favorite show, is an excellent way to relieve stress and give your body a break from the physical strain of being pregnant.
Surround Yourself with Supportive Family and Friends
During your pregnancy, and especially if you've chosen to place your child for adoption, it’s critical to surround yourself with a strong support system of family and friends. If you choose open or semi-open adoption, you may even be able to find support from your child’s adoptive family, which is a wonderful way to start developing a healthy relationship with them! Pregnancy is different for every woman, but some find the experience more unpleasant than others, especially because of the physical toll pregnancy often takes on the body. It’s important to have people who can lift your spirits or provide you with a shoulder to cry on when the going gets tough!
Create an Adoption Plan
To help organize your thoughts, and to help relieve some of the stress you may be feeling, you might find it beneficial to create your baby’s adoption plan, which can be done with the help of our wonderful experts at Adoption Choices of Florida! Women who choose to place their children for adoption often struggle with feelings of guilt surrounding their decision. Being a part of the adoption process is a great way to ensure your child’s well-being and future with the right adoptive family, and can help you to feel a sense of closure!
The Effect of Too Much Stress When You’re Pregnant
Experiencing an unplanned pregnancy can provoke a variety of different feelings: fear, anxiety, confusion. Perhaps the most prominent, though, is stress. Your brain will almost immediately start firing off questions. Where do I start? What are my options? It’s too easy for our brains to send us into a panic, which is why, if you become pregnant unexpectedly, to try to avoid excess stress. Some stress is good, it shows that whatever you’re stressed about is something important to you or something you care a great deal about.
Before you let your stress get the best of you, try to turn it into something that motivates you to explore your options, create your adoption plan and start taking better care of yourself, not only for you, but for your baby, too!
If you are a birth parent considering adoption, and have any questions or concerns about the process, please don’t hesitate to reach out. For more information on adoption, visit us at Adoption Choices of Florida or call us at: 800-985-8108