5 Tips for Self-Care During the Adoption Process in Florida
One of the most important duties a birth mother has in the adoption process is to up her self-care routine, so she can not only ensure the health and wellness of herself, but of her baby as well. A good self-care routine can be hard to achieve when you’re going through the adoption process, particularly because you have so many responsibilities and big decisions to make.
Thankfully, with the help of your adoption team at Adoption Choices of Florida and your support system of family and friends, making time for self-care isn’t as impossible of a task as it seems. To learn more about how to care for yourself during the adoption process, below are five of our best self-care tips for birth mothers in the state of Florida!
Self-Care during the Adoption Process
Making Time for Yourself
It can be difficult to make time for yourself with all of the adoption-related tasks you have to complete throughout the adoption process, but it’s one of the best ways to take care of yourself during the process. Getting away from all the hustle and bustle is an excellent way to slow down, clear your mind and decompress from the stressfulness of planning for your child’s future!
Making time for yourself can include reading your favorite book, catching up on your favorite TV show, going for a walk around the block, or any other activity or hobby you like to do. You could even make time for yourself by trying something new! Try a new recipe, teach yourself how to knit, or learn something new. When it comes to making time for yourself, the possibilities are endless, so why wouldn’t you want to treat yourself to some personal time?
Making Time for Loved Ones
Just as important as making time for yourself is making time for your family, friends and other members of your social circle. If you don’t already know it, having a strong support system of loved ones by your side is a critical part of your adoption journey. Getting together with your loved ones is a great time to catch them up on your adoption journey, but to also catch yourself up on what’s going on in their lives. Remember, even though you’re going through a lot with the adoption process, it’s still important for you to be there for your family and friends when they’re going through a lot, too!
Making time for your loved ones isn’t just about catching up with each other! When you spend time with your family and friends, do something fun with them. Do something you like to do, do something they like to do, or try something new together, just like you might do when you make time for yourself!
Eating Healthy and Drinking Plenty of Water
Throughout the adoption process, you need to ensure you’re healthy and hydrated by maintaining a normal diet and drinking lots of water. Most birth mothers go through the adoption process while still pregnant, so it’s important for you to check in with your doctor regularly and talk to him or her about what a normal diet looks like for a pregnant woman. It can be challenging to adjust your diet to accommodate your pregnancy, but remember, what you feed yourself with is also what feeds your baby and contributes to the health and growth of him or her! To learn more about maintaining a healthy diet as a pregnant woman, please visit our healthy eating 101 blog on what to eat while you’re pregnant.
Exercising on a Regular Basis
To improve your stress levels, mood and overall health during the adoption process, it’s important for you to find a regular exercise routine that works best with your pregnancy, your schedule and your lifestyle. Finding pregnancy-safe exercises can be difficult, but not impossible -- there are actually quite a few safe AND fun exercises for pregnant women out there, all you have to do is look! For more information on pregnancy-safe exercises, please visit our how-to blog on exercising safely as a pregnant woman.
Getting an Adequate Amount of Sleep
It’s natural to feel particularly tired during pregnancy -- creating a new life can really take the energy right out of you! But this is why it’s extremely important for you to ensure you’re getting an adequate amount of sleep at night and perhaps a nap here and there, as needed. Lack of sleep is unhealthy, not only for you, but for your baby as well! Again, you’re growing a new life inside of you and your body needs all the energy it can get to do that successfully!
Additionally, being involved in the adoption process requires a great deal of your attention. If you’re suffering from tiredness due to lack of adequate sleep, you’re not going to be able to give your best when it comes to planning your baby’s adoption. Remember, this adoption is more about your baby than it is about you. You need to be capable of focusing so that you can make decisions that are in the best interest of your baby and his or her future.
Self-Care in the Florida Sunshine!
In Florida and other southern states where the temperature is hotter, birth mothers have the advantage of getting outside and, well, taking advantage of the warm sun! Strange as it may seem, warmer climates seem to have a positive influence on the people who live in them -- it’s common for people to feel less stress and more at ease, simply by sitting outside and enjoying the warmth of the sun. So, as long as you’re applying sunscreen regularly, drinking plenty of water, and not overworking your pregnant body, Adoption Choices of Florida encourages you to grab your favorite book, plug in your headphones, or go for a walk and start soaking up the sun in the sunshine state!
For more information on self-care and ensuring a healthy pregnancy, please visit our blog on the 6 ways to have a healthy pregnancy before adoption.
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