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Steven & Kimra
I think like so many, we were extremely skeptical with the idea of putting our profile online. It seemed like we would be making something so very private and intimate very public. Although we were very leery, we had been less than welcomed by many traditional adoption workers. We didn’t fit the mold that they were looking for. We were an “older” couple (40’s), with 3 children, with a rather unique life and parenting style…and more ...

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Are you pregnant?Are you hoping to adopt?

How to Know for Sure if You are Pregnant

Every day there are many women that are worried about whether or not they are pregnant. There are many symptoms that generally accompany pregnancy. It should be noted that not all women experience the same symptoms. With proper care, a pregnancy can be the best experience in a woman's life.

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Thank you for considering us as potential parents to raise your child. It is such a courageous decision you have made to make an adoption plan and we hope that you find peace as you embark on this beautiful journey.

The most basic indicator of pregnancy is a missed menstrual cycle. A home pregnancy test is a good tool to use if a pregnancy is expected. Should the test read positive, you will need to make an appointment with your doctor. Tender or swollen breasts are another frequent sign of pregnancy. Granted that many women's breasts become tender and sore during their menstrual cycle, a tingling sensation that accompanies the swelling is not common with menstruation.

Many women experience nausea and "morning" sickness. The term "morning" sickness should be used loosely, though, as nausea and vomiting can occur throughout the day. A woman may also experience unusual fatigue.

Many pregnant women must take more than one nap throughout the day to help combat the fatigue. Fatigue, combined with the other symptoms is an almost sure way of telling that you are pregnant.

Other signs?

Constant urination, constipation, and heartburn are also signs that you may be pregnant. Some women may experience dizziness, headaches, and even fainting spells while pregnant. Should any of these symptoms occur, you should seek medical support immediately.

While it is true that we know our bodies best, it is also true that we can sometimes misinterpret some of the more common indicators of pregnancy. Your doctor can help you make sense of inconclusive home test results or unexplained symptoms. If it turns out that you are not pregnant, don't be discouraged. It often takes several months of trying and you will greatly increase your chances of becoming pregnant by taking your mind of the goal and just enjoy 'getting there.' This can be a wonderful time of connection with your partner if you don't allow love making to become a chore; choosing to focus, instead, on sharing this time together.

If you learn that you are pregnant, congratulations! Be sure that you take extra steps to keep yourself in good health and good humor. This includes following your doctor's orders, exercising and eating right to maintain a healthy pregnancy.

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