Cheryl & Matthew
There are no words to describe how gratetful we are to Parent Profiles. It was the greatest amount of exposure you could hope for and brought us together with the most wonderful birthmother and father. Our beautiful daughter was born May 06 and we may never have gotten this opportunity had this site been not available. Since we adopted before we know how difficult it is making contact with a birthmother through more ...
You're pregnant. You have a baby depending on your nurturance to enter this world. You have many decisions ahead of you. Whether you are part of a committed married couple, in a long-term relationship, single, divorced, a teenager, a middle-ager, rich or poor, pregnancy brings with it a litany of decisions.
Once you know you are pregnant, it is important to make wise choices about your health and the baby's health. If you smoke, quit, whatever way works. If you take drugs, it's even more important that you get help to quit. Drinking also damages your baby, so don't drink. Follow general nutrition guidelines, eating a wide variety of fresh, healthy food. Limit things with little nutritional value, such as soft drinks, sweets, and junk food. Your baby needs the absolute best start, and that comes from what you eat.
For some women, the choice whether or not to continue the pregnancy may be a necessary one. Not everyone is overjoyed at learning they are pregnant. Sometimes the mother's health determines her choice to terminate the pregnancy. A single mother with children already may decide not to add another one to the roles of welfare recipients. A woman who has already raised her brood and finds herself unexpectedly pregnant later in life just when she's ready to prepare for menopause might decide she is too old to undertake a pregnancy. A teenager with little or no support from family or the baby's father might not be able to see how she can raise a child alone. There are many circumstances that might lead you to decide to end the pregnancy. Whether you think this is right or wrong, the choice is yours to make.
For some, abortion will not be a viable solution, even if you can't keep the baby. That is when you might look into adoption as an alternative. Modern adoptions are much more flexible than in the past. You can go through an agency, arrange an open adoption with the help of a lawyer, or find other resources.
Whether you end the pregnancy, choose to adopt your child into a new family, or raise the baby yourself, you will want to find support and resources to help with your monumental decisions. Often, your doctor's office can refer you to the agencies and support networks in your community. If you belong to a church, you can find information and assistance there. Planned Parenthood can provide counseling, education, and referrals as well. Your local district health office is also a good place to find information and referrals. Many childbirth classes are taught by knowledgeable instructors who know others in the community who can help you.