When you’re newly pregnant and scared and looking at your options, it’s hard to remember to do everything that you need to do to stay healthy as well. However, when you’re pregnant it is very important that you stay healthy, both for your sake and for your child’s health. Talking to an adoption professional can help you access resources that will help you stay healthy while pregnant.
When you’re busy, stressed, and on a limited income, it’s hard to eat well. In the early days of your pregnancy you may also experience morning sickness. If you have a network of friends or family who can support you, this is a good time to call them in to help with pre-cooked meals. If a limited income makes eating fruit and vegetables a challenge, see if you can sign up for WIC, a supplement that is designed for mothers and children.
Quality Health Care
When you’re pregnant, both you and your child deserve quality health care. This includes prenatal care and a healthy, well-supported birth. Making an adoption and birth plan can help you ensure that your child’s birth goes as smoothly a possible. Work with adoption professionals to get information about your options for supported and funded prenatal care. In some states, the adoptive parents may also be able to help you with some of these costs.
An unexpected pregnancy and the decision to pursue adoption can challenge you emotionally. Talk with your adoption professionals about counseling, and they will ensure that you have the ability to speak with a counselor who can help you think about your feelings and concerns related to the adoption. Collect your own support systems as well, and surround yourself with friends and family who will listen to you when you need a friendly ear.
Making a Plan
Making an adoption plan is one of the best things that you can do for your mental health when you’re pregnant and scared. Your plan can include what you’d like to happen during and after your child’s birth. Having a feeling of certainty will help you make plans for the future.
If you are considering adoption, contact us:
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