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Choosing an Adoptive Family for Your Baby

Did you know that you have lots of rights in modern adoption, like choosing an adoptive family for your baby?No matter how you got to our site, whether you Googled “how do I give up a baby” or “I want to put my baby up for adoption,” you’re definitely in the right place!

Lifetime is here to help by giving you resources on modern adoption plans. Adoption isn’t like it was decades ago when a pregnant woman was placed in a maternity home, then forced to place her baby.

Modern adoption is all about putting the power and choices in your hands. You have rights: in choosing an adoptive family for your baby, deciding how much you want to stay in contact with them in the future, and also how things will go down at the hospital when you deliver.

Since 1986, we’ve helped thousands of women find loving adoptive parents for their child. So, you can trust that Lifetime knows what we’re doing!

You can check out available adoptive families by viewing our Waiting Adoptive Families page. If you see an adoptive couple you’re interested in talking to, Lifetime can make that happen!

Just call us (anytime, day or night) at 1-800-923-6784. Let Lifetime connect you with our carefully-approved adoptive parents.

Maybe you’ve already had your baby, or you’ve been parenting, but it’s not working out. It’s never too late to make a modern adoption plan. Just call or text Lifetime anytime day or night, at 1-800-923-6784. We’ll get you adoption help and resources right away!

How to Quit Smoking While You’re Pregnant

Get tips on how to Quit Smoking While You’re PregnantIf you’ve just gotten a positive pregnancy test and are a smoker, you might be worried about the effects of smoking on your unborn child. You probably want to quit smoking while you’re pregnant, but how?

We all want to do what’s best for our children, but trying to stop smoking cold turkey while you are pregnant can be very traumatic for your baby. Quitting can be very hard, and to suddenly quit one day will cause you some extreme stress.

There are so many reasons to stop smoking while you are pregnant. If you smoke while you are pregnant, your baby has an increased chance of having low birth weight, developing asthma, leukemia, as well as being intellectually delayed. Smoking while pregnant also adds to your risk of premature labor, and it is thought to put babies at an increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

With smoking putting your baby at risk, you want to stop, but this is much easier said than done. For one thing, you will not be able to use some of the aids available for those who want to stop smoking, such as the nicotine patch, or gum. The task you will have ahead of you will not be easy, so the best thing that you can do is not stress yourself; as this is also dangerous for the baby. Talk to your doctor and tell them you want to quit smoking while you’re pregnant. Ask if there are any stop smoking aids that you can safely use during pregnancy. They’ll likely have a plan which will help you stop smoking without putting your child under too much stress.

Once your doctor approves a plan, let your family and friends know what you are trying to do. Tell them how important this is to you and that you will need all their help to do it. The more moral support you have, the better your chances are of succeeding. Your friends and family must understand that bugging you about it is not what you need.

It will be important for the people around you to support you in your decision and to encourage you instead of judge you. The more someone pushes you toward quitting by disapproval, the worse you will feel about yourself.

If you slip, don’t give up, just keep trying. Don’t think badly of yourself, or let others make you feel bad. The important thing is that you succeed and understand that it will not be easy. It may not happen right away, but if you keep trying, you’ll be able to quit!

How to Find Great Prenatal Care in a Hurry

If you’re pregnant and aren’t seeing a doctor yet, know that Lifetime Adoption Agency Florida can help you! Getting medical attention while you’re pregnant (also known as prenatal care) is important to yours and your baby’s health. Even if you’ve already had a kid, it’s good to get all the care you need during this pregnancy. After all, not every pregnancy is the same.

Even if you don’t have insurance, you can apply for Medicaid. Let Lifetime know if you need help signing up for state-funded health insurance. In some cases, pregnant women are able to apply for emergency Medicaid. Then, you’d be able to see a doctor right away.

You can find OB-GYN doctors in your area by searching online or in your local Yellow Pages. Search for things like “women’s health care”, “obstetrics,” or “gynecology” along with the name of the city you live in. Or, you can search for local doctors by going to Superpages.com and typing in your town or city.

Are you having trouble getting to your doctor’s office? Just let us know, and we can help arrange transportation.

Your first visit to an OB-GYN will probably be longer than the others because there will be a lot of paperwork to complete. It may help you feel more comfortable to bring along someone who cares about you. If you already have kids, make sure to bring someone to watch them in the waiting room when you go in for your exam. After this first visit, you’ll be asked to come back every month for the first seven months of your pregnancy. As you get closer to your due date, they’ll have you coming in more often.

Do you have any questions about prenatal care and how to find it?

Just call or text Lifetime at 1-800-923-6784!

Adoption, Abortion, or Parenting…What’s Right for You?

Is Adoption, Abortion, or Parenting right for you?Every day, millions of women discover they’re pregnant. Some women are happy and excited to be pregnant, but others will not be. These women face a life-changing and important decision. Will adoption, abortion, or parenting be the right choice?

Every woman has pregnancy choices, whether they became pregnant on purpose or not. Know that no matter what your situation is, the options are still there: adoption, abortion, or parenting. The reality is this: the only person who can decide what’s best for you and your child is YOU.

Choosing abortion may create feelings of guilt or shame. Also, abortion is pretty expensive: according to Planned Parenthood, it costs up to $1,500 in the first trimester. The costs usually depend upon how far along you are and the insurance you have. It’s a decision that can’t be reversed.

Another option for you is to become a parent and to raise your baby. Of all of the three pregnancy choices, this the most expensive one. You’ll have the financial responsibility of a child placed on you. You’ll have a child relying on you for everything that they need until adulthood. Parenting does come with many positives, such as the opportunity to care for and love a child of your own, and to help him or her to grow into a positive member of society. You’ll be a major part of your child’s life. Parenting isn’t an irreversible decision. You might decide to parent right away, but discover it’s not working and choose adoption.

Adoption is one of the most flexible choices for your unplanned pregnancy. With adoption, you’ll be making a personal sacrifice by placing your child in the care of another family. There are many types of adoption, some which will allow you to be a part of the child’s life and some which will allow you to continue your life without that child. It’s up to you which type of adoption is best for you and your child. Adoption doesn’t come with any costs; you’re able to get help with pregnancy-related expenses. Plus, your life as you know it doesn’t have to stop since you won’t be the primary caregiver for a child. The biggest benefit of all is that your child will be given the best life possible by a family that loves him or her unconditionally.

To find out more about adoption as an option, just call or text us at 1-877-383-6847 at any time!

The Importance of Pre-Natal Care for Your Baby

Young pregnant woman with doctor in ambulance.Getting the best prenatal care early on in your pregnancy will improve your delivery and how fast your body heals afterwards. A pre-natal vitamin and a balanced, healthy diet will help you keep strong. Plus, your emotions and hormones are less likely to take over when you’re making sure to eat properly.

As soon as you can, schedule a visit with your doc to get checked out and get info. If your doctor recommends that you take an iron supplement, make sure to do so. Pre-natal vitamins are wonderful for your nails and hair. I know a number of women that take them long after giving birth to strengthen these two areas. If you need help finding a doctor, please call Adoption Agency Florida at 1-877-383-6847.

Read about how to keep healthy from this book about pregnancy, for women considering adoption. There is a chapter titled “Taking Care of You” in the book So I Was Thinking About Adoption…Considering Your Choices. You can download a free copy by clicking on the image below:

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Can My Parents Make Me Get an Abortion?

I Don’t Want to Do Abortion…Can My Parents Force Me To?

can my parents make me get an abortion?Question: I’m 15 and three weeks ago, I found out that I’m pregnant. My parents are so disappointed in me, and furious. They told me they made an appointment for an abortion. Can they force me to do that?

Answer: No. Unless it’s a medical emergency, there’s no way they could force you into abortion. You have a right to make important health and life choices. We understand that your life seems out of whack right now, but it’s great that you’re really thinking of what’s best for you and your baby. No one can force you to abort your baby. There are three pregnancy choices: abortion, adoption, or parenting. But, abortion is the only one that you can’t change your mind about. Even as a teen mom, you have the choice over what happens to your baby.

Parents hold authority over you and can have tons of influence! Some people say that teens don’t have the physical and mental capacity to understand the results of their decisions. They believe that parents should have the legal right to force their children into a decision as they have the best interests of the child at heart. We suggest that you talk with your parents: will they kick you out if you didn’t do abortion? Finding out more info on open adoption is easy and it’s a positive choice when raising a baby doesn’t seem like it’d work.

Adoption Agency Florida can give you info about the pregnancy choice of adoption. We’re also able to help you find the support you need in your local community. Remember, you are not alone! Just call us at 1-877-383-6847 or send us an email.

Tips for Morning Sickness…Part 2

nauseous in bedToday’s post is packed with tips on dealing with morning sickness! And, it’s a follow-up to part 1, posted last week. Click here to read “Tips for Morning Sickness…Part 1”.

Food is a huge cause for most women who get morning sickness. It’s good to eat right foods and avoid smelling the wrong ones!

Here are 10 tips for dealing with food during your pregnancy:

1. Eat several smaller meals throughout the day. Eating large meals might make you feel sick! At the same time, you’ll get nauseous if you don’t remember to keep a little something in your stomach.
2. When you’re eating, also take your prenatal vitamin. Some women have shared that the vitamins make their stomach too upset if they don’t take it with food.
3. Avoid foods that are spicy and/or acidic, because they irritate your sensitive stomach and make your nausea worse.
4. Drink a beverage (water is great!) about half an hour before and half an hour after eating.
5. Avoid high-fat foods and alternatively, find foods that are high in protein, as they can help diminish your symptoms.
6. Try whichever foods you feel like you can keep down.
7. Steer clear of food that is piping hot, if your sense of smell has become heightened during pregnancy. Cold foods don’t smell as strongly as hot foods.
8. Eating bland foods such as dry crackers, Melba toast, whole wheat toast/bread, fruit, baked potatoes, and pasta seem to help most women alleviate morning sickness symptoms. They’re both light on your stomach and easy to digest.
9. Try drinking a carbonated beverage, like sparkling water.
10. Eat ginger snaps, and drink ginger ale or ginger tea. Ginger is a plant that helps relieve symptoms of morning sickness.

There are varying degrees of morning sickness: it might just make you a little uncomfortable, or it might have you throwing up every hour! The thing to remember is that it typically only lasts during your first trimester. Morning sickness is a totally normal part of pregnancy, and you are experiencing it for a great cause.

Tips for Morning Sickness…Part 1

Woman with morning sicknessMost women don’t think of morning sickness as helpful, but it can be an excellent sign of pregnancy.

It usually begins between the fourth and sixth week of pregnancy. This is often the first sign most women get that they are actually pregnant. Therefore, morning sickness is a clue to start taking better care of your health for you and your baby.

No one knows the exact reason pregnant women experience this time of nausea and vomiting. When you become pregnant, your body is going through many hormonal changes, which are normal. The pregnancy hormone is believed to be the cause of morning sickness. Not much research has been done on the subject. Low blood sugar is also believed to be a contributing factor of nausea and vomiting during early pregnancy.

Morning sickness does not mean you will be sick and vomiting every morning. It can occur at any time of the day or night. It varies from woman to woman and can be brought on by many different things. Knowing what can cause your morning sickness to worsen can be helpful in preventing severe symptoms. Unfortunately, in some cases, nothing can be done to lessen the severity of morning sickness. If you are vomiting more than twice a day or think you may be losing weight, contact your doctor. He or she may prescribe medication that can lessen the symptoms of morning sickness.

Morning sickness can occur regardless of your lifestyle, but there are many factors that may contribute to causing it to be more severe.

Here are 7 tips that might help prevent your nausea and vomiting:

  1. Do not let your stomach get empty. An empty stomach can lead to severe nausea.
  2. Move slowly when getting out of bed in the morning.
  3. If possible, eat a few crackers before getting out of bed.
  4. Drinking plenty of fluids during the day can prevent dehydration.
  5. Get lots of rest, taking naps during the day if possible.
  6. When cooking, keep your kitchen well ventilated to avoid lingering odors.
  7. Get a light amount of exercise, which will help you sleep and get rest.

Check back on our blog next week, when we’ll share part 2 of this series. It’ll have even more tips for coping with morning sickness!

All About Pregnancy Glucose Screening

Pregnancy glucose screeningBetween 24 to 28 weeks into your pregnancy, your doctor will ask you to get you glucose screening test done. Gestational diabetes is one of the more common pregnancy complications: up to 10% of pregnant women develop it. Since there aren’t any symptoms, all pregnant women need to be tested.
 
If you’re in a high risk category, you may have already had glucose screening. You may also have already been asked to get the test if sugar showed up in the urine sample that you leave at every doctor’s visit.
 
Here’s what happens at a pregnancy glucose screening: you drink a really sugary drink. Some women describe it as tasting like a flat soda pop, and others say it’s like Kool-Aid with way too much sugar put in. Some testing places let you choose the flavor, from choices like orange and lemonade. Other testing facilities just have one type of glucose testing drink.
 
After you take the drink, you need to wait at the office for an hour. Then, they will draw a blood sample to see how your body handled the glucose.
 
If you have a high reading from the glucose test, they’ll ask you to come back. Your second test will be a three-hour glucose tolerance test. They’ll probably ask you to fast for 14-hours, have your blood taken, drink the sugary drink, and then have your blood tested every hour, for the next three hours. So make sure to bring your phone to play games on or bring a book! The three-hour glucose tolerance test will show if you for sure have gestational diabetes.
 
Gestational diabetes can usually be kept in check with diet and exercise. And, for most women, it goes away after they deliver.

Can Stretch Marks be Prevented?

stretch marksStretch marks are a drag! They’re caused when your skin stretches or expands rapidly during pregnancy. You’re more likely to get them if:

  • Your mom had them
  • You have darker skin
  • You packed on the pregnancy pounds fast
  • You’re young

About 90% of pregnant women get stretch marks, so know that you’re not alone! So, the question is: can you prevent them?

Most pregnancy sites tell you to moisturize your skin a lot during pregnancy, and drink lots of water to lessen stretch marks.

Trying not to gain too much weight all at once is also recommended, but may be hard to do once the food cravings kick in!

You might try a stretch mark cream or cocoa butter to help minimize stretch marks during pregnancy. It’s advised that you watch the ingredients so you can avoid ones that have retinoids, such as Retin-A, Retinol. These ingredients may be harmful to your baby during pregnancy. So, once you’ve delivered, you might consider trying these.

Some pregnant women have successfully used self-tanners to hide stretch marks.

Giving yourself time for your body to get back to shape is a fix as well: you’ll just have to have patience. If you want them removed permanently, you need to wait until after you have your baby. Then, you can contact a dermatologist for microdermabrasion or laser treatment.