Friday, May 23, 2008

What to do with an Unplanned Pregnancy While in the Military


Being in the military can be an exciting and adventurous life. But an unplanned pregnancy may not work well into your current lifestyle. In fact, pregnancy and the military is often a very tricky pair of circumstances.

The military has rules about whom you can associate with. If you have become pregnant by a man that, according to the military's code, you were not suppose to be intimate with, you could be in a very sticky situation. But no matter who the father of your child is, you need help with an unplanned pregnancy. The military has a hard time providing that help for you. There are resources for you that specialize in helping enlisted women with adoption and helping them get back on their feet.

There are many circumstances that make pregnancy in the military difficult. But no matter why it is difficult for you, you will want to get some advice and help in your options. USA Adoption specializes in military adoption services. It does not matter where you live in the United States, they can help you find and select a loving adoptive family to adopt your baby. You can choose to stay in touch after the adoption through open adoption planning.

Being pregnant is a scary time in your life. Being stationed away from home and away from your loved ones can be stressful. There are many things to deal with and many questions you may have. Maybe you are considering keeping the baby or maybe you know you would like to place the baby with an adoptive family. There are options for you and plenty of support. To get answers to your questions today, you can call
1-800-923-6784, 24 hours a day.

As an expectant birth mother, you will be able to look through each waiting adoptive family's portfolio and read all about them. You will be able to see glimpses inside their life right now and see if you think the family might be right for your baby. Then, when you are ready, you might even decide to talk with the family.

Open adoption is becoming more and more popular for birth mothers today. There are many different levels of open adoption contact. You can decide to have limited contact and just read about the family and decide if they are right to parent your baby. This option is sometimes not enough for birth mothers, so they choose an even more open arrangement with on-going contact; letters, photos and emails exchanged through the child's life.

As the birth mother, you can decide how open you would like the adoption to be. Then you can look for adoptive parents that are willing to work with you on your level. See OpenAdoption.com and Stand by me Adoption for more articles and help. It is not unusual for birth mothers to continue contact with the adoptive family through letters and pictures for years after the adoption. You can decide with the adoptive family you choose what level of openness is going to work for your situation. Remember there is no cost to you and you can select the adoptive parents when you are ready. Expenses are covered in most adoptions.

An unplanned pregnancy in the military or any other time can be very overwhelming. If you need help, visit USA Adoption or call
1-800-923-6784, 24 hours a day to get answers to your questions or you can visit Lifetime Adoption to get help today. Live Chat is also available to you on these sites.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Are You Pregnant and Want To Stop Smoking?


If you have unexpectedly found that you are pregnant and are concerned about the effects of smoking on your unborn child, you are not alone. Many women suddenly want to quit once they find out they are pregnant, but how?

The best time to quit smoking is before you conceive a child, but this is not always possible, especially if your pregnancy was unplanned. We all want to do what is best for our children, but attempting to stop smoking cold turkey while you are pregnant can actually be very traumatic for your baby. Stopping is 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 in 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 increase 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, and you will need lots of help.

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 him what it is you want to do. Ask if there are any stop smoking products that you may use during pregnancy that will be safe for your baby. Your health care provider will likely have a plan that 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.

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 that you understand that it will not be easy. It may not happen right away, but if you keep trying it will happen.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Eating Healthy While You Are Pregnant

Eating right during your pregnancy is important, not only for the health of your unborn baby, but for your own health as well. If you are making plans for adoption, doing all you can to ensure your baby’s health is essential. To give your baby the best start in life, you should begin eating right as soon as you discover you are pregnant.

Keep in mind that your body will need a higher level of vitamins while you are pregnant. Your doctor may prescribe a prenatal vitamin supplement that has larger amounts of calcium and iron. To ensure you and your baby are getting the best nutrition, remember to eat fortified foods that are high in calcium and other vitamins. Many cereals and orange juices are fortified with vitamins and should be part of your healthy diet.

Folic acid is another essential supplement necessary for the optimal health of your baby. You should begin taking folic acid as soon as you discover you are pregnant, and continue taking the supplement through the first weeks of your pregnancy. Folic acid is known to aid in preventing birth defects of the spine and brain.

Natural sources of folic acid include orange juice, beans, peanuts, green leafy vegetables, peas, enriched grain products, broccoli and asparagus. Folic acid is just one of the many healthy benefits of adding these foods to your diet. Your medical professional will provide you with additional information on the benefits of folic acid during pregnancy.

Your doctor may put you on a special diet for various reasons. If you are allowed an ordinary “pregnancy” diet, the specific nutrients necessary for a healthy pregnancy for you and your baby are included in the following daily diet:

  • 6 to 11 servings of grains
  • 3 to 5 servings of vegetables
  • 2 to 4 servings of fruits
  • 4 to 6 servings of milk and milk products
  • 3 to 4 servings of meat and protein foods
  • 6 to 8 glasses of water, fruit juice, or milk
  • Limited servings of fatty foods and sweets

To keep your health at its best and to maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy, work at limiting the amount of sugar and sweets in your diet. This would include soft drinks or other foods which are high in calories and low on nutrition. Moderation is the key. If you find you are craving something sweet, choose fresh fruit or other nutritious alternatives over empty-calorie snack foods.

Eating right will be good for your baby and for you, too. Not only will a healthy diet be best for your baby, but it will also reduce your risk for gestational diabetes and excess weight gain. Losing those extra pounds is much easier the fewer you have to lose.

Wearing a good supportive bra and exercising daily are two areas most women find helpful in staying fit and healthy, both inside and out.

Drinking plenty of water and getting the sleep you need will help your hormones stay balanced and your emotions remain stable.

Consult with your health care provider before trying any new medications or herbal supplements which your doctor has not prescribed for you. Some substances can be harmful to you or your baby. So, always ask first. And remember, smoking cigarettes or pot is very harmful to you and your baby. If you find you are struggling with harmful use or abuse of any substance, seek help. This could be a good time for you to move closer to a healthy lifestyle.

If you are eligible for WIC (a government nutrition program for women, infants and children), you will receive some helpful information from the program’s staff about nutritious foods available for you during your pregnancy.

Many times adoptive parents are allowed to help out with your expenses, including food, during your pregnancy. Just ask your adoption professional about options and available help.

Your medical professional and their staff can give you suggestions that can help you stay fit and healthy throughout your pregnancy and beyond.

Remember to always ask for any help you may need. Your and your baby’s good health will be important to your adoption plan.

For more help about adoption or referral to a medical provider in your area, visit http://www.lifetimeadoption.com/ or call the adoption answer line at 1-800-923-6784.