Now What? First Steps After Choosing Adoption for Your Baby

After you discovered you were pregnant, you might have felt shocked or even panicked. If you decide to choose adoption for your baby, you might still feel like you are treading in deep water. What do you do first? Where do you start?

If you are hoping to pursue adoption for your baby but feel overwhelmed at getting started, here are some first steps that can help you feel more in control of your choice. 

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Nausea and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

Nausea is common in pregnancy, especially in the early stages. Known as morning sickness, nausea and vomiting occur naturally as your body changes. Understanding why nausea happens, what it means if nausea is severe, and how to alleviate nausea can help you stay healthy during pregnancy. Here's what you need to know to ensure a healthy pregnancy and delivery.

What Causes Nausea During Pregnancy?

It is believed that nausea is caused by hormone changes that occur during pregnancy. Specifically, the production of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is believed to be the primary cause of nausea. This hormone is what helps the baby get what it needs during the early stages of pregnancy.

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What Birth Mothers Should Know About Prenatal Depression

Postpartum depression is a serious problem, but at least it's one that most expectant mother know to watch out for. A related condition that's received less attention is prenatal or antepartum depression – depression that occurs sometime during the pregnancy, rather than after.

Birth mothers who plan to give their baby up for adoption may be at particular risk for developing prenatal depression. Here's what you need to know.

What Is Prenatal Depression?

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3 Important Decisions When Placing a Baby for Adoption

The decision to give up a baby for adoption is life-changing. After you have decided to put a baby up for adoption, you will have to decide which adoption agency to use, which family gets the baby, and whether or not you would like to stay in touch with the baby after adoption.

Making these decisions will help you have a less stressful pregnancy and a smoother adoption experience. Here is what you need to know about these three important decisions before placing your baby up for adoption.

1. Which Adoption Agency Will You Use?

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8 Healthy Habits for Pregnant Mothers

Pregnancy causes many changes in the body, including changes in hormones and immune function. These changes often require pregnant women to take better care of themselves. Taking good care of yourself during pregnancy can help keep you and your baby safe. Healthy habits can even lead to an easier labor and delivery. Here is what you need to know.

  1. Take Prenatal Vitamins

Prenatal vitamins contain a lot of the nutrients that pregnant women should consume to ensure healthy development of the fetus. One of these vitamins is called folic acidTaking folic acid reduces the baby's risk of neural tube defects like spina bifida.

Prenatal vitamins also contain iron, which delivers oxygen to your baby, as well as calcium. You will need calcium because you may lose bone density during pregnancy. Follow instructions on the prenatal vitamin bottle to ensure that you take enough capsules throughout pregnancy. 

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Symptoms You Should Never Ignore While Pregnant

From heartburn to nausea and exhaustion, you often experience several uncomfortable symptoms while pregnant. In most cases, these unwanted symptoms are completely normal and will improve as the pregnancy continues or go away completely once the baby is born. However, other symptoms of sickness exist that you shouldn't ignore.

If you experience any of these symptoms during pregnancy, contact your physician right away.

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