Birth Parents Blog

How to Survive Work During Your Third Trimester

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 3, 2017

This post originally appeared on our blog a couple of years ago as "Working During Your Third Trimester? 6 Tips on How to Survive," and we've refreshed it for 2017.

During the last trimester of your pregnancy, you probably get tired so easily that it feels like a big accomplishment to do anything (like tying your shoes!) Even though it seems like every day brings a new and obnoxious side effect, you still have to arrive at your job on time and put in work.

Here are 6 quick tips on how to survive work when you're very pregnant:

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Topics: Open Adoption, adoption plan, working during pregnancy, pregnancy tips, third trimester

Pregnancy Q&A: Is It Safe to Tan While I'm Pregnant?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 19, 2017

Question: "I've always tanned in tanning beds starting right around this time of year. My skin is soo pale, I feel like I look like a ghost if I don't have a healthy glow! But this spring, I'm preggo. Is it safe for me to tan while I'm pregnant?"

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Topics: Healthy pregnancy, Look great during pregnancy, pregnancy tips

12 Valuable Questions to Ask Your OB-GYN

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 7, 2017

You might be nervous when you go to see your OB-GYN doctor, and forget the questions you meant to ask. We recommend printing this list out or saving it to your phone, then bringing it along with you to your doctor’s appointment. Here are 12 questions to ask your OB-GYN doctor:

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Topics: pregnancy help, pregnancy tips, questions to ask OB-GYN, questions to ask my doctor

10 Free Pregnancy Apps That’ll Help You!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 17, 2017

Technology and the way we get information has changed so much since smartphones came around. Still, you might be surprised if your doctor recommends that you check out apps for staying up to date on your baby’s development!

The 10 apps for pregnancy we list do a wide variety of things, from giving you free prenatal workouts to comparing your baby’s size to certain fruits! Here are some of our favorite pregnancy apps out there:

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Topics: Healthy pregnancy, pregnancy tips, pregnancy week-by-week, pregnancy apps, apps for pregnancy, smart phone pregnancy app, pregnancy apps for iPhone, pregnancy apps for Droid

How to Find Cute (and Affordable!) Maternity Clothes

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 15, 2016

If you’re dealing with an unexpected pregnancy and have no idea what you’re going to do, cute maternity clothes may be the last thing on your mind right now.

But as your belly expands, you might start wondering how you’ll afford to buy a whole new wardrobe. Lifetime has you covered! Today we’re sharing tips on how you can save money while still looking cute during your pregnancy.

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Topics: maternity clothes, Maternity fashion, pregnancy tips, Pregnant and considering Adoption

Could I Be in Labor?: 5 Signs to Watch For

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 15, 2016

If you’re in the third trimester of pregnancy, you might be wondering how you’ll know when you’re really in labor. Even women who've had other children can't always determine when labor is starting. It’s because lots of the early signs of labor are uncertain and easy to mistake for something else. So, before you pack up for the hospital, check to see if you have these common signs that you are in labor:

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Topics: Labor preparation, third trimester, pregnancy tips

New Smart Phone Shows How Your Baby's Developing

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 20, 2016

Are you curious about how your baby is growing, but it's not time yet for an ultrasound? Here's a new app (for Droids and iPhones) that lets you see week-by-week development: See Baby Pregnancy Guide. It's free, easy to use, and so loaded with info!

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Topics: Pregnancy, pregnancy tips, app on pregnancy, prenatal development, smart phone pregnancy app

The Top 4 Online Pregnancy Tools

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 6, 2016

As you might remember reading about, we blogged last month that  there are tons of free pregnancy apps to choose from. But maybe you don’t have a smartphone, or like using a computer better. There are lots of online pregnancy tools to help guide you through your pregnancy.

From due date calculators to personalized pregnancy calendars, pregnant women today have so many online tools to choose from. The sites listed here will let you learn even more about your pregnancy...

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Topics: pregnancy tips, pregnancy health, online pregnancy tool, online pregnancy tools, pregnancy websites

7 Simple Tips for Handling Mood Swings During Pregnancy

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 12, 2016

If you feel like your moods are all over the place during your pregnancy, you're not alone. Many pregnant women get teary easily, or get irritated easily and feel that they can't control their emotions. Plus, dealing with an unplanned pregnancy and facing the stress of making a choice of what you'll do is probably adding to your feelings of being out of control.

Here are some simple tips for how you can manage what seems like uncontrollable emotions:

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, Healthy pregnancy, pregnancy counseling, pregnancy tips, mood swings during pregnancy

The Top 5 Free Pregnancy Apps

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 1, 2016

Smart phones (like iPhones and Droids) are great for lots of things, such as checking your email & Facebook, playing games, adding fun apps, checking the weather, and setting up reminders for yourself.

But did you know that there are also lots of great pregnancy apps out there? We’ve put together a list of 5 free apps that we think are handy to have to answer your questions when you’re pregnant:

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Topics: Healthy pregnancy, pregnancy tips, pregnancy week-by-week