Birth Parents Blog

How to Face Thanksgiving if You Have an Unplanned Pregnancy

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 21, 2018

If you’re dealing with an unplanned pregnancy, you might be wondering how you'll handle your family member’s reactions at Thanksgiving. When you arrive at Thanksgiving dinner with a baby bump, how will you answer their questions?

Being with family during the holidays can be intense, and might bring up issues. Since you're facing a crisis, you might have a difficult time getting "into" all the holiday cheer around you.

Know that you're not alone. Many women have been where you're at, and have felt like you're feeling right now. So today, we're giving you some ideas and tips for you on how you might handle Thanksgiving with an unplanned pregnancy!

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Topics: Holidays, unplanned pregnancy, adoption for my baby, Adoption for my child, hiding my pregnancy

The Test is Positive...Now What?!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 12, 2018

You've been feeling nauseous, your period was late, and you finally went out and bought a pregnancy test.

After nervously waiting the required three minutes, you held your breath and looked at the test. You prayed and demanded that the test have just one line. Your face became flushed as you saw the two lines screaming "positive" at you.

If you're reading this, then chances are this has happened to you! You're probably feeling super-overwhelmed right now. You might be feeling guilt, shock, and resentment. You might even be wondering "now what?"

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Topics: positive pregnancy test, missed period, morning sickness, unplanned pregnancy

The Best of This Blog: Top 10 Posts from 2017

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 29, 2017

In 2017, Lifetime's blog covered topics ranging from how to pick an adoptive family and how to know if adoption's right for you to birth mothers sharing their adoption stories. It's our goal to keep writing useful, quality content for readers like you in the new year!

Here are our top 10 posts of 2017:

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, Adoption for my child, adoption for my baby, is it too late to choose adoption?, is it too late to do adoption?, maternity clothes, prenatal drug exposure, older child adoption, birth father rights

7 Things No One Tells You About Unplanned Pregnancy

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 22, 2017

Many women have stood in line holding a pregnancy test, whether it's for a friend or a "friend." It doesn’t matter who is peeing on the stick: if a pregnancy test is being bought, it's like you can feel the panic in the air.

Once you saw that positive pregnancy test, you might have felt a surge of anxiety. It's as if your stomach dropped to your feet and nothing in life makes sense. For the next few mornings, you wake up with the realization that it wasn’t a dream and you're really pregnant.

Here are 7 things that no one tells you about unplanned pregnancy, and that we want you to know:

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, unplanned pregnancy choices, positive pregnancy test, missed period

"I knew adoption was the best thing I could do for my son"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 5, 2017

What’s it like to experience an unplanned pregnancy while you’re still in college? Check out Hannah’s story and how she came to decide on adoption:

"When I saw that positive pregnancy test, I knew I couldn’t make parenting work. I was a full-time college student at the time, deep in debt, and my baby’s dad”wasn’t in the picture. My son would've been in daycare full-time, only seeing me for a few minutes in the early morning and at night. I would have had to work all the time just to afford the necessities. I knew adoption was the answer for me because there are so many couples that desperately want a child, and are prepared to care for one.

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Topics: place my baby up for adoption, pregnant in college, unplanned pregnancy, positive pregnancy test, Adoption story

I'm Pregnant?! What Should I Do?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 1, 2017

What happens when you take a pregnancy test, and that line appears? When you have an unplanned pregnancy, but don’t want to have a baby yet, this can make your life more complicated than imagined.

An unplanned pregnancy can be depressing, scary, sad, or thrilling. When you see that positive pregnancy test, your emotions might seem like they're changing from minute to minute. This is totally normal!

When you take a few moments to let your news sink in and really think about it, you'll realize that life as you know it will change. No matter what happens next, this has happened.

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, Pregnancy choices, positive pregnancy test, missed period

Your Quick Guide to Thanksgiving Dinner

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season, which for some is also the busiest time of year.  All of the decorating, cooking, planning, and gift shopping can stress anyone out. So, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, especially when you’re pregnant. 

Since being pregnant can weaken your immune system and leave you exhausted, today's post is all about helping you get through Thanksgiving in the healthiest way possible!

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, Holidays, food to avoid when pregnant, foods to avoid when pregnant

Why Would I Consider Adoption?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 10, 2017

Question: I just found out I'm pregnant, and I'm freaking out about what I should do. I'm don't think I could go through with abortion, and I don't know how I'd make parenting work. So I'm wondering what are some common reasons that women choose adoption?

Answer: There are tons of reasons women choose adoption instead of parenting or abortion. For whatever reason, right now they're not ready to parent. 

Lifetime has helped birth mothers of all ages, from 11 to 49! Here are a just a few of their reasons for choosing adoption:

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, Adoption for my child, Adoption help, unplanned pregnancy options, why do women choose adoption?, adopt out my baby

"How do I know the adoptive couple are good people?"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 26, 2017

Question: "I'm 32 weeks along, and I just started looking at the adoptive families on your site. I like what they say about their parenting plans, and they all look friendly. But, how do I know the adoptive couple I pick are good people? How do I know that my baby will be going into a good home?"

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Topics: Adoptive couple, adoptive parents for my baby, Adoptive family, adoption for my baby, choosing adoption for my baby, unplanned pregnancy

Help! I'm Broke AND Just Found Out I'm Pregnant

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 25, 2017

Nothing causes stress like being broke and having tons of unpaid bills. Add an unplanned pregnancy on top of that, and it might seem like the whole world is coming down on you. If you feel that way, know that you have lots of ways to get financial help with your pregnancy and decide on your pregnancy choices.

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Topics: unwanted pregnancy, unplanned pregnancy, unplanned pregnancy options, adopt out my baby, positive pregnancy test, missed period