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Abortion or Adoption? How to Make the Choice That's Right For You

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 9, 2019

"Abortion is quick and easy. A clean break. No one will even have to know I was pregnant."

Many believe that abortion is a quick fix for a pregnancy they didn't plan on. In reality, things are much more complicated. This "quick fix" can be followed by lifelong regret and grief.

Desperate for a "quick fix," women sometimes rush into an abortion decision before they've had the chance to explore all of their pregnancy options fully.

We encourage you to explore all of your options, so you can make a fully informed decision about what’s best for you. Before making this decision, it's important to consider some of the challenges of this option:

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, pregnancy pregnant decisions, missed period, positive pregnancy test, abortion or adoption, unplanned pregnancy choices, abortion vs adoption

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

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, missed period, positive pregnancy test, unplanned pregnancy choices

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, missed period, positive pregnancy test

Telling Your Parents You're Pregnant? Get Our 4 Quick Tips

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 29, 2017

Telling your family about your unplanned pregnancy can make for an awkward conversation. Because they're shocked, your parents might say things that they probably don’t mean.

The idea of breaking the news to your parents that you're pregnant might be stressing you out, especially if you think they'll be disappointed in you.

Today, we're giving you 4 quick tips for getting through this conversation with your family:

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Topics: missed period, positive pregnancy test, tell my parents i'm pregnant

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

I'm Pregnant! Should We Get Married?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 8, 2017

Question: I just got a positive pregnancy! Being a mom wasn't something I planned on at 19! My baby's dad and I have been dating for two years now. Would it be best if we just settled down now and got married? Then, we can try and raise this kid together...

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Topics: Relationships, unplanned pregnancy, Baby's father, Marriage, relationship questions, baby's dad, missed period, positive pregnancy test

What Happens When People in College Get Pregnant?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 4, 2017

Picture waking up to go to your morning classes after being awake most of the night with a crying baby. When you’re done with your classes, you go to your job for 8 hours. Once you’re done with work, you pick up your baby from childcare. Then, you return home and start the process all over again. In this situation, you’re not really raising your child; the daycare provider is doing most of the nurturing and caring for your child. Even though this daily routine is necessary, it’s not the best way for a child to start out.

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, unplanned pregnancy options, missed period, positive pregnancy test, modern adoption, pregnant in college, I think I'm pregnant

Is Adoption Right for Me?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 21, 2017

Sometimes, life has a funny way of not turning out like you expected it to. Whether you’re dealing with an unplanned pregnancy or looking for a family to adopt your child, you can contact Lifetime right now and get the help you need by calling 1-800-923-6784. Or, if you’re not quite ready to talk just yet, you can text us at that number.

Have you found yourself wondering, 'Is adoption right for me?' At Lifetime, we’ll help you learn about your adoption choices and give you truthful answers to your questions. Lifetime offers free adoption help and counseling for anyone considering placement. 

Whether you’ve already delivered and are wondering 'should I give up my baby for adoption?' or you’re hiding a pregnancy, Lifetime can help you, day or night.

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, is adoption selfish, unplanned pregnancy options, adopt my baby, is adoption right for me, missed period, what is adoption like?

Common Early Pregnancy Symptoms?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 8, 2016

Whether you've had a missed period or just feel strange, you're probably wondering what early pregnancy symptoms are. "How soon could I have pregnancy symptoms?" is a question women frequently ask. The truth is, there's no one-size-fits-all list of common pregnancy symptoms. Every woman's body is different in the early weeks of pregnancy. Some throw up every day, and others don't feel any different. Some women even experience symptoms that feel like PMS!

We recently took a survey, and asked women how they felt early on in their pregnancy. Here's what they had to say:

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