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How to Survive at Work in Your Third Trimester

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 13, 2019

During the last few weeks of your pregnancy, you’re probably getting tired so easily that it’s like a major achievement to do anything. (Ever try tying your shoes lately?!)

It might seem like each day during your third trimester brings a new symptom and side effect. However, you're still expected to arrive to your job and smile and work like everyone else.

Here are 6 tips on how to survive life at work when you are very, very pregnant:

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Topics: Open Adoption, Pregnancy choices, adoption plan, working during pregnancy, pregnancy tips, third trimester, pregnancy health, pregnancy tip

Can My Parents Make Me Get an Abortion?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 23, 2019

"I'm 15 and just found out that I'm pregnant. I'm not sure if I'm ready to be a mom, but I don't think I could go through with getting an abortion, either. My boyfriend and my friends tell me I'd be a great mom. My parents are furious and told me they made an appointment for an abortion. Can they make me get an abortion?"

No one can make you have an abortion if you don't want to. Unless you're in a medical emergency and your life is in danger, they can't force you to have an abortion. Medical providers can only perform abortions for women who've decided to have one. Plus, even though you're under 18, you have the right to make important choices about your health and life.

Think about what's best for your life right now. Becoming a mom because your friends think you should, or getting an abortion since your parents think you should might not be what's right for you. Sure, you may get advice from others around you, but only you can decide what's best for your situation.

Any woman who has an unplanned pregnancy has three choices. She can become a parent, get an abortion, or choose adoption for her baby. To decide between parenting, abortion, or adoption in teen pregnancy, you’ll first need to understand exactly what these options involve. Today, we're going over all three choices, so that you can best decide which is right for you!

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Topics: teen pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, Pregnancy choices, unwanted pregnancy options, pregnancy options, abortion or adoption, unplanned pregnancy choices, abortion vs adoption

How Long Do I Have to Change My Mind About Adoption?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 25, 2019

Making an adoption plan for your baby is a big decision and one that might make you feel uncertain. Many women thinking about adoption worry that they might regret their decision later on, and wonder, "What if I change my mind? Can I give my baby up for adoption and get her back later?"

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Topics: Pregnancy choices, adoption decision, unplanned pregnancy choices, why do women choose adoption?, how long do I have to change my mind?

Is Adoption the Right Choice for Me?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 16, 2018

Are you wondering whether adoption is the right choice for you and your baby? You might be feeling overwhelmed, scared, alone, and unsure. Let us assure you that you're not alone. While you may feel like you're the only one in the world facing an unplanned pregnancy, you're not. It's normal to feel that way.

But you're not the first or the last to walk this path. That can be comforting to hear because it means that there are resources, support, and information available to help you right now. Knowing your options and becoming well-informed can help you to feel more confident about whichever decision you make.

Today, we're giving you questions you can ask yourself to help decide if parenting or adoption is going to be the right choice for you!

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Topics: Pregnancy choices, adopt out my baby, adoption for my baby, choosing adoption for my baby, unplanned pregnancy choices

"I'm looking for a couple to adopt my baby"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 30, 2018

Here at Lifetime, we get messages every day from women facing situations like this: "I'm 8 months pregnant and raising a little girl too.  Money's always been tight, so I have no idea how I'm going to feed another mouth. I'm contacting you because I'm thinking that adoption will be best for my soon-to-be-born baby. I'm looking for a couple to adopt my baby, and I'm wondering how do I adopt out my baby?"

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Topics: Pregnancy choices, adoption for my baby, is adoption right for me, adopt out my child, give my baby up for adoption, 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

I’m 16 and Pregnant! What Should I Do?!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 20, 2016

Question: I’m 16 and I just found out that I’m pregnant. My boyfriend and I have only had sex once! I haven’t told him yet, and I definitely don’t want to tell my parents. I love my boyfriend and I don’t want to lose him! What should I do?

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, 16 and Pregnant, teen pregnancy, Pregnancy choices, unplanned pregnancy options

Help! I’m Pregnant and Have No Clue How to Tell My Parents

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 8, 2016

If you live with your parents and have just found out you're pregnant, you're likely freaking out right now. Maybe you're still in high school, or maybe you've moved back in with your parents after college.

No matter your living situation, breaking the news to them that you have an unplanned pregnancy may be hard. Unsure how to tell your parents you are pregnant? We've created helpful tips to help you!

So we've made a quick list of 3 steps to follow to tell them:

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, Pregnancy choices, unplanned pregnancy options, tell my parents i'm pregnant

Why I Chose Adoption for My Baby

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 10, 2015

Rebecca’s Adoption Story

When you’re pregnant and thinking about your choices, it can help to hear from someone who’s been “in your shoes.” Here’s one woman’s story about how she decided adoption was the best course of action for her situation...

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Topics: Adoption for my child, Pregnancy choices, Adoption story, adoption for my baby

How to Tell Your Baby’s Father You’re Thinking About Adoption

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on September 4, 2015

So, you’ve just taken a pregnancy test and have realized with shock that you’re pregnant. What?! You weren’t ready to become a mom right now! If adoption is the pregnancy choice that you’d like to do, your next step is telling the news to your baby’s father...

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Topics: teen pregnancy, Baby's father, Pregnancy choices