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Best Healthy Pregnancy and Birth Plan Tips Leading to Adoption

By Jennah Gunter

Are you experiencing an unexpected pregnancy, considering adoption, or looking to build a solid birth plan leading up to an adoption in Arizona? Adoption Choices of Arizona has just the advice for expecting moms who are looking for ways to maintain a healthy pregnancy or reaching the final stages of the adoption process.  

Pregnancy is a time of growth and nurturing for every mother, including those who have chosen to start the adoption process. Although the decision to place your baby for adoption is made with love and care, it is still very important for you to prioritize your physical and mental health during this period. Follow along with this article to collect valuable tips, pregnancy help,  and advice to guide you through this journey. Additionally, you will find out about adoption agencies in Arizona, resources for emotional support, and understanding as you navigate your open adoption or private adoption. 

During pregnancy, your body is witnessing the growth of another human being and is in the process of giving life. Use these tips as you continue putting forward your best effort to care for your amazing body and the little one developing right with you: 

1. Seek Prenatal Care

You should look for prenatal care as soon as you are aware of your pregnancy. Physicians and health institutions will guide you on how to maintain a balanced diet and exercise routine to encourage optimal health during your pregnancy. Prenatal care reduces the risk of pregnancy and fetal complications. Prenatal care also reduces and controls risks from existing conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes. 

2. Take Your Vitamins and Supplements

According to The Center for Disease Control (CDC), taking 400 micrograms of folic acid per day reduces the risks for neural tube defects by up to 70%. Folic acid can be found in prenatal vitamins and foods such as cereals, breads, and pasta. Folate is a relative of folic acid and can be found in orange juice and leafy green vegetables, though it is not absorbed as well into the body as folic acid. 

3. Avoid Exposure to Alcohol and Tobacco Use

The use of alcohol and tobacco have proven to increase the risk of stillbirths, complications during pregnancy and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The consumption of alcohol, in particular, has been shown to cause disorders on the fetal alcohol spectrum which causes both physical and cognitive disabilities. 

4. Get Enough Sleep. 

It is believed that up to 50% of pregnant women suffer from some form of insomnia. Sleeping on the left side with your legs slightly curled is shown to help control restless legs, anxiety, and blood pressure. Sticking to consistent time for rest can condition your body to sleep and ensures you achieve more rest. 

5. Look after your Mental Health, Too! 

From your hormones to your emotions to changes in your body, pregnancy can be a roller-coaster of adjustments for you. Your mental health is equally as important as your physical health. Take time to clear your mind through meditation, a calming activity such as journaling, or engage in breathing exercises. Feel free to share your feelings with a trusted friend, family member, or therapist to map your emotions and ideas, especially at times when you experience feelings of being overwhelmed, saddened or stressed. 

Finally, your birth plan is one of the most important parts of your adoption process. Talking about your plan in advance and finding what works for you will take place with your Arizona adoption specialist. As you look for ways to solidify your plan, speak with specialists at adoption agencies nearby. Most research done on birth plans focuses on your experience. You can choose to have a doula, midwife, or OB/GYN care for you during birth experience, along with a trusted companion, partner, or family member. It will also be your choice as to whether you speak with the adoptive parents, have them in the delivery room with you, or leave the hospital with them. The purpose of this plan is to set your mind at ease and place realistic expectations for closing your journey. 

Remember. Adoption is never “giving up”. If you are a parent considering adoption in Arizona or seeking to create an adoption plan, contact us at  Adoption Choices of Arizona. Our agencies empower parents to make the best-informed decisions for placing young lives with loving, caring families.