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Serving Expectant Parents Statewide With Offices located in:
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Maintaining Mental and Physical Health During Pregnancy and Adoption Journey

Pregnancy can be a very draining time especially when it is an unplanned pregnancy. It can cause birth mothers to become burnt out or exhausted from all the stress and overwhelming amount of emotions. Maintaining your mental, physical and overall health during your pregnancy and adoption journey is a vital step in this process. Your health is our number one priority here at Adoption Choices Arizona. We believe your and your baby’s physical and mental well-being should be your number one priority as well.

There are a list of do’s and don’ts during pregnancy, and it’s up to you whether or not you follow them. While we can strongly encourage or advise, we cannot force you to go one way or the other. Some things to consider during your pregnancy to maintain good mental and physical well-being are having a healthy diet and exercising. Also, refrain from smoking, doing drugs, or drinking alcohol.  If you need adoption help now, please call or text us at 1-480-900-5520 or visit us at Adoption Choices of Arizona.

Maintaining A Healthy Diet During Your Pregnancy

It is important for expectant mothers to pay close attention to their diet and their daily nutrient intake. What you put into your body and what you fuel yourself with is also what is developing your baby. Consider taking prenatal vitamins to help the developing process of your baby and to reduce possible complications. If there are ever any concerns with your pregnancy and your diet, consult your doctor.

They can prescribe you prenatal vitamins and provide you with a list of safe and beneficial foods for you and your baby. Calcium, protein, and good sources of folate are best for the development of your baby’s brain.  Another key element in maintaining a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy is staying physically active. Exercise can help prepare your body for childbirth and make labor a little bit easier. However, it’s little activities such as walking, swimming, or yoga that can be very beneficial in the long run. In addition, these exercises are low impact, so you are not likely to accidentally harm yourself or your baby. Finally, we want to express the importance of mental health. It is just as essential as your physical well-being.

During pregnancy, it is also very critical to keep your mental health in mind because it can affect how you care for yourself physically. Many mothers experience postpartum depression, and we want to create awareness to potentially reduce the long-term mental effects post-birth. You might be feeling a lot of emotions at once that can be overwhelming and mentally draining. For example, you could be feeling guilt, worry, or anger. We want you to know that you can reach out to us at Adoption Choices Arizona and that you are never alone. 

Avoiding Drugs and Alchol is an Important Step for a Healthy Pregnancy  and Adoption Journey

It is best to avoid the use of drugs or alcohol during pregnancy. There can be serious implications for your baby and can cause serious health risks. We understand that it might be uncomfortable for you to confide in us about your history with drugs or alcohol. However, for Adoption Choices Arizona to be as helpful as possible, we need to know everything. Depending on the type of drug or alcohol used and how much and when the risks associated could vary.  Types of risks include:

  • Miscarriage
  • Stillbirth
  • Low birth weight
  • Premature birth
  • Birth defects
  • SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome)
  • Drug dependency in the baby

Drug and alcohol use can affect or delay your baby’s development and can be harmful long term. Your baby can also be born with physical and mental disabilities if there were to be any drugs, drinking alcohol, or smoking cigarettes or tobacco. 

If you have used drugs and/or alcohol and are considering adoption, contact Adoption Choices of Arizona now by calling or texting 480-900-5520 or via our contact form. We will discuss your options at no obligation. 

For adoption resources or to begin your adoption journey, birth parents can visit us at Adoption Choices of Arizona or call or text us at 1-480-900-5520. If you are a prospective adoptive family hoping to adopt a baby, please instead, visit us here!


Meet the Author: Gabriella Dobson was born and raised in Ohio. She is currently a senior at Miami University majoring in professional writing with a focus on editing. She also minors in criminology and general business. She is a skilled barista and enjoys sipping her coffee with a good book in her hand. She is passionate about helping others and making a difference in the lives around her. With her involvement in St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Women Helping Women, she is able to provide resources for those in need of support.