Health Concerns and Unplanned Pregnancy
Every pregnancy has a chance for complications. However, if you are a birth mother who is considering placing her baby for adoption and you have health concerns, an unplanned pregnancy can make you more nervous and anxious about the process. However, nothing is ever impossible. You can still have a safe and healthy pregnancy and your adoption plan can still succeed, even if you have preexisting health concerns. We understand that health concerns and unplanned pregnancy is worrisome. You’re in good hands. We have compiled a resource that will discuss a few health conditions, how they may affect pregnancy and how to reduce potential risks.
Please note this blog post is not meant to scare you, but rather to inform you on your options. It’s also to encourage you and support you. Adoption Choices of Oklahoma is always here to help you, and we (along with your doctors) can help you determine what will be the best route for you. Also, please keep in mind we are not medical professionals. If you have these health concerns or any other, make sure to stay in constant communication with your doctors.
Health Concerns and Unplanned Pregnancy
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS can cause enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edgers. Women with PCOS have an increased risk of miscarriages and high blood pressure during pregnancy. There are ways women with PCOS can reduce their risk. Doctors will monitor your symptoms and take proper care during your pregnancy. Also, a cesarean delivery might reduce the risk women with PCOS face.
Endometriosis is a health condition where the tissue that lines the uterus lines the outside of the uterus instead. The main complication women with endometriosis face is fertility and having trouble getting pregnant. However, if you are pregnant with endometriosis, that does not mean your baby does not stand a chance. There are several expectant birth mothers who state their symptoms actually got better during pregnancy.
Anemia is when a person has a lower number of healthy red blood cells. In women who are pregnant, it can cause them to feel tired and weak throughout their pregnancy. However, taking iron and folic acid supplements can help. Also, healthcare providers will check your levels throughout your pregnancy to ensure your red blood cell count is at the appropriate levels.
Mental Health Conditions
There are many different mental health conditions that can impact a birth mother’s pregnancy. The feelings may vary per person, but could include a loss of interest in fun activities, or changes in appetite, sleep or energy. Regardless of the symptoms, depression can make it hard for the birth mother to care for herself or the baby during pregnancy. Like any other health concern, it is important to discuss with your doctor early on in your pregnancy how you are feeling. That way, a specific plan can be put in place to ensure your happiness throughout your pregnancy.
Find Your Support Network
The most important aspect of every pregnancy is finding a support network to help you out. This could include family members, friends or doctors. They will all be there to help you and guide you so you do not ever feel like you’re alone during your pregnancy. Also, if you choose to place your baby for adoption, you’ll have us at well! Adoption Choices of Oklahoma will always be here to back you up, support you and help you throughout whatever challenges you face during your pregnancy.
Adoption Choices of Oklahoma is a private adoption agency, licensed by the state of Oklahoma and leader in the adoption community. We have been assisting birth parents, children, and adoptive families in Oklahoma for over 19 years. Our staff members are committed to providing an ethical, empowering, and personalized adoption experience to all involved in the adoption process. If you are currently in the process of adopting a baby and have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us.
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