Options for an Unplanned Pregnancy as a Birth Mother in Las Vegas
Options for an Unplanned Pregnancy as a Birth Mother
Having an unplanned pregnancy may have you scrambling to determine what to do next. You are faced with the complex decision whether to proceed with the pregnancy and parent the child, terminate your pregnancy, or place your child up for adoption. Let’s explore additional things to consider when deciding among your options for an unplanned pregnancy as a birth mother.
Upon finding that you are pregnant, the health of you and your baby will be among your immediate concerns. Work with your health care provider to determine the health status of the baby, and how to care for yourself in the upcoming months. Possible questions you may have as an expectant mother may include the following:
- What type of dietary changes do I need to make now that I am pregnant?
- I am on an alternative diet. How can I ensure that I am consuming the proper nutrients?
- How will my appetite change with pregnancy? What is normal?
- How much food should I be consuming at various stages of pregnancy?
- What medications are safe to take while pregnant?
- What complications should I expect if I become ill?
- What are common conditions that occur during pregnancy?
- Is it safe to exercise while pregnant?
- Is it safe to have sex?
- How may my physical activity become limited over the duration of the pregnancy?
Be sure to take note of all your questions and concerns as they arise and discuss them with your practitioner at each visit. If you need immediate information, inquire about whether your health facility allows for communication (e.g. e-mail or phone) with your health provider between visits.
As you inch closer to your baby’s arrival, you will want to ensure that you are prepared to meet all of your baby’s needs. It is important to know what resources are available to you. You may wonder if you need to have given birth to be eligible to begin receiving benefits. In many cases, expectant mothers in need are eligible to receive assistance prior to giving birth. In order to determine the earliest time at which you may receive benefits, you will need to research your local laws and issuing agencies. Depending on your circumstances you may be eligible to receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF. Recipients of TANF may be eligible to receive assistance for food, housing, and other necessities, however, it is important to note that TANF benefits are not allocated toward medical needs.
Terminating Your Pregnancy
You may come to the often-sensitive decision to terminate your pregnancy and will need to locate an abortion provider. Once you have found one, you will want to be informed on what to expect and the nature of the services being provided. Do not hesitate to research and inquire about a potential provider’s qualifications or a facility’s standard operations. Common questions and concerns for abortion providers often revolve around confidentiality, patient safety, abortion procedure, and aftercare.
- How does this facility ensure confidentiality for its patients?
- What security measures does the facility have in place to protect patient information?
- Who will have access to my information?
- How do I know if a practitioner is qualified to perform abortions?
- What are possible complications with abortion procedures?
- Are there conditions that make having an abortion a higher health risk for me?
- What is the abortion procedure like?
- What type of abortion procedure is right for me?
- How long will the procedure take?
- Will I experience discomfort during the procedure?
- How long will it take for me to recover from the procedure?
- Will I require follow-up care?
- What if I need counseling after having an abortion? Does your staff ensure that patients are aware of mental health resources that may be available to them?
You may consider the possibility of helping hopeful parents fulfill a dream of bringing a new child into their lives. If you have made the decision to place your child up for adoption, it is often difficult to know how to begin the process of transitioning your child to another parent or family. Utilizing an adoption agency can help ease the burdens on parents considering placing a child up for adoption.
Adoption Choices of Las Vegas is here to answer any questions you may have and offer step-by-step guidance for beginning the adoption process. You may have questions about your child’s adoptive family, how long the process will take, or whether the adoption will be closed or open. We offer a wide range of options for you to choose from, and will even help you formulate an adoption plan for your child.
Know that Adoption Choices of Las Vegas is here to help you navigate the adoption process and support you every step of the way.
Options for an Unplanned Pregnancy as a Birth Mother
Determining how to move forward with an unplanned pregnancy is never easy. Yet, you have options and you don’t have to go through this journey alone. No matter what you choose, make sure that you research everything you can about each option. We want you to feel confident about your decision. Only you know what’s best for you and your baby.
Adoption Choices of Las Vegas has been providing adoption and surrogacy services across in Las Vegas since 2012. For information more general to Nevada, please visit our mother site Adoption Choices of Nevada. For information specific to Reno, please visit our sister site Adoption and Surrogacy Choices of Reno. You can also call us to speak to someone now. Contact Us 24/7: CALL OR TEXT 702-474-4673
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