The Adoption Process: Keeping the Expectant Mother and Baby Healthy

Being pregnant is a major life responsibility requiring much patience, time, and love.

When considering adoption, it is important to remember to maintain healthy habits in order to keep the baby healthy and strong. If you are a young pregnant teen who is experiencing this process for the first time, Methodist Mission Home can guide you and help you ensure a healthy and successful pregnancy.

Here are a few tips to help an expectant mother stay well so her baby can also grow to be healthy and strong:

Stay Hydrated
Hydration is healthy for a mother’s body and is essential for the life of the baby. Drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day provides great health benefits. Hydration can keep the both baby and mother cleansed and pure. Water is an essential element of life so be sure to drink plenty of it.

Avoid Smoking, Alcohol, and Caffeine
Make an effort to avoid smoking, alcohol, and caffeine. All three of these can do serious damage to an unborn child. Eliminate alcohol and caffeine by replacing those substances with water or fruit juice. Snacking, mints, or chewing gum have shown to be great substitutes for smoking. In this case, breaking a smoking habit will help the baby, and it can help the mother as well. Eating nutritious snacks like fruits and vegetables (carrots, apples, celery etc.) can help the mother be rid of the habit and begin a healthier one.

Frequent Meals
Eating five to six meals a day is essential. This does not mean over-indulging in low quality or highly caloric foods, but rather taking in the necessary, complete calories for two. Maintaining a healthy diet by avoiding empty calories and focusing on nutrient rich foods will help nourish both a mother and her baby. Try to cut down on foods high in sodium; sadly, for some this will mean limiting trips to fast food restaurants. Replacing a loaded bacon cheeseburger with a salad or a chicken dish can be an excellent option. Eating healthy foods is a great step in the right direction for a mother and baby’s health.

Regular Exercise
Continuing an exercise routine or starting a new one is another great way to stay healthy during pregnancy. Exercising is pivotal to getting the best experience out of one’s body, pregnant or not. Walking twenty minutes to a half an hour can reduce stress and can also release endorphins which increase mood and happiness. Other benefits of exercise include help with increased circulation and improved cardiovascular function.

Following these suggestions, along with getting at least eight hours of sleep per night, will help any mother and her baby stay on track for a healthy and more enjoyable pregnancy. Methodist Mission Home is an adoption center with many opportunities for birth counseling as well as pregnancy resources and supportive services for those who may have any questions. We have years of experience in pregnant teen support, helping with the journey during the pregnancy, post-natal, and adoption stages. Visit our website at provplace.org or call us with any concerns or questions about adoption information.

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