This is a safe space for individuals of any background who may be experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Unplanned or planned, pregnancy is a beautiful, yet stressful, journey. An unplanned pregnancy might come as a welcome surprise or a startling reality.
When faced with an unplanned pregnancy, you do have options. You could parent the child, abort the pregnancy, or place the child for adoption. I want to tell you a story that sums up why I think adoption is such a positive, powerful choice for an unplanned pregnancy.
Alionka Hernandez had a nagging feeling something was wrong with her 1-year-old son, Diego. There was his all-too-frequent smile, the way he was so quiet, and how he had spoken “mama” and “papa” at six months of age — and then stopped speaking altogether a few months later.
My son is what Count the Kicks calls a “baby save.” He was born safely after I paid attention to his movement, noticed when something was off, and spoke up to my provider. His birth, and what I have learned about fetal movement since then, have propelled me to become an ambassador for Count the Kicks in my home state of Mississippi.
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I was only seventeen and a senior in high school when I saw those two little lines show up. It was the winter of 2000 and my now husband and I had no idea what to do or even where to start. An unexpected pregnancy can knock anyone at any age off their foundation.
While breast milk is proven to boost the long-term health and wellness of mom and baby, the decision to breastfeed is not always an easy one for new mothers.
Everyone and every pregnancy are different when it comes to upset tummies—some of you might be queasy off and on for a few hours, while others wonder why it isn’t called “all day sickness?!” A lucky 24% of women don’t get this symptom at all and then they might worry why they aren’t having this symptom!
As dads, the reality is that we will never have enough money or people to support us when we need it. Heck, many of us may not have a clue about what a good dad looks like because we’ve never seen one. But, when our kids wake up each morning, they do not see our flaws.
It is important that our children’s dolls, these dolls that they use to emulate human beings, look like them. When our children play with their dolls and the dolls look like them, they are learning to see that as beautiful.