Self-Care Tips for Birth Mothers in Colorado Who are Considering Adoption During the Month of May
May brings us wonderful things, like warmer weather, blooming flowers, and the promise of summer. But Mother’s Day also falls in May, and if you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy or have already given birth and are going through the heartache of giving up your baby for adoption, Mother’s Day could be a complicated and even traumatic event for you.
Everything you’re going through might make self-care seem overwhelming and impossible, but it’s for that very reason that self-care is so important for birth mothers. Adoption Choices of Colorado prioritizes caring for birth mothers in Colorado every day. We want to help you do the same for yourself. Make your own health and wellbeing a priority in May! Here are a few ideas to help you take care of yourself this month.
Pregnancy and Delivery can be Physically Hard on Your Body
Growing another human takes a tremendous amount of physical strength and energy. While pregnant, your baby receives all of his or her nourishment and care through your body. Making good food choices, exercising, getting plenty of rest, and drinking enough water can not only ease some of the physical challenges of pregnancy, but those habits can help you deliver a healthy baby. All of those same habits can help speed up your postpartum recovery time as well.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge occasionally. Treating yourself to a lazy day in bed with pizza or ice cream can be the best thing for you once in a while. We all need a quiet, safe space. If your bed and a pint of ice cream is that space for you, give yourself a break and go there for a day. A bubble bath can ease some of the physical symptoms of pregnancy and delivery, as well. (Your doctor will advise you when it’s safe for you to take a bath after giving birth.) Find something that soothes your soul and set aside time to do it. As a birth mother, you deserve and need self-care.
Self-care can Mean Talking to Someone Who Understands
If you’re exploring options for an unplanned pregnancy or if you’ve recently made the decision to place your child for adoption in Colorado, you may feel isolated, alone, and in crisis. If you feel overwhelmed, reach out. It could be to your adoption caseworker, a support group of other birth mothers, or a close friend who understands. Even without the added emotion that comes with placing your baby for adoption, childbirth causes hormonal fluctuations that can bring strong feelings and wild mood swings.
An important part of self-care is finding someone you can trust to talk through the experience with you, and your adoption agency is a good place to start. Adoption Choices of Colorado can help connect you with a birth mother support group.
For some women, it helps to journal during this time. Journaling can help you organize the thoughts, fears, ideas, emotions, and feelings coursing through your body. You’re going through an intensely emotional experience. Journaling can provide an outlet, almost like self-counseling. Later, if you planned an open adoption and have a relationship with your child, you may choose to share the journal with him or her as a glimpse into your journey.
Self-Care Means Giving Yourself a Break
Everything you’re going through physically, mentally, and emotionally is natural. From the panic of facing an unplanned pregnancy to the wild hormone shifts to the grief of giving up your baby to the adoptive family, it’s all part of your journey. Right now, it might feel like life won’t ever be okay again, but it will. The trauma you may be feeling won’t last forever.
If you find yourself bursting into tears for no apparent reason one minute and giddy with unexplained energy the next, give yourself permission to indulge those feelings. All of that is common to pregnancy and childbirth and completely natural.
If any of those feelings become overwhelming, don’t hesitate to reach out. We all need help sometimes. One key aspect of self-care for birth mothers is remembering to ask for help when you need it. You are not alone. Adoption Choices of Colorado provides support services, such as counseling, to make sure you have the care and support you need throughout your adoption journey.
Making your Own Birth Mother’s Day Story in May
As a birth mother, you are a brave and special person. Choosing to place your child for adoption is among the most loving choices a person can make. Your sacrifice created a new family. Your child will grow up in a nurturing home with tremendous opportunities. If you have chosen an open adoption plan, you may build new Mother’s Day traditions unique to your adoption triad. But even for birth mothers who chose closed adoption, you are a valid part of the honor given to loving mothers of all kinds during this month of May. Remind yourself of the unique role you play in your child’s life story, and make time for yourself this month. As a birth mother, self-care is an important part of your healing process.
If you need more ideas for how to practice self-care or want help taking your next steps, we are here to help. Adoption Choices of Colorado has the resources you need. Click on the link or reach out to your caseworker directly for more information.
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and want to learn more about your adoption options, contact Adoption Choices of Colorado by email, phone, or text: Email Us, Text us: 720-371-1099, Call us: 303-670-4673 (HOPE). If you are hoping to adopt, please contact us here.
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