Self-Care Tips for CO Birth Mothers Navigating Adoption During May
By Naomi Ruiz
The most important thing that a birth mother needs while navigating adoption in Aurora, Colorado, is self-care. While navigating adoption options can be stressful and time-consuming, remember to take time for yourself, which can even help you settle down during pregnancy so that you will have a healthy mind and body to get through the remainder of the adoption process.
Self-Care During and After an Unplanned Pregnancy
While it may take a lot of time to do self-care, there are many simple ways to practice it and see what works best for you. Here are some self-care tips from Adoption Choices of Colorado that can help birth mothers heal during postpartum.
- Get as much rest as you can.
- Accept help from friends and family that want to support you.
- Eat healthy meals and stay hydrated.
- Create a workout routine.
- Spend quality time with your loved ones.
- Join a birth mother support group.
When picking an environment to practice self-care, make sure you choose positive spaces that will aid in your positive outlook and self-care routine. Joining a support group can help with that by allowing you and other birth mothers to share advice on how to self-care.
Make sure you surround yourself with people who support you and your choice to place your baby for adoption. This can help you set boundaries with people who don’t have your best interest at heart. It is always okay and healthy to limit your time around those who do not approve of your choice, and too much negativity can cause a lot of stress and pain.
You also have to learn to see yourself in a positive light, which requires a lot of work on your part and much-needed support. However, positive self-talk will eventually become easier with time and practice. Think about positive things that you like or love about yourself, and get rid of anything that you feel bad about yourself and your pregnancy.
While pregnancy and navigating adoption options can sound like a wonderful process, many birth mothers experience prenatal depression and anxiety. This is a common thing that happens to birth mothers when managing mental health during the adoption process.
Additional Self-Care Throughout Your Adoption Journey
Negative thoughts can be mentally consuming, but that is not the case for positive thoughts. Practice reassuring yourself of your worth whenever you feel down. Always remember to put yourself first and to stick with your boundaries towards people that don’t have your best interest at heart. Your emotions, feelings, and decisions are valid no matter what anyone might think otherwise.
Lean on your support system with any feelings you want to express. One of the suggested self-care tips is to join a support group, and connecting with other birth mothers can be an immensely positive healing experience. You can still follow your adoption plan while practicing self-care. Take a breather to do some activities, then go back to see what other things you might need for your adoption plan.
Why Self-Care During the Adoption Process is Highly Important
Practicing self-care while navigating adoption can seem like a tricky thing to do. Especially when you are doing everything you can to make sure your baby will be okay with their potential adoptive family.
The adoption process can be stressful, from finding the right agencies in Colorado to picking the best match for your baby. It can be an emotional rollercoaster to the point where you may need to take as many breaks as possible to recoup before resuming the process. Adoption Choices of Colorado wants to make sure that all of the birth mothers we work with prioritize their mental health. Learning to manage your mindset when needing to relieve stress can take time.
There is no trivial way for you to practice self-care, and you can explore all of the possible self-care activities to see what works best for you. Self-care is about how you mentally decompress in the healthiest way possible and using it to put yourself first when you need it.
Giving your baby up for adoption is not easy. 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.