Wondering if you’re ready to adopt? To begin with, how about listing out the reasons why you want to adopt a baby.
In fact, your motives can reveal a lot about your readiness. And to help you find out if you are really ready, here is a list of motives that are not the right ones. Maybe your situation is similar to one of these, but it is important that you get the right perspective.
Don’t adopt, if these are the reasons:
We can’t have biological children:
This may be the right time to start thinking about adoption, but you definitely need to get past this notion of “Second-best”
My infertility is a constant source of sadness and it hurts:
True, infertility can be devastation, but don’t turn to adoption as a cure.
Read: Life Beyond Infertility
I’m well off financially and my religion tells me to reach out to the needy:
Adoption is not for those with a patronizing attitude. Maybe you could donate money to a charitable organization instead.
I really want to adopt, but my husband is not so sure. I guess he will come around once we adopt!
No, what if he doesn’t?
Our marriage is shaky and a child will bring us together.
That has never happened!
I love children, and as I’m a teacher/ social worker, I have a way with them.
Being a professional is very different from being a parent.
We – my partner and I – really want to build a family. We are looking forward to parenting. We know we have a lot to learn, but we want to make a beginning.
Yes! Go for it! This is probably the right reason to adopt a child – and you are ready for it!
Tips & Tricks
Dieting during pregnancy can cause abnormalities and a low birth weight in your baby; therefore your ideal weight should be reached before pregnancy.
Taking folic acid in its natural form before pregnancy can prevent serious birth defects. You can find them in fruits and vegetables, fortified cereals, and enriched bread products. If you’re planning to conceive, you should consume at least 400 micrograms of folic acid a day.
If you are on contraceptive pills, it could take a few months before your periods are regular and you begin ovulating again. It usually is best to stop the pills at the end of a cycle to avoid mid-cycle bleeding.
Before buying a home pregnancy test kit, be sure to check the expiry date. For accurate results, take the test after one week after the missed period; testing very early, can give you negative results.
Green tea and orange pekoe (popularly known as 'regular') are considered to be excellent fertility enhancers. Research has shown that women who regularly drink tea, increase their chance of conception.