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Six Months Pregnant and Don't Want the Baby [What Can I Do?]

Your Unplanned Pregnancy Options at 6 Months

You can regain control of your life and create a better future, even when you’re six months pregnant and don’t want the baby. To get free support and information about your options, call 1-800-ADOPTION at any time.

If you’re asking yourself, “I’m six months pregnant and don’t want the baby; what do I do?” because parenting wasn’t in the script, you still have options.

  • At this point, you’re more than halfway through your pregnancy. You may have bounced back and forth between choices, and nothing seems quite right.

  • Or, maybe, you’re still not sure what your unplanned pregnancies options are.

  • Either way, we’re here to help. Being informed about the choices you can make will lead you to a better decision.

Even though this unplanned pregnancy has no doubt been difficult, you can make the best out of this season of life. To get more support and guidance during your sixth month of pregnancy, get connected with an adoption specialist today.

What to Expect at 23–27 Weeks

You’re well into the second trimester of your pregnancy, and it is increasingly important to stay on top of your health. For your sake and for the baby, you need to know what to expect and what to look for during these weeks of pregnancy.

  • 23 Weeks Pregnant: It may seem crazy, but at this point, the baby is actually beginning to listen to the outside world. His or her development is really taking shape. Along with that, he or she is getting bigger and bigger, which puts more strain on your body. Make sure to do things to take care of yourself, like eating enough nutrients and getting plenty of rest.

  • 24 Weeks Pregnant: When’s the last time you scheduled an appointment with your OB? At this stage of pregnancy, you should be seeing them about once a month. Even when you are 24 weeks pregnant and don’t want the baby, you need to stay up to date with your doctor visits.

  • 25 Weeks Pregnant: Have you taken your glucose challenge test? This test looks at blood sugar levels to make sure you and the baby are getting what you need. If not, now is a good time to schedule it. This test can rule out several potentially dangerous conditions, like gestational diabetes.

  • 26 Weeks Pregnant: It’s sure to be difficult when you are 26 weeks pregnant and don’t want the baby — but remember to keep up with the things you need to do for yourself. The baby is becoming very active, which can interrupt sleep. That means you should rest any chance you get.

  • 27 Weeks Pregnant: You’re 13 weeks from birth. Crazy, right? Now is a good time to begin creating a hospital plan. You can tour maternity wards near you and preregister with your hospital. That way, when the time comes, everyone knows exactly where to go and what to do.

Unwanted Pregnancy Options at Six Months

Do you feel overwhelmed by all this information, and by the difficult decision you are trying to make? You don’t have to go through this alone. If you are lacking support from a spouse or family members, and you know you need someone to help you with these choices, you can contact American Adoptions’ pregnancy hotline at any time.

If you call and speak with an adoption specialist, they will help you understand your pregnancy options when you are six months pregnant and don’t want the baby.

Every situation is unique, which means your pregnancy options will also be unique. Generally speaking, the three choices for expectant mothers who are around 27 weeks pregnant and don’t want the baby are:

  • Parenting: Do you want to raise your baby, but you just aren’t sure if it’s possible? There are resources that can help you. Parenting can be challenging, but it can also be incredibly rewarding.

  • Adoption: Adoption is an opportunity to move forward with your personal goals and aspirations while giving your baby an opportunity to thrive in an adoptive family. If you choose adoption, there are many benefits during the remainder of your pregnancy that can make this process easier.

  • Abortion: At this point in your pregnancy, an abortion is highly unlikely. Most states outlaw abortion after 20–24 weeks. However, if you feel that your pregnancy is a danger to your health, you should speak with a medical professional about this procedure immediately.

Can You Put a Baby Up for Adoption if You Are Six Months Pregnant?

If raising your baby isn’t a possibility, adoption is a choice that can help you regain control of your life while doing something incredible for your child.

  • You can choose adoption when you are six months pregnant and don’t want the baby.

  • You’re not too far along, and an adoption specialist would love to work with you to create your adoption plan.

Working with an adoption specialist gives you someone to go to when you are confused or need help. Those decisions we mentioned before, like creating a hospital plan, pre-registering with the hospital and staying on top of doctor visits, are things that your specialist can help with. Additionally, your adoption plan will include things like choosing the best adoptive family for your baby and deciding on a communication plan with the family. 

“I can honestly say I have no regrets dealing with this whole process. I encourage any young woman to not look over adoption as an option because it might just be the best decision you’ve ever made. I had such a great experience working with American Adoptions. I absolutely love that they are always there and willing to help anytime if you need it. As for the family I chose, I love and cherish them very much. I am glad to say that I made them ‘whole,’” said Tonya, a birth mom who placed her baby for adoption through American Adoptions.

When you choose adoption, you’re in charge and your adoption specialist is there to guide you. This process is focused on meeting your needs and helping you accomplish something that is best for your life.

How to Start Your Adoption

Call 1-800-ADOPTION to start your adoption process today. If you’re still not quite sure which option is best, that’s okay, too. You can still call and speak to a specialist who will help you understand all of your choices when you are six months pregnant and don’t want the baby.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is American Adoptions the right adoption agency choice for many birth mothers?

American Adoptions is one of the largest licensed adoption agencies in the United States. Each year, we work with thousands of women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and offer assistance to these women. Our large, caring staff is able to assist you seven days a week and provide you with one-on-one counseling about your pregnancy and available options.

You should choose an adoption agency where you feel completely comfortable with their services and staff. With American Adoptions, you will work with an Adoption Specialist who is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Adoption Specialist will be your advocate and will provide support and guidance as you create an adoption plan that is right for you.

How will the family tell my child about me and the adoption when my child is older?

Each family has their own style of introducing adoption to the child. When you are matched with an adoptive family, you can ask them this question. If you would like your Adoption Specialist to discuss it for you, just let her know. He or she can share your wishes or provide good ideas from other adoptive families.

You will also be able to share what you want your baby to know about you. You can complete a keepsake booklet to share hobbies, stories, photos of you and your family and a letter to your baby. The adoptive family can provide this to your child as he or she grows older. Be as creative as you like! Some birth mothers have even knitted a special blanket as a gift to their baby or given a similar symbol of their love.

The father of your baby can fill out the birth father's keepsake booklet or write a letter too. You may have other family members who would also like to share photos or a letter to the baby. This is your opportunity to pass on your and your family's love and to share your personality, history and reasons for choosing adoption. The adoptive family will treasure whatever information you provide and will share it with the baby at an appropriate age. In most adoptive homes, the word adoption is in the child's vocabulary early on, and adoption is celebrated in their lives.

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