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Can I Put My Baby Up for Adoption If I'm Seven Months Pregnant?

7 Months Pregnant and Considering Adoption? Here are Your Options.

You weren’t planning on this happening. The last seven months have been a whirlwind of emotions and difficult decisions, and all of it was unexpected and not in your plans. It’s been hard, and it’s left you wondering what you can do. Now you’re asking, “Can I put my baby up for adoption if I’m seven months pregnant?”

You’re doing something brave by even asking the question. You may be dealing with some complicated feelings being seven months pregnant and not wanting the baby, but you should never feel any guilt or shame for considering what could be best for your baby. An unplanned pregnancy can be incredibly disruptive. Whether you had dreams that have been put on hold, or if raising a child with your resources isn’t possible, it’s okay to be 28 weeks pregnant and not want the baby.

The good news is there are options for you. We’re here to inform you about these choices and to help you make the best decision for you and your baby.

Things to Know for Weeks 28–31 of Pregnancy

You’re more than two-thirds of the way through your pregnancy. We’re sure that feels a little crazy to read. How could it already be this close to birth? You probably want to jump straight to your unplanned pregnancy options. But before getting into that, it’s important to cover what’s happening to you right now, and some of the things you need to do to make sure you and the baby are healthy.

  • 28 Weeks Pregnant: Welcome to the third trimester! Have you started thinking about your hospital plan? You can begin touring maternity wards and even preregister with your hospital of choice at this point in your pregnancy. Figuring out the birth plan with time to spare will make it less stressful when the due date comes around.

  • 29 Weeks Pregnant: Even though you are about 11 weeks from your due date, now is a good time to start packing that hospital overnight bag. It’s always better to prepared just in case something starts to happen early.

  • 30 Weeks Pregnant: There are a group of third-trimester pregnancy tests that are important to ensuring your health and the baby’s health. If you haven’t already, now is a good time to ask your doctor about these tests.

  • 31 Weeks Pregnant: Your baby has gone from a tiny embryo to an almost fully-formed human. At 31 weeks, he or she can use all five senses, and is likely to be very active. If you are 31 weeks pregnant and don’t want the baby, this is sure to cause a wide range of emotions. Prenatal care can also involve counseling to help you sort through all of the mental aspects of an unplanned pregnancy alongside the physical elements.

Seven Months Pregnant and Don’t Want Baby: What Are My Options?

It’s not too late in your pregnancy if you are 28, 29 or 30 weeks pregnant and don’t want the baby. You are getting very close to the due date, though. This means that you may need to move more quickly on your unplanned pregnancy option decision.

When you are seven months pregnant and don’t want the baby, your choices are:

  • Parenting: Are you still unsure about whether or not you can raise a child? If you are concerned about the practical needs of providing for a baby, there may be resources that can help you.

  • Adoption: You can choose adoption when you are 28–31 weeks pregnant and don’t want the baby. Adoption is a way to handle your unplanned pregnancy that gives your baby the opportunity to be in a loving family, and there are many benefits of adoption for you as well.

  • Abortion: At this stage of pregnancy, it is unlikely you will be able to receive an abortion. Most states ban abortion after 20–24 weeks. However, if you feel that your pregnancy is dangerous to your health, you should speak to a medical professional about this right away.

Giving Baby Up for Adoption at Seven Months Pregnant

You may be thinking, “I’m seven months pregnant and I want to put my baby up for adoption.” You can choose adoption today, and it can be one of the best choices you’ll ever make. Adoption isn’t “giving up” your baby, as you may have heard it referred to. It’s giving a chance at life. When you choose adoption, you make a selfless decision that comes from a place of love.

American Adoptions is a full-service national adoption agency, and our adoption specialists can guide you through your adoption when you are seven months pregnant and don’t want the baby. You’ll receive help creating an adoption plan, choosing an adoptive family, making the hospital plan and more. You are likely eligible for some form of adoption financial assistance, which comes as a great relief to many expectant mothers.

It may come as a surprise to learn that more than 90 percent of today’s domestic infant adoptions are at least semi-open. When you are 29 or 30 weeks pregnant and don’t want the baby, we know you still feel love for your child. With open adoption, you can maintain a connection even after placement. Your adoption specialist will help facilitate this communication between you and the adoptive family.

Start Your Adoption Process Today

You’re coming up on your due date fast. You should never rush into a decision this important, but it will be helpful to begin the adoption process quickly. You can call 1-800-ADOPTION today to speak with an adoption specialist and get started. 

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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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