When one chooses to adopt they are forgoing the dream of a physical pregnancy but that does not mean that they have to give up the dream of a pregnancy all together. Sure they won’t have morning sickness, an expanding belly or push something the size of a watermelon out of them. They will have other ways to experience their pregnancy through research, paperwork, waiting and having faith that they will hold their child in their arms.
For a woman who knows she will become pregnant the old fashioned way, she may get her body ready for pregnancy. Perhaps she’ll watch what she eats, monitor her cycle or take a prenatal vitamin. For the adoptive couple, this stage is when they are researching, researching and researching about adoption. They are trying to wrap their minds around the adoption lingo and figuring out the best route of adoption for them.