Once you've decided to move ahead, you'll have a host of special issues to deal with as a single mom-to-be. These include:
- Telling people
- Dealing with complications during pregnancy
- Choosing your support team for prenatal visits, labor, and postpartum
- Deciding what to put on the birth certificate
- Telling the father (if appropriate)
- Planning financial support
- Understanding legal issues of adoption and single parenthood
Some of these issues will affect you, while others may not. As one single mom put it, "Everything I expected to be a problem -- loneliness, fear of giving birth, the belief that I'd never date again -- turned out to be no sweat. But things I never considered -- like getting laid off when I was five months pregnant with practically no money in the bank -- hit me like a Mack truck."
Still, the same mom adds, "My daughter is the most precious gift I have ever received. I would do it all again in a moment."