Are you waiting for financial reasons?

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Are you waiting for financial reasons?
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Tue, 07-09-2013 - 3:24pm

Today.com has an interesting article, they talked with a couple who has been putting off having a child because of economic fears of the future.  They are worried that they won't be able to provide for a child, and are now in the 40s with no secure feeling that they are financially ready:

“When times are up, births go up,” said D’Vera Cohn, a senior writer at Pew Research Center. “When times are bad, births go down.”

This economic cycle has been especially weak, and lasted particularly long. Nevertheless, many experts expect that women who put off having kids because of financial worries will eventually at least try to play catch up. Still, no one knows for sure whether those women will end up having as many children as they might have if the economy were stronger.

“The net effect in the past has been that you had about the same amount of babies … but they were just born a little later,” Cohn said.

But, she notes, that may not happen this time.

For one thing, it’s unclear when Americans will start to feel good enough about their long-term financial prospects to take on the expense of having a child.

Read more: http://www.today.com/money/weak-economy-means-fewer-babies-least-now-6C10471907

Are you waiting until you feel financially secure before TTC?  Are you worried about having fertility issues if you wait for too long?

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Mon, 11-04-2013 - 4:02pm
I totally get your concerns about your fertility, but you have some time hopefully. Have you talked to your doctor about your periods? You could spend the next year or so getting your body back to regular periods in order to improve your chances when you are ready to try.

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Sun, 11-03-2013 - 10:04pm

this is just the reason I came here. I'm 26 and really want to have children. I know my SO doesnt want to because of our financial situation but I dont want that to be a reason to keep me from having kids. I'm getting older and have to think realistically about my eggs. my periods have been very sketchy and inconsistent since getting off BC. my pap always comes back fine but I worry that when the time comes, I wont be able to conceive. he wants to wait till school is done, for him thats still atleast 2 years away. my sister in law is 4 years younger than me and already having her 2nd child. its difficult to feel pure happiness and not jealousy. especially when I see how distant she is with her first. I dont even bother with facebook anymore because I cant handle seeing the "i'm pregnant posts". any words of wisdom to help me through the next 2 years?