8 Things to Think About When Deciding to Go It Alone: Getting Pregnant When You’re Single
If you are considering having a baby without being in a relationship, you aren’t alone. As of 2009, children of single parents accounted for 40 percent of the US population, according to the NY Times. Whether you have decided to become a single mother out of necessity, or think it is the only option for you at this time, take some time to look at the whole picture. As a single mother, you should be prepared for certain challenges along the way that will develop as a result of your situation. Here are eight essential things you should consider before making the leap into parenthood as a single mother.
Fertility: If you are a mother who is over the age of 35, you’ll have less of a chance of getting pregnant than if you were in your 20s. You may need to consider seeing a fertility specialist to help you to conceive.
Artificial Insemination: Consider the process of choosing a sperm donor, if you want to get pregnant without a partner.
Father’s Rights: If you don’t want to have the father in the child’s life, you need to consider his legal rights, and get a lawyer. Have the court grant you sole custody or terminate the father’s rights; otherwise, the father may decide he wants to be a part of the child’s life and will have every right to do so.
Finances: Be prepared financially before having a child in order to avoid unnecessary stress. Because you’ll be the sole supporter of your child, you’ll need to make sure you have enough money to cover at least six months of rent, utilities, and expenses, as well as life insurance in case you die, a will to protect your child’s custody, and a steady job.