Why You Should Get Pregnant Right Here and Now
Wondering if you should have another baby?
Trust me, that's a decision I get. It's so hard to know when the right time to have a baby or add to your family is, and everyone seems so different. Heck, I just watched a video this morning of a family adding a ninth baby to their gang, and they looked so relaxed and happy, and the mom looks way more put together than I have ever been, and she's, like, way pregnant.
The point is, everyone is so different, and adding another baby is so very personal. But if you're on the fence and just need some good ol' plain convincing, here are some statistics for you:
The world is in trouble, and it needs your help.
No, but seriously.
According to the latest statistics from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Guttmacher Institute, pregnancy rates in the United States are at a new low.
The birth rate in the United States continues to remain below replacement level. The birth rate for women in 2014 (the last year the statistics were calculated) is 1.8 births per woman, while the States would need to be 2.1 births per woman to be considered high enough to maintain the population. (Note: these figures don't take the population growing through immigration into account.)
The birth rate for older moms has gone up, however, which is an indication that women are waiting to have babies later in life or are taking advantage of newer fertility technologies. However, there are risks in waiting to have babies later in life, health-wise, and some doctors are advising women to start thinking about their fertility earlier rather than later.
Researchers know that birth rates drop whenever there is a recession and count that the recent recession had a large part in the low birth rates over the last decade. They did note that the birth rate rose a whopping .4% for the first time since 2007, which could be a sign that the decline in the recession-caused birth trend is about to end.
But if you're concerned about the future of America and want to make sure that the current population is accurately replaced (and please consider that this is rather tongue-in-cheek reporting here, and obviously, you should have the family that's right for you!), you may want to just ask yourself if it's your civic duty to cuddle a brand-new baby.
After all, didn't someone once say, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”?
Anyone planning to get pregnant soon?