5 Reasons Why More Women Are Choosing Not to Have Children

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According to statistics, more and more people choose to be child-free today. However, not everyone can understand or accept this lifestyle choice despite this trend. We want to determine why more women choose not to become mothers.

Childfree people are healthier and happier.

Each pregnancy and childbirth can add two years to a woman’s life. After that, there are sleepless nights and exhausting routines. This takes a toll on physical and emotional health, so childfree people tend to live longer and happier.

  • Jennifer Aniston said: “I think people maybe want me to have a kid now. If it happens, it happens. I’m calm and peaceful with whatever the plan is. It’s not something where I’m going, ‘I gotta have a kid!’”

Having children can be expensive.

A middle-income parents spend around $13,000 per year per child. Therefore, childfree people have more financial stability and opportunities than parents.

Mothers are less likely to get hired.

According to a study, mothers face numerous disadvantages when it comes to working. They suffer a wage gap and are perceived as less competent. In contrast, men were found to have no significant drawbacks once becoming fathers.

  • Like her character in the series, Kim Cattrall is a staunch advocate of being child-free. She said: “I thought to myself, ‘Wow, I have 19-hour working days. My Monday morning would start at 4:45 a.m. and go to 1 or 2 in the morning. How could I possibly continue to do that, especially in my early 40s?’”

Having children can make marriages too stressful.

Marriages are hard by default and having kids can actually add more strain to the relationship. According to experts, after becoming parents, the level of satisfaction decreases between the partners which often leads to them drifting apart.

Mothers tend to get sick more often.

Not only mothers but parents, in general, are also more prone to getting sick when compared to those who aren’t parents. According to a study, parents are 3 times more likely to be exposed to diseases. One study also claims that having a child decreases a woman’s lifespan by a shocking 95 weeks.

Of course, there are disadvantages too.

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Being child-free may equal more independence and less stress, but that doesn’t make it perfect. When you go child-free, you might not have anyone to take care of you in old age. You will also miss out on experiencing what most people think is the best feeling in the world.

Having a kid or not, both have their own ups and downs, choose the path that feels easier for you. Don’t let what others say cloud your judgment.

For example, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are happy parents and find solace and strength in their children. “What an awesome gift it is to be able to bring life into the world. We’ve experienced the miracle, the power and joy of this gift, and now we’ve deeply felt its inherent fragility.”

Despite all the pros and cons, it is important to think with your own mind and heart. Having children or being child-free is a responsible choice that will impact your entire life.


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