You鈥檙e standing in line at the grocery store, hugging your pregnant belly as you look on at the mama in front of you in astonishment. She鈥檚 got four under four, and it鈥檚 kind of a circus (to put it politely). The moment that 鈥newborn baby zest鈥 wears off, everyone from your BFF to Janet in the next cubicle聽is going to start asking when baby number two is due. Before you start listening to that tick, tick, tick of your bio clock as you approach (or pass) the magic age for having kids, check out these factors to consider before planning to get pregnant again.

1. The Hypothetical Baby鈥檚 Health:聽You鈥檝e hopefully got one healthy newborn, and you don鈥檛 want your next to start with any less of an opportunity. While there鈥檚聽no聽crystal ball to predict your future infant鈥檚 health, and you can鈥檛 cross your fingers and wish your way to your baby鈥檚 well-being, taking a break between pregnancies聽could聽lower the chance of complications. Waiting at least 18 months to conceive after giving birth may reduce the risk of preterm labor or having a low birthweight baby, according to the March of Dimes.

2. Family Finances:聽You鈥檝e probably already started to figure out that babies are pricey. Seriously, there are numbers to back that up. The USDA鈥檚 most recent Expenditures on Children by Families聽report shows that annual expenses for a child tend to run a family anywhere from about $9K to over $23K, depending on the family鈥檚 income. Keep in mind, when you double the number of children you have, you could practically double the budget. Some things 鈥 such as housing costs 鈥 probably won鈥檛 change. But other expenses like childcare, food, and diapers will definitely go up (and up, and up).

3. Building BFFs:聽You鈥檙e super close with your sibs and want the same for your child. Or maybe you鈥檙e an only who鈥檚聽always imagined what it would be like to have a built-in friend at home. Either way, you鈥檙e all about having kiddos who are each other鈥檚 best friends. If this sounds like you, having a second baby sooner rather than later is in order. Waiting too long means having children who are spaced so far apart that they鈥檙e in totally different places. Your toddler and fifth grader might get closer once they鈥檙e grown up, but they really won鈥檛 be into hanging together right now.

4. Your Work Life:聽Maternity leave in the US isn鈥檛 exactly fairy-tale long, so you decide to take some extra time off from work to be a SAHM. At least, for now. A shorter spacing in between babies means that you can condense your time away from your career. Of course, this hiatus聽could聽add up to five or six years 鈥 or more 鈥 which can seem like a long break in the middle of聽your #girlboss agenda. But if you opt for a wider spacing, you may be looking at putting your younger kids in daycare or taking an extra-early retirement.

5. Mommy/Child Bonding Time:聽Your baby鈥檚 on your hip and your toddler is at your knees, grabbing onto you, pulling and tugging. You鈥檙e torn. You want to spend some quality time with your tot鈥 and your newborn too. Spacing your children further apart may give you a better chance at getting to spend mommy/child time with each on their own. When your eight-year-old is at school, you can have a lunch date with your preschooler. And when your preschooler is with their Saturday afternoon playgroup, you can spend time with your elementary-school-aged kiddo.

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