Children --- one after another or better with an age gap?

Three women share the pros and cons of their childbearing choices.

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Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
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Why this story matters:

There is no such thing as one perfect answer to the question -- should I have children? and if yes, when and how many?

There is no consensus about "the best option" among experts in the psychology and pedagogic fields. Gynecologists say that it is healthy to have a two-year gap between pregnancies and they also say that fertility starts to decline at the age of 35.

The pros of having two children right after another is that the family will have a few years of chaos, but then calm will come and they will be able to continue their careers and move on with their lives.

But then again, having children with a gap of a few years can make it easier for a mother to spend quality time with a baby because the older sibling does not need constant care.

In the article recommended below, several mothers share their thoughts and experiences.

Details from the story:

  • The article focuses on three women who talk about their different life choices and the challenges they bring.
  • One mother who had three children in one year (one child, and then twins) describes the first years as a never-ending sprint.
  • Another woman planned to have two children with a 6-year gap, and she found everything easy to manage.
  • And the last one had two teenage girls when an unplanned baby arrived. Her biggest fear is that the baby will be spoiled.

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