How do you know when you’re ‘ready’ to have children? Is there a right time or a best time? Will your biological clock tell you? What if you realise that you want children too late, and go on to experience fertility struggles?
In today’s world, where we are used to having a lot of control over our lives and our careers – and whether or not we get pregnant thanks to the plethora of birth control options available – making the decision can seem overwhelming. Some mothers who’ve had unplanned pregnancies even say they were relieved the decision was taken out of their hands.
It’s a daunting mental minefield, but there are questions you can ask yourself to understand just how prepared you are. We spoke to new parents and grandparents as well as family and relationship counsellor Anna Jezuita to put a definitive checklist of questions together.