Facing Pregnancy Again
If you have other children and are pregnant again, you may be thrilled and excited or you may be apprehensive. If this is your first over-35 pregnancy, you may be wondering how it will be different from your previous pregnancies. Your obstetrician or midwife may monitor your pregnancy a bit more closely; you might find you tire a bit more easily than with previous pregnancies; and you may have more prenatal testing to get through. But if you've been pregnant before, you can rest assured that this pregnancy will probably be similar to your previous pregnancy or pregnancies.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average U.S. family has 1.86 children. The state with the highest average is Utah, where families average 2.21 children. Your family certainly won't have any decimal points!
If you already have children, you are probably excited about adding a sibling to your family. You'll now be dividing your energies between your existing child or children and your pregnancy and soon-to-be newborn. Adding a child to your family means learning some juggling skills and managing sibling conflicts, but it also means having the joy of watching your children love each other. You will find the right balance in your life and your new family will fit into your life.