My Last Planned Pregnancy

Posted On: 2010-09-22

My husband and I have decided that we are going to stop having children after baby number two is born. I originally wanted three children but now I know that I don’t want to put my body through everything a third time. Pregnancy and birth is a beautiful process but it is also very exhausting.

Thankfully, we found out that we are having a girl this time so we get to experience the high’s and low’s of raising both a son and a daughter. I am more than halfway through this pregnancy and it’s becoming more real to me...I will never have a belly this big or need to purchase maternity clothing again.

I also realize that this truly is an awesome time to be a stay-at-home mom because not only can I spend one-on-one time with my son, I can also appreciate the different aspects of this pregnancy too. It’s not that I didn’t appreciate my last pregnancy, but I was working more than full time and had so many other concerns and responsibilities that it just wasn’t as special.

These thoughts also bring up the issue of how we will prevent another pregnancy in the future. I would rather not go back on the daily pill for several reasons including the potential health impact of it, having to remember everyday, and the potential that the hormones might reduce my milk supply while breastfeeding my daughter. Wow, it’s actually kind of weird to type “my daughter”! Everything has been “my son” for the last several years.

Anyway, I would rather not do an IUD or anything of that nature. There is always the possibility of my husband getting a vasectomy but just as I’d hate to have physical surgery to prevent pregnancy, I wouldn’t want to have him do it either.

Well, those are the thoughts running through my mind at the moment!