The Rising Trend of Being Child-Free

Decades ago, it was almost expected for a woman and man to marry and begin having children almost right away. This was the norm back then and anything else was often frowned upon or thought of as weird. Nowadays, things are changing a lot and the norm is not necessarily as common and good as it once was. There is a growing trend, or lifestyle really, that is called being child-free. This movement began just recently and is continuing to grow in popularity all over the world. It basically refers to either an individual or couple that does not want to have children and would rather remain childless on their own doing.

While many people may want kids but cannot have them, child-free folks are choosing specifically not to procreate and have children as Handy has recently reported. This is a very personal decision that comes down to either the individual person or the couple involved and there is absolutely nothing wrong with remaining childless by choice. There is nothing that says that having kids will fulfill your life while there is also nothing that says that remaining childless will fulfill your life. The choice to not have kids is different for each and every person. The idea of remaining childless by choice is still weird to a lot of people, especially the older generation where it was almost expected to have kids and grandkids at some point in a person’s life.

Using Antidepressants During Pregnancy Linked to Child Anxiety

With most medications there are always chances that, when taking antidepressants when pregnant, that can affect the child when born. There has been a study conducted that found that when a child has anxiety it can be linked to taking antidepressants when pregnant. YellowPages says that data was taken from about 14,000 siblings and followed children as a fetal to age three. The study also assessed the mother’s mental health and questioned them about anxiety and antidepressant and questioned them about their child’s behavior and development. They compared children whose mothers took antidepressants during pregnancy to their siblings who were not exposed to antidepressants in the womb.

The exposure was also only specific to anxiety and also found that when the mother was depressed it was independently associated with child behavior problems. A doctor from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health stated that “the findings form a strong basis for identifying non-medical interventions to reduce antenatal depression when possible”. The three year old’s that were studied showed that they had increased anxiety symptoms when they were compared to their siblings whose mother did not take antidepressants while pregnant. Many co founders such as genetic effects, family environment, and variation of maternal depression affected the antidepressant exposer on the anxiety symptoms.

Maternal Obesity Causes Problems for Baby

Doctors are afraid to tell their patients they’re fat. Doctors are rated on ‘patient satisfaction’ and if they offend a patient, they may never see that patient again. Bottom line, the doctors will lose money if the speak frankly with a patient about weight and that is causing serious health issues with women who are pregnant or want to become pregnant.
A baby born to an obese mother is typically 9 pounds of more as opposed to a ‘normal’ sized newborn which weighs in at between 6-7 pounds. Babies born to obese mothers are much more likely to become obese themselves. But it doesn’t stop there.
Folks at Anastasia Date ( have learned that obese pregnant women or more likely to have high blood pressure, gestational diabetes and babies born with birth defects. Larger women usually require a C-section to deliver their baby and that opens up a new spectrum of possible complications, ranging from infection, hemoraging to hernias.
A life-threatening pre-eclampsia is three times more likely to happen to an obese pregnant woman than one who is of normal weight. Pre-eclampsia produces symptoms of high blood pressure, organ dysfunction and swelling. If left untreated, the mother can start having seizures, stroke and/or her liver may rupture, any of which can cause death.
Maternal obesity greatly increases the risk factors during pregnancy, delivery and beyond, but doctors are afraid to inform their patients of the risk their extra weight can cause.