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Knowing when you’re ‘ready’ to start a family

June 11, 2024

Woman in New York City pregnant after considering if she was 'ready' to have a child.

Deciding when to start a family is a deeply personal and life-altering decision. It’s important to approach it thoughtfully and consider various factors to determine if you are ready. Working with a therapist can help you navigate this process by exploring your feelings, values and options.

Here are some key considerations to help you assess if you are ready to start a family:

1. Emotional Readiness

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Desire for Parenthood: Do you have a strong desire to become a parent? Parenthood often involves a deep emotional commitment, and having a genuine desire to raise and care for a child is a significant factor.

Readiness for Lifestyle Changes: Are you prepared for the significant lifestyle changes that come with parenthood, including potential disruptions to your daily routines, social life, and leisure activities?

Emotional Stability: Are you emotionally stable and capable of managing stress and challenges that can arise with parenting? Parenthood can be emotionally demanding, so having a good support system and coping strategies is essential.

2. Relationship Readiness

Partner’s Readiness: If you have a partner, discuss your mutual readiness and willingness to become parents. Open communication and shared values are crucial.

Relationship Strength: Consider the stability and strength of your relationship. Strong, supportive partnerships can provide a solid foundation for parenthood.

3. Support System

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Family and Friends: Consider the support you have from family and friends. A reliable support system can be invaluable during the challenges of parenthood.

Childcare Options: Research available childcare options, such as daycare, babysitters, or family members who can help when needed.

4. Timing and Life Goals:

Life Goals: Reflect on your personal life goals and aspirations. Consider how parenthood fits into your long-term plans and whether it aligns with your values.

It’s important to remember that there is no universally “perfect” time to start a family. What matters most is that you and your partner feel emotionally prepared and are ready and willing to embrace the responsibilities and joys of parenthood. It’s a significant decision, so take your time, seek advice from trusted sources, and consult with your therapist to help you make an informed choice.


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At Manhattan Wellness, we understand that the motherhood is a time of transition and adjustment. That’s why our female therapists want to support you in prioritizing your maternal mental health. Let us help you take care of yourself so you can feel confident in your new role as a mom. If you are interested in therapy for your maternal mental health

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Our therapists understand that with becoming a new mother, there can be a variety of different needs that arise. Apart from helping you navigate the fourth trimester and maternal mental health, our therapists also offer a variety of services to cater to your individual needs. The therapy services we offer are Anxiety Treatment, Therapy for Depression, Stress Management, and Therapy for Women. As well as Therapy for Self-Esteem, support for, body image therapy, and so much more. Do you feel like you’re not living the life you want and need to make changes? Let’s talk about it.

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