Tick. Tock. The biological clock goes…

How do you know you’re done having kids?

You may have one, two or even three or more and come to realize, THAT’S IT!  I’M DONE!

But how do you know?

Here are 10 reasons why you know you’re done having babies!

1.  You don’t feel a rush or tingly sensation when you see or hold a baby.

“I held a good friend’s seven-day old baby and having had two of my own (ages 5 and 1), I didn’t have any yearnings to ever be back at that stage again.”  ~ Amber Hall

“When ‘sucka’ went through my mind when I saw a mom with a newborn instead of ‘me want, me want.'”  ~ @chickymara

2. The idea of sleepless nights and changing diapers again makes you cringe.

3.  You’ve already packed and put away baby clothes.

4.  You’ve converted the crib into a bed.

5.  You stop hearing the loud sound of “tick tock” in your head and feeling it in your body.

“I turned 40!”  ~ Natasha Chiam

6.  You’re back to your pre-pregnancy weight, in a comfortable routine and can’t imagine starting all over again.

7.  You know your body just can’t handle another pregnancy.

“I was so sick during and after my last pregnancy. Didn’t think my body could handle it again.”  ~ @helpwevegotkids

I have an 8 and 7 year old boy.   I thought I was done then I found out I was pregnant and had my babygirl in October she was preemie.  I had preclamsyia Gestational Diabetes and after such a rough pregnancy and dealing with a preemie I was done.   ~Ali Torres

8.  When you last planned on having one more but ended up with twins.

“When number 3 turned out to be 3 AND 4!” ~ @EG_Cakes

9.  You’ve already agreed/forced your hubby to get a vasectomy.

10.  When you just “knew” you were done.

“I just knew. We just knew that one was right for us. There’s that classic song from Schoolhouse Rock – ‘3 is a magic number’. Mmmm. Yes it is.” ~ @nameyourtunecds


When did you know you were “done”?


Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.


    • Well I can’t tick off everything on the list and I still haven’t completely come to terms with the idea that I won’t have another “newborn” to take care of but i love that we are moving forward, that all of the kids walk and talk, that they all sleep through the night and are becoming more and more independent.

      My exhaustion I think was my main signal.

  1. Danielle C Reply

    I knew I was done when the doctor told me directly he would not recommend more children. I was not even supposed to get pregnant once let alone twice. Both girls were challenging while pregnant and big babies. My friends are becoming grandparents now. I love babies and giving them back. 🙂

  2. Lizzy Gregory Reply

    I find that for me I just got to the point where I was so tired with our three kids that the thought of having another one was not even on my list. Maybe it was because I was older, but keeping up with them got to the point where it was too hard to handle – so at that point we decided that we were done.

    • Of course! How could we forget the exhaustion? I feel that I just don’t have the energy to do it all over again, I’m too tired!

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