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Beware others’ opinions on having kids: ‘It’s the best thing you’ll ever do’ is a huge oversimplification

Sophie White


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Sophie White. Picture by Mark Condren

Sophie White. Picture by Mark Condren

Sophie White. Picture by Mark Condren

One of the unsung by-products of having your first baby quite young is that you manage to completely avoid the years of pestering by elders. Ya know, that constant nagging about when you’re going to have children that plagues women in their 30s.

Being able to whip out one you made earlier to any and all intrusive baby-related questions is immensely satisfying. However, having the ultimate (living, breathing) clapback to these interrogations hasn’t kept me from being aware of the prevalence of these conversations. The old people harbour a strange fixation on the uteruses of women of childbearing age. They’re broody by proxy. The when, where and how of our plans for reproduction is a hot topic at every funeral, wedding and family gathering.


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