Growing Your Family: What to Expect

Whether you want to have another baby right away or wait a long time before trying to grow your family, there are lots of pros and cons to no matter how close or far apart your children are. Here's what you can expect from just about every interval.

The Right Time to Grow Your Family

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At her six-week checkup after her daughter Anna Christa was born, Shelly Good-Cook joked with her ob-gyn about getting pregnant right away, but she was in no rush. "We figured it would happen when it happened," says the Alexandria, Virginia, mom. It happened a little sooner than she expected: She gave birth to her second daughter, Alexandra, nine months later.

Although she never planned on having children 10 1/2 months apart, Good-Cook is thrilled with how it's worked out for her family. Whether you want to have another baby right away or wait a long time before diving back into that newborn fog, there are pros and cons no matter how close -- or far apart -- your children are. (Of course, finances or biology might not give you much of a choice about when your next child arrives.) This is what you can expect from every interval.

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