17 Moms Confess How They Knew They Were Done Having Kids

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3Postpartum Depression

"I knew I was done having kids two days after I got home from the hospital and was hit with severe postpartum depression for almost a year. Even when I got better, I knew I only wanted one.

"Surviving PPD made me so self-aware and taught me so many valuable lessons, including knowing my limitations. I decided that giving my son (and husband) a happy, healthy mommy was more important than a sibling." -- Jen Schwartz, founder of the blog The Medicated Mommy


5My Body Decided for Me

"My body won't get pregnant anymore. I have been tested and they have no clue why all the sudden I can't seem to get pregnant. Only thing my doctor can say is maybe it's because I'm starting menopause but who knows. We wanted one more. As time goes, I'm getting older and ready to be done now." -- CafeMom community member Raeann11

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7Diaper Duty

"Once my twins were potty trained and I babysat my friend's daughter who was a year younger than my twins, I knew right then and there that I didn't want any more kids ... I liked that I didn't have to change diapers anymore. Haha." -- CafeMom community member M4LG5


8Friends' Advice

"I knew I was done having kids when two of my friends had their third child within six months of each other, and both said, 'Stop after two! Take our advice!' I got the same advice from my aunt: 'After two, you're outnumbered. You might as well have six if you're gonna have three.'" -- Kenna C.

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9Single Mom

"I was single and had three kids and didn't think I would ever meet anyone and so circumstances decided for me." -- CafeMom community member MysticLove


10Four Is a Lot to Juggle

"I'm done. I just had my fourth baby on the 11th. I always wanted kids but never really decided how many. I did know I always wanted a boy and a girl. I have two of each but what [made] me know I was done was that mentally and emotionally I know I can't handle any more children." -- CafeMom community member Rachel216

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11When You Can Look at a Baby ... & Not Want One

"As soon as you can look at a baby, and go 'Aw, cute, glad it's not me,' you are done!!!!!" -- Anonymous


12Multiple Miscarriages

"I have one son. I lost three to miscarriage. I have never felt done, after my last [miscarriage] I never got pregnant. I am 53 and still hoping." -- Robin-Christine

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13Painful Labor

"When I was in labor with my third I turned to my husband and said: 'No more!' I have had no desire to have any more." -- CafeMom community member left.drowning


15Son With Special Needs

"My son was diagnosed with autism when my daughter was 6 months old. That pretty much sealed the deal on more children. He would have been an only child if I would have known sooner."  -- CafeMom community member The Lady Amalthea

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16Got the Boy, Got the Girl

"My husband and I talked about it before we were married. We said if we got two girls or two boys, we'd try one more time for the opposite gender, but after three, we were done, regardless. If we got one boy and one girl, we were done at two. Our first was a boy, and during my second pregnancy, I decided I never wanted to be pregnant again, regardless of what the second one was, and my husband agreed with me. Luckily, our second was a girl, so we got the one boy, one girl we wanted." -- Anonymous 

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