Is Chelsea Clinton Jinxing Herself By Announcing Birth Plans?

Chelsea Clinton is, in my eyes, a superwoman. Despite growing up under serious media scrutiny -- anyone remember when reporters basically called her ugly at age 13? -- and enduring crazy hurtful comments about her dad's loyalty to his family, she kept her head and became a successful lawyer. She also seems like a hell of a nice woman. So I'm totally rooting for her as she announces to the world that 2014 will be the year Chelsea and hubby Marc Mezvinsky get pregnant and make Bill and Hillary proud grandparents. She actually said in an interview that they are going to make 2014 the "Year of the Baby." 

But I'm worried here, guys, because I can't help but feel Chelsea is crazy for announcing her birth plans before she's even preggers

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Look, on the surface, it seems it should be no problem for her to tell the world she is going to have a baby. The couple has been married since 2010. They've probably had several opportunities to enjoy a slew of married-without-kids fun times together; plus, Chelsea is 33 -- still young, but seasoned enough to have professional and personal experiences under her belt. She probably feels confident about taking a little break to raise her peanut. 

But now that she's put her plans out there, no one is going to forget about them. She is going to be questioned about the state of her uterus from now until the moment she announces she is pregnant -- and what if that's not until 2015? 2016? What if, heaven forbid, it can't happen for some reason? Chelsea is just setting herself up for heartbreak and a ton of probing, annoying questions. 

Because, let's face it, whether you're Chelsea Clinton or any other mortal woman, people ask questions about babies after you turn 30. It's totally annoying and can be really uncomfortable. The worst thing you can do is open yourself up to even more scrutiny by announcing that you're trying. Oh boy, you might as well tear down the gates and wait for the flood of suggestions and comments to pour in after that. I've made the mistake of announcing my pregnancies (both of them) before three months because I can't keep my mouth shut, but even I would never, ever announce plans to have a baby before I've conceived. I don't know, I'm sure it's silly, but I feel like I'd be jinxing myself by doing that. 

What do you think? Should you or shouldn't you tell when you're trying to conceive? 


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