How many years did you work in your career before 1st baby??

posted 4 years ago in Career
  • poll: How many years did you work before first baby?
    Less than 1 : (2 votes)
    4 %
    1 : (2 votes)
    4 %
    2 : (6 votes)
    13 %
    3 : (4 votes)
    8 %
    4 : (4 votes)
    8 %
    5 : (7 votes)
    15 %
    6 : (2 votes)
    4 %
    7 : (2 votes)
    4 %
    8+ : (19 votes)
    40 %
  • Post # 3
    4062 posts
    Honey bee

    @Mint2Bee:  We haven’t had children yet, but we plan on waiting at least 5 years, which would put me at 8 years in my current career field (nonprofit administration).

    Post # 4
    4525 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Royalton White Sands

    If everything goes the way we plan, it’ll be five years. 

    Post # 5
    2494 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    I don’t have any kids but I have been in my field for 10 years already so if we were to have one we would be in the 8+ years option in your poll. 

    Post # 6
    9956 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Marriage to 1st Baby’s Arrival was just over 3 Years.


    Post # 7
    3316 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I’m a lawyer, so I was 26 before I could even finish school and start my career.  And I knew that the years just before the partnership decision (8-10 years after starting) were going to be very demanding, so I didn’t want to be pregnant or have a new baby then.  So my choices were to have my kids after I’d worked a couple of years, or wait until I was at least 36 before getting pregnant.  And I really didn’t want to take the chance of waiting so long that I might not be able to have children at all.  So the children came 2 and 3 years after I started my career.

    Post # 9
    2612 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

    I also don’t have children but I’ve already been in my career for 7 years. So I’m sure if and when we do start trying I’ll be at 8+ years.

    Post # 10
    2184 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

    I’ve had four years, with the same employer, and am pregnant now. I plan to come back for a year after a birth, and then I’ll take 2 years off. 

    Post # 11
    515 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @Mint2Bee:  I graduated at almost 25 and having my first at 32, 2 months short of 8 years post graduation.  However, if I’d mt the right man earlier I’d have had my first three or four years ago

    Post # 12
    3701 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’m 32 and have been working in this field for 8 years, with almost 10 years total work experience.  Hopefully we’ll get our crap together in the next couple years and start a family.

    Post # 13
    300 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’ve already been in my career 7 years (I’m 30). By our planning, it’ll be at least another 2-3 years before babies. 

    Post # 14
    1116 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    9 years in my current department but 14 years with the same company.

    Post # 16
    568 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I passed the bar in 2009, but I started my full-time job as an ASA in 2010, so I have been here 3 1/2 years. I will have been here a full four when the baby comes in April though 🙂




    I didn’t want to wait a long time to have a baby, and we are planning on a second one shortly after the first baby arrives.  My boss is very family-oriented and family friendly, so now is the best time for me to be taking maternity leave and not jeopardizing my career.




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