What percentage of children were not planned, in your opinion?

posted 4 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: What percentage of children, born in the US, were "accidents" in your opinion?
    1-10% : (2 votes)
    2 %
    11-20% : (4 votes)
    3 %
    21-30% : (11 votes)
    8 %
    31-40% : (19 votes)
    14 %
    41-50% : (35 votes)
    27 %
    51-60% : (32 votes)
    24 %
    61-70% : (15 votes)
    11 %
    71-80% : (10 votes)
    8 %
    81-90% : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
    900 posts
    Busy bee

    If you’re having sex I don’t think you should ever be surprised by a pregnancy. I would have voted 0% if it was an option.

    That is the what sex is for, making babies!

    Post # 4
    146 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I had a birth control baby so unplanned pregnancy is possible, very possible and happens quite frequently with birth control methods and such.

    I would say around 70% but I’m probably way off.

    Post # 5
    2536 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

    I guessed just under 50%.  I have no idea though & it’s not something I tend to ask people haha.  I dp know that my parents tried for my brother & I, but our sister was a lovely suprise ;]

    Post # 6
    2905 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    The amount of women the comment ‘my birth control didnt work! Oops!’ is quite ridiculous so I would say at least 50% don’t know how to take BC properly and end up with a woopsy daisy baby.

    Post # 7
    10503 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    @Ilovetruffels:  I’m thinking about 75% if you include those who weren’t preventing, but weren’t exactly planned.  Maybe even higher.

    Post # 8
    3200 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @Ilovetruffels:  i just read in the paper (USA Today, WSJ and WP are the ones I read every day) that it’s something like 56%.

    Post # 10
    606 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2014 - Brazil Room

    2 of my sister’s children were “unplanned”. And all 3 of my boss’s children were unplanned as well.

    Post # 11
    3200 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @Ilovetruffels:  probably so. i was unplanned, and so was my sister, even though our parents were married and fairly ‘responsible’ people. my friend just got pregnant (unplanned), and the very next day i read that in the paper, so i think it made her feel better.

    its not a surprise at all to me.


    Post # 12
    1283 posts
    Bumble bee

    Another sibling and i were planned and the last 2 were not so I would say 50%.

    Post # 13
    4416 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Haha I think the better word in this case is “surprise” — it sounds happier than “unplanned” and accounts for all those “I HAD COMPLETELY GIVEN UP BUT THEN I GOT PREGNANT AFTER ALL!” babies. In which case I totally think 60-70% 🙂

    Post # 14
    388 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    My parents got pregnant (unplanned) with my twin sister and I.  They actually didn’t know it was twins until we were born.  So, I guess it was a double surprise.

    Also, I have two daughters who were both unplanned.  One of my daughters was born while I was on birth control and using it properly.  So, you just never know.

    Post # 15
    4375 posts
    Honey bee

    I’m only guessing– maybe 50%?

    Post # 16
    10369 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @FauxBoho:  I took my birth control properly and still got pregnant. User error isn’t always what causes unplanned pregnancies on birth control.

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