My husband and I have been married for over four years, and we've been asked on more than one occasion when we're planning to start a family. Some parents have advised us not to wait, that there's no planning for it and that there will never be enough money.
But new data shows that many Americans are taking their finances into account before expanding their families. In 2007, 4,316,233 babies were born in the United States, the highest number on record. In 2010, that number fell to just over 4 million.
This isn't the first time that the economy has taken a toll on birth rates. Fertility rates also fell during the Great Depression and the oil crisis of the 1970s.
Demographer Carl Haub says that Americans still want children; they're just waiting for more prosperous times.
Has the state of the economy affected your plans for a family (now or in the past)?