While baby bump watch is always in full effect for celebs, it seems that many average Americans are not suffering from baby fever. A new study shows that a majority of American parents don’t plan on having more kids and a growing number of adults don’t plan to have any kids at all.

A recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center found that a whopping 71 percent of parents ages 18 to 49 do not plan on having more kids, while 37 percent of childless adults of the same age say they don’t plan on having any children. Parents ages 40 to 49 were most likely to agree that they didn’t want to have more kids, however more than half (56 percent) of parents under age 40 said the same.

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There is clearly a shift happening in American families as the U.S. annual fertility rate has hit a record low of 60.3 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age. While the ideal family size in the country was once three or more, now most Americans say two or fewer kids is the ideal size—and for many, no kids at all.

While the economy and rising childcare costs are often cited as reasons for a decline in the fertility rate, according to the survey, the most popular explanation for not wanting to have more children was due to medical reasons (41 percent). Twenty-five percent said it was because of their age, nine percent said it was because they already had kids and just six percent said it was for financial reasons.

—Shahrzad Warkentin



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