Our Modern Latina Bride On Pressure to Have Babies...Already!


I have a very big family with lots of cousins around my age and older, so it seems like there is always someone having a baby. I have witnessed my sister, brother, and several cousins have children (each of few times), but I was never included in that roster since I was the “single” girl.

Now that I am married the pressure is on! Even though I have only been married for a month and a half, the pregnancy subject has come up at least a few times! People aren't even asking me if I’m ready to have children, but just assuming that I am next in line. The thought of me wanting to wait to have children is not even an option to them.

Whenever I hear “You’re next!” I just smile. The truth is that I’m not sure how I feel about having a baby right now. I haven't even been married long enough to give having a baby some thought. So until then I’ll just keep on smiling and let people say what they will until the day I actually decide I want to get pregnant.

Did you feel pressure to have a baby once you got married?

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Verky Arcos, Fashion Director

A  writer and editor with expertise in fashion and lifestyle coverage, Verky Baldonado is currently Latina magazine's Fashion Director. Baldonado has written Latin-inspired travel and food related content and has contributed to celebrity Q&As, red carpet video interviews, and the annual “Reasons to Love Being Latina” feature. Verky is U.S.-born and of Ecuadorean and Puerto Rican descent who speaks and writes fluent Spanish. Prior to Latina, Verky worked as a photo shoot coordinator at Universal/Island Def Jam Music Group. Verky holds a B.A. in Communications Arts from Montclair State University and currently resides in Manhattan with her husband and daughter.

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