10 sure signs you’re done having babies

When you can finally say goodbye to sleep-free nights because you won’t be having any more kids.

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Remember the last time you had to push your baby out of your birth canal? What about how intense the pain was, and how you felt your entire being was being ripped apart?

And how you promptly forgot about the pain once bubba was safe in your arms?

What about that ache for another baby once your older child started toddling? Oh, how you longed to sniff that amazing baby smell once again, or feel a tiny newborn resting on your chest

It seems like an endless cycle doesn’t it? Your older child leaves babyhood behind, and you start feeling broody all over again.

Well, unfortunately (or fortunately), there will come a time when this cycle will absolutely have to stop. Whether you’ve produced one, three, five or more babies ― how do you know when you’re done giving birth? These 10 signs may tell you that it’s time to stop…

1.  You have a mild panic attack when your period is late
The mere thought of seeing two blue lines on that stick is enough to make your stomach churn.

And if you do, indeed, have to head to the pharmacy to purchase a pregnancy test kit, you act like you’re a spy on a secret mission ― you buy it and run out of the store before anyone you might know spots you.

In fact, these days, getting your monthly reminder makes you sigh hugely in relief and gives you a spring in your step.

The mother who knows she’s done having kids hears a newborn cry and thinks, sleepless nights, sore boobs and endless diaper duty? No, thank you!

2. You pass the baby store without taking a peek
One of the perks you’ll enjoy when you’re in the throes of new motherhood is having licence of buy all those adorable bibs and mittens, baby crib mobiles and infant toys.

But there will come a day when you’ll forget what the pros and cons of the different diaper brands are, or gush about the latest bouncy chair on the market.

Nor do you want to.

3. You cringe when you hear a newborn cry
When you’re dealing with stroppy toddlers, a newborn’s cries sound like music to a mum’s ears.

Says Valerie Ng, mum to Gabriel, 4, and 5 months pregnant with her second child, “I remember how Gabe used to lie in his crib and just look up at me. He’s so active and loud now ― I miss that side of him as a baby.”

While Ng is ready to welcome another baby, the mother who knows she’s done having kids hears a newborn cry and thinks, sleepless nights, sore boobs and endless diaper duty? No, thank you!

4. When someone tells you she’s pregnant…
You smile and congratulate her, but are grateful that it’s not you! Nope, in your opinion, morning sickness, stretch marks, backache and swollen ankles are not a good thing.