Surprising pregnancy study reveals new information

A Lincoln Professor's study is making national headlines…about women and their attitudes toward getting pregnant. The study started out about fertility and turned up some surprising results about the number women who are trying or not trying to get pregnant.

From this telephone cubicle on UNL's campus, Julia McQuillian and her research team helped call more than 100 thousand women, in a study originally about fertility.  McQuillan stumbled upon a group of women relatively unaccounted for.

“Wow maybe we should include this in our survey because this is how women are talking about it and we'd never heard it before in research,” McQuillan said.

She calls them the “okay either ways” one in four women said they aren't trying to get pregnant but aren't preventing pregnancy either. McQuillan's study shows only 7 percent of women ages 25–45 are actively trying to have a child. She says more mothers today wait until after education to have kids, and feel more empowered by birth control.

To see if the stats hold up here, we stopped local women. Mother of two Cindy Vandervort says she never knew so many women were like her. “I am surprised because I think people today are more planers they don't want surprises, but when we had my son he was a surprise and then when we had Brittany it was an ok either way kind of thing,” Vandervort said.

“It's not surprising to me at all, to me it feel like they majority of people I know didn't try either way except for a few people,” Kelly Costman said.

If you are one of those ok either ways, McQuillan says it's a good idea to keep your body healthy in case you do get pregnant.

If you're an “ok either way” and you've gone 12 months without conception…you may have fertility barriers. So if you think you'll want a child in the future the sooner you check with your doctor the better.