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Many couples are putting pregnancy plans on hold because of the pandemic

The Extinction Chronicles

Recently engaged, Tracy Leong, 31, and her fiancé hoped 2020 or 2021 might be the year to start their family. A lifelong New Yorker, she felt sure that with lots of support from her parents, a sister and cousins who still live nearby, she could also keep her job in communications.

But when the coronavirus, lockdown measures and social distancing came to New York, her plans changed. Pregnancy was put on hold.

“The pandemic has totally thrown off what we’ve envisioned our family to be like,” Leong said in a telephone interview with CBS News. “This isn’t it.”

Leong isn’t alone. About a third of women say they’re delaying pregnancy or want fewer children because of the pandemic, according to a recent study published by the Guttmacher Institute. It’s a shift in sentiment that could…

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