Young women `put off starting a family`
London: A number of young women in Britain are reluctant to start a family fearing it will damage their looks, career and lifestyle, a survey has revealed.
One in three childless women quizzed now say they don`t ever want to become a mother while increasing numbers of 30-somethings in stable relationships and with good jobs have different priorities.
Almost half would rather get on the property ladder than have a baby while 28 per cent would prefer a 100,000 pounds salary, according to the poll of 2,000 women.
Childless women just aren`t willing to make the sacrifices they now see are necessary for motherhood with 44 per cent feeling sorry for working mums struggling to have it all, the survey said.
A quarter think working mothers always look exhausted and one in five say it looks so difficult it makes them think twice about having children, the `Daily Mail` reported.
Half of childless women over 30 look at stay-at-home mothers and think it will be difficult for them to get back on the career ladder and a fifth believe they`ve lost their identity.
Body issues are also a factor with three in ten worried about the effect pregnancy would have on their appearance.
Almost a third think having a baby would make them less body confident while one in three moms miss their pre-baby figure and feel judged by society thanks to glamorous celebrity mums.
Four in 10 childless women say they`re not ready to give up their lifestyle -- and a quarter still feel too young for a child, the survey found.
Meanwhile 26 per cent admit they are fearful of the effect motherhood would have on their career. Almost half think having a child would make them poorer and over half say they couldn`t afford a baby even if they wanted one.