Hi everyone! I'm starting medical school in the fall (super early to be asking this question, I know), and I realized that I know very little about the work-family balance that comes with being a doctor. My significant other and I are really interested in having kids someday, and he really wants to have one while I'm in medical school. I'm reticent to do that because 1) it would obviously interfere with my studying and 2) i'm concerned that it'll put a damper on my social life and flexibility. (I'm a traditional applicant, he's finishing up his masters program in computer science so we're both quite young). We discussed starting a family while I'm in residency too, but I know I'll be working crazy hours and I have no idea how I could be pregnant during then, much less be an involved mother. But if I wait until after residency, I could easily be into my 30s depending on the field I choose to pursue and starting a career. It really doesn't seem like there's ever a good time to start a family, which is disappointing. Any and all advice is welcome, I'm particularly curious to hear from female residents or female medical students and/or their spouses that have any personal experience. (Sadly, I only ever had the chance to shadow male doctors married to non-doctors.) When do you think is the most opportune time to be pregnant/have a child as a woman in the medical field?