Heroes star Ali Larter and husband Hayes MacArthur are expecting their first child, People reported this week.  The couple married last August, but the actress admitted to telling MacArthur she wanted to marry him after only three weeks of dating.  She also told Cosmopolitan in 2007 that she was looking forward to having children.  Their child will be born this winter.

How soon is too soon to have a baby after marriage?

Cupid’s Advice:

Plenty of people want to jump straight from marriage to children.  The exact time frame depends on the couple, but there are certain things you should consider before making that decision:

1. Dating game: Couples who get married shortly after they start dating should take some serious time to have a relationship with each other before they have one with a child.

2. Age matters: For couples who marry young, as well as those who wait until later in life, should consider age when thinking about children.  Talk to your doctor and get a professional opinion.

3. Talk it out: The biggest key is to know what you both want, both in terms of when to have the child, and how to raise it after its born.  Do this before trying to have a baby – it’s not something you want to have disagreements about when you’ve already brought a life into the world.