A record number of pregnancies were reported last year, seeing the UK enjoy its biggest baby boom ever. Over 900,000 pregnancies were recorded in a single year, beating even the baby boom years following the Second World War.
Though the bigger UK population may have some effect, experts have put the boom down to fast-rising pregnancy rates for mums in their 30s and 40s. Some have even claimed the recession and women losing their jobs has led them to focus more on family.
The number of pregnancies for women over 40 rose the sharpest, up by 5.2% in a single year. The figures, from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), also found that the number of women getting pregnant in their 40s had doubled over the past 20 years. The average age for first-time mums is now almost 30.
However, the teenage pregnancy rate dropped to its lowest level since 1969.
The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has expressed concern over the boom. “We are not seeing midwife numbers keep pace,” a spokeswoman said, reports the BBC.