Official statistics show that more women get pregnant now (during October and November) than at any other time of the year.
So why is this? One of the reasons could be staying in on cold nights – going into ‘hibernation mode’ with a good box set and comfy duvet. Or perhaps you find I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of here! so boring that there’s nothing else to do but get down to it!
Whatever it is, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) more babies were born in July in 2013 than any other month – which means most of those babies were conceived in October and early November.
The top 4 months for births are:
Which means the highest conception months are:
- late October
- early Feb
And this isn’t just 1 year’s figures. These trends have been repeated for the past 10 years in the ONS figures.
“These statistics show that as the months get colder, the number of conceptions tends to increase,” explains Clare Murphy from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas).
The bpas also believes conceptions in December may be more common due to festive celebrations and difficulties getting hold of contraceptives, and in January due to couples planning to start trying for a baby in the New Year.
Was your baby conceived in the winter – or summer – months? Let us know in the comments below!