Feeling Romantic? Statistics Show Valentine's Day Leads to a Baby Boom

Proof that a dozen roses really does the trick.
BySarah Hooper
Associate Social Editor
Feb 2018
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Image: Justin Follis

Valentine’s Day is probably best known for its countless cheesy components. Think: chocolate hearts, red roses, or (gasp) teddy bears. But whether you’re a fan of Valentine’s Day or believe it’s all a marketing ploy for Hallmark, the holiday is guaranteed to stir up some real romance and apparently, a proven spike in conceptions.

According to 2015 data released by NHS England, there were an estimated 16,263 conceptions in England during the week of Valentine’s Day. Compared to the weekly average of 15,427 conceptions, we’re talking about a 6 percent increase in babies.

That’s pretty significant. In fact, the number is only secondary to the period around Christmas.

Thanks to this boost in conceptions, the UK experiences a “mini baby boom” nine months after Valentine’s Day. Sarah-Jane Marsh, chair of the Maternity Transformation Programme at NHS England says it best, “Love is most definitely in the air at this time of year.”

It certainly is. In need of a Hail Mary to pull your Valentine’s Day plans together? See our guide to nailing your first Valentine’s Day as parents. You just might help the NHS’s 2017 data.

H/T The Telegraph

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