The recession was attributed to the recent UK baby boom but now numbers of pregnancies have fallen to their lowest level and experts say it’s because the economy is recovering
There’s nothing like a recession to encourage you to shun going out to restaurants and bars and save some money. And when you’re stuck at home with your partner with not much to do, well, you can guess what happens next.
But now new figures from the Office of National Statistics have revealed that the baby boom caused by the recession may be coming to an end because the number of pregnancies has fallen to its lowest level in five years. In 2012, there were an estimated 884,748 conceptions, compared to 909,109 conceptions in 2011.
During the economic downturn, the population in Britain grew faster than any other country in Europe.
Experts identified that as well as couples staying in more, the baby boom was also caused because people chose to have a second or third child rather than return to a workplace and economy that was struggling.
But now that the economy is beginning to recover, people are beginning to focus on getting back into work.
‘I thinks it’s very reasonable to assume that the fertility rates would go down,’ says Dr Jonathan Cave, an economist and population expert from Warwick University. ‘Work can discourage people from having children.
‘If people are primarily returning to work and re-identifying with workplace participation, they will shift their productive efforts away from having children.’
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