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More Babies Conceived In Winter, Figures Show

The colder months are all about wrapping up warm and festive merriment – and conceiving babies, it seems

According to new Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures, more children were born in July in England and Wales last year than in any other month ­– a total of 61,422 births who were conceived in October and early November.

August, September and October also saw high numbers of births – relating to conceptions between November and February.


The fewest births were seen in February and April, with 53,437 and 55,286 respectively.

This pattern of conceptions is also mirrored in statistics from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, BPAS, who saw more women needing advice about unplanned pregnancies in the first three months of 2013 than any other quarter in the year.


The BPAS said that this trend, which has been evident over the past 10 years, could be due to the fact that more couples stay in during the colder months or try for a baby in the New Year, as well as difficulties accessing contraception and contraceptive ‘slip-ups’ during the festive party season.

Clare Murphy, Director of External Affairs at BPAS, commented, ‘October was one of the busiest months for birth, which could reflect some New Year’s resolutions to start trying for a baby in January.

‘And if you want to avoid pregnancy, make sure you have your contraception sorted before the busy festive season gets under way.’

Did you conceive in the winter months? Let us know below.

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