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AIBU to predict another baby boom?

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lockdowndreamer Mon 15-Jun-20 08:05:33

As couples been locked together since the end of March, is it unreasonable to predict the next baby boom coming early 2021?

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GladyGladys Mon 15-Jun-20 08:12:36

Not in my house!

DD is disabled and has learning disabilities and is HARD WORK!! She has not been going to school or respite and we have not had any carers in due to her shielding. So, I have been looking after her and DH has still been working 14 hour days. We are both exhausted!!!! Not even DTD since lockdown began 😳

actiongirl1978 Mon 15-Jun-20 08:14:47

Not from existing parents.

CourtneyLurve Mon 15-Jun-20 08:19:52

Yep, already have two friends announce early pregnancies.

JustFloatingBy Mon 15-Jun-20 08:28:09

Personally, I don't think it's likely. There were quite a few articles in March predicting one, but studies are suggesting the opposite because of financial uncertainties.

This is a summary of one study:
medicalxpress.com/news/2020-05-covid-baby-boom.amp

And this is an interesting opinion piece:
blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/covid19-baby-boom-bust/

My view....

Those who already have children - unlikely as they've had to juggle childcare / WFH or financial concerns with furlough.

First time parents - lower liklihood if it's being planned / thought about because of the uncertainty. Though there's still always "accidents".

One night stands - well, night clubs etc are closed, so in theory fewer....

After WW2 there was a boom, but during the Great Recession there was a drop in birth rate. I think there was also a drop following 9/11.

We'll find out in 9 months I guess 🤷‍♀️

Laaalaaaa Mon 15-Jun-20 08:38:06

You’re a bit behind the times - many people predicted this at the start of lockdown.

Spam88 Mon 15-Jun-20 09:34:45

I think probably not. The only people who have a chance will be those living together who don't already have kids, id have thought. God knows I'm not getting any 😂

GinDrinker00 Mon 15-Jun-20 09:55:53

Not since the two child cap. Might have a small rise but i think a boom is pushing it.

PuntoEBasta Mon 15-Jun-20 09:59:05

Only of PFBs if at all, but tbh I think the (necessary) changes to maternity care have put a lot of people off TTC right now.

tectonicplates Mon 15-Jun-20 10:00:40

People thought so at first, but actually it's the opposite. www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52490023

SunbathingDragon Mon 15-Jun-20 10:03:10

No, lots of people I know have put off TTC due to the worries about covid, the economy and finances etc. Others have been put off having another child by being home for so long with their current child/ren.

If anything, the divorce rate will be going up.

elliejjtiny Mon 15-Jun-20 10:06:08

I don't think so. Not for existing parents anyway. Maybe for furloughed childless couples with secure jobs. I find that when we were ttc a bit of extra time together always helped the process. Out of my 8 pregnancies 4 were conceived when the clocks went back and 2 were on the Easter bank holiday weekend.

HotSince82 Mon 15-Jun-20 10:07:34

I'm bloody glad I had my tubes tied after the last DC or I dread to think...

thecatsthecats Mon 15-Jun-20 10:07:57

We were thinking about TTC after a slew of events was up in August (big trips abroad, weddings etc). But as soon as lockdown was announced we bulk bought condoms.

All my longed-for events are being rescheduled for April-June next year, and I'm not even thinking about TTC until they're all complete.

Camomila Mon 15-Jun-20 10:09:06

Not from existing parents.

Exactly what I was going to say, once both DC are asleep, I just want peace and quiet and no body touching me!

CatRamsey Mon 15-Jun-20 10:09:31

If there is one, I imagine it will mostly be first born children!

HoomanMoomin Mon 15-Jun-20 10:12:22

Not from me. With a teenager in the house, who goes to bed at 3-4 am we simply couldn’t have sex. I think we only managed some action twice. blushsad

Elephantonascooter Mon 15-Jun-20 10:13:41

I made a joke about a baby boom of first born children at the start of lockdown... I'm now 7 weeks pregnant with dc2! It turns out spending lots of time together as a family made us realise we wanted more of it!

Charlottejade89 Mon 15-Jun-20 10:41:14

our wedding got cancelled and it was always the plan to ttc our second straight after so we figured why wait another year. so I'm now 13 weeks pregnant with dc2. our situation is different in that we havent been financially impacted by coronavirus as were both key workers

letmethinkaboutitfornow Tue 16-Jun-20 07:02:53

I think it won’t be a baby boom but a divorce boom....

MistyIsland Tue 16-Jun-20 07:06:20

I know one person but they have been very open about trying for a second since Jan, announced their 12 week scan last week.

No one else I know will even entertain the idea of another baby, but we all have the desired number we want 🤷‍♀️

Fgg3 Tue 16-Jun-20 07:45:50

I'm pregnant and a lot of people are joking with me about it being a COVID baby grin Thing is we were TTC anyway and I conceived about a month before the lockdown. I hope there's not a boom, I'd like not to have to fight for a school place!

I have 2 DC already but fortunately they've been great throughout the lockdown so it hasn't put me off!

TranielleRadcliffe Tue 16-Jun-20 07:56:21

I’m also pregnant but luckily announced just as lockdown started so no one thinks it’s a lockdown baby. DH and I had been TTC DC2 for a year.

As a PP said, I don’t want to have to fight for a school place as my baby is due in September and any Covid babies will be the same year.

Ohdeariedear Tue 16-Jun-20 07:59:11

Only if they’ve no children at present - opportunities in this house have been somewhat limited due to the teenagers being here ALL THE BLOODY TIME! 🤣

BikeRunSki Tue 16-Jun-20 08:02:06

Only of second babies!

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