Prediction of the Covid-19 Baby Boom

November 02, 2020 Read time

Prediction of the coronavirus Baby boom

Are we now dealing with happy after-effects here?

In my environment it is clear. Many couples are currently having a baby made in the lock-down of the first Corona wave in March this year. Those pregnant ladies are usually due in December 2020 to early 2021. Pregnancy courses are full and the midwife here in the village is working overtime.

What do the numbers say
But is this correct? Here are a few things at a glance. In the Netherlands there are on average about 160 to 210 thousand babies expected per year according to the figures of the CBS. The exception was the post-war baby boom. In 1946 an absolute birth record was set with 284 thousand births.
If we look at the figures for this year up to and including October, we are already at 169.680 children in 2020. Then we still have 2 months to go with an average of 15.000 children per month. Which is already higher than last year's monthly average. In addition to an additional 30.000 children, we are at 190.000 children in 2020 compared to 169.680 of them 2019. That is quite a number more than last year, and we have not yet taken into account the second wave that may still be coming.

More time for each other
The reason for this is mainly because couples have been closer together than ever for a longer period of time. You and your partner are in self-isolation. There is complete focus on each other, and the rest of the world was put on the back burner for a while. So as a couple you really have more time for each other, and to dive between the sheets together.

Less stress
It has been proven that you have a higher chance of getting pregnant when you are less stressed. Because you do not have to go out together as much, you have more time to relax. This relaxation benefits your fertility.

Or more stress? 
Another reasoning is that in times of stress you are more likely to seek affection and security together. And this out of sight than in more sex couples. The corona period can be more stressful, so it is likely that people share sheets more often than usual.

More time to work on your relationship
Because you spend more time together, you also have more time to pay attention to each other. Start a good conversation or make plans together for the future. This is also a reason why couples have made that choice together earlier in the lock-down period.

More time for intimacy
The travel time you needed every day to go to work, you gain, as it were, during this period. But you also spend a lot of time on maintaining social contacts. This also allows us to put more time into our intimacy within the relationship.
So funny that this new generation already like Generation Coronials is indicated. Personally, the term Generation Covid-19 appeals to me more. In any case, I am very curious whether the prediction is correct. And of course what will bring us next year.

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