Buying a pet 'could be an indicator for an incoming baby'

23 March 2012

Couples in the UK who bring a pet into their home are likely to be going for a baby scan within a year.

This is after new research by The Co-operative Pet Insurance found that 47 per cent of loved-up Brits who purchase an animal then conceive their first child sometime in the 12 months following this decision.

In fact, 40 per cent of couples surveyed expect to have a baby in their home within a year of welcoming a pet into their lives.

However, 22 per cent of respondents felt that they were not ready for the commitment to look after both a young animal and a newborn baby, though ten per cent buy a pet to enhance their parenting skills.

Lee Mooney, head of Pet Insurance at The Co-operative Insurance, pointed out: "Our findings show that for many couples pet ownership can be the first stage of starting a family."

Robert Marsh, the chief executive of The Eve Appeal, also recently highlighted that pregnancy and breastfeeding can reduce the chance of women contracting ovarian cancer.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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