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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