22 December 2015
Obstetricians and midwives could see a surge in their workload towards the end of September.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there has been an increase in the number of births approximately 40 weeks after the Christmas period over the last two decades.
The body said this shows that babies are more likely to be conceived during the festive season than at any other time of the year.
Commenting on the findings, Allan Pacey, a professor of andrology at the University of Sheffield, said: "The idea that more babies are conceived over the Christmas period makes a lot of sense."
Speaking to BBC News, he added: "I'm sure the odd celebratory sherry has something to do with it too."
The ONS stated that if the daily number of births was equal, there would be about 1,800 births every day.
However, a clear boom was visible in autumn, with the figure peaking on September 26th with 1,974 births.
Posted by Edward Bartel
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