At the start of the pandemic, there was speculation around whether there would be a “post-COVID” baby boom, particularly because of the increased amount of time people were spending at home during lockdown.
Some new research, conducted by King’s College London, is among the first in the UK to indicate that this increase in birth rates is unlikely. The group of women included in the study were drawn from a pool of users who had previously accessed Tommy’s Planning for Pregnancy tool.
According to the results, around half of women who were thinking of having a baby say COVID-19 has changed their plans. 72 per cent said they had decided to postpone a pregnancy, while only 28 per cent decided to bring their plans forward. It is worth noting here that 92 per cent of people included in the study still wanted to become pregnant eventually, so the main factor was timing.