So, Valentine's Day was a couple of days ago. The day of LOVE! When you give corny gifts and cards and lay it on real thick in the hopes of getting lucky with your love (or with whomever you happen to be hooking up with at the time!). Sure, it's a contrived holiday, a special day created and promoted by consumerism that dastardly greeting card industry. But you know what? It's still pretty fun. Valentine's Day is when married couples try a little harder, new couples pull out all the stops, and singles everywhere celebrate with their friends or hit the town looking for a little fun. It's also when a whole lot of babies are conceived, which should some as a surprise to no one. So come November? We're going to be seeing a lot of Valentine's Day babies!
According to a 2015 survey from the National Health Service in England, approximately 16,263 babies were conceived on Valentine's Day that year. It may not seem like a lot when you consider how many babies are conceived around the world on a daily basis. But it was a full 6% higher than the average during other weeks of the year! Seems like the day of loooooove really lives up to its name. In fact, only the week after Christmas sees a higher rate of baby-making. Which makes sense, when you think about it. The week between Christmas and New Year's Day is sort of no-man's land, where no one knows what day it is, the celebrations stretch out for days, and everyone is tipsy or carb-high from all the eating and drinking.
Now, if you missed the nookie window on V-Day this year, don't worry! You still have some time to make that November baby. And if you're not in the market for a baby, then make sure to pass on that second glass of champagne on Valentine's Day. After all, with the big food holiday on November, having a baby can be quite inconvenient! Hospital turkey is always a bit dry, don't you think?