Pregnancy and Baby Statistics, Trends and Data In 2023
We are delighted to bring you our pregnancy statistics for 2023.
Whether you are a parent looking for some reassurance that you are not alone, or whether you would just like to be informed on recent pregnancy statistics, this is the article for you.
We have asked over 20,000 parents for their feedback on the following questions.
- Did you suffer morning sickness with your girl?
- Did you suffer morning sickness with your boy?
- Did you suffer with gender disappointment?
- Did your birth mirror your birth plan?
What is Morning Sickness?
Morning sickness is the nausea and vomiting that you experience during pregnancy.
Morning sickness is very common during early pregnancy and, despite its name, can affect you at any time of the day- whether it is morning, afternoon or night.
If you are wondering just how common morning sickness is, depending on whether you have a girl or a boy, we have some results from our 20,000 parents below.
Did you Suffer Morning Sickness with your Girl?
Are you having a girl? We found that a whopping 66% of mothers experienced morning sickness whilst pregnant with their little girl.
Did you suffer morning sickness with your boy?
Perhaps you’re having a boy? Morning sickness was found to be less common with a boy- with 52% of mothers voting that they did not suffer from morning sickness whilst pregnant with their little boy.
What is Gender Disappointment?
Gender disappointment describes the feelings of sadness or disappointment, experienced by parents, when they find out the gender of their baby is not what they were hoping for.
Gender disappointment is often followed by feelings of guilt and shame.
Gender disappointment can be caused by a variety of things- such as your culture placing more value on one sex than the other, pressure from friends and family and your own hopes.
Did You Suffer With Gender Disappointment?
If you suffered from gender disappointment, you are not alone.
From our 20,000 parents, we found that 36% suffered from gender disappointment- this means that 1 in 3 parents have experienced gender disappointment.
What is a Birth Plan?
According to the NHS, a birth plan is a record of what you would like to happen during your labour and after the birth.
Creating a birth plan is not essential, but if you would like to create one, your midwife will be able to help you.
We asked our 20,000 parents if the birth followed the birth plan; you can find these results below.
Did your birth mirror your birth plan?
We asked our network of 20,000 parents whether their birth mirrored their birth plan, and we found that 76% of parents had a birth which did not follow their plan.
So, if your birth did not go to plan, do not worry- as the vast majority- of 3 in 4 parents- had a birth that did not follow their original birth plan.