As the snow piles higher around the country and the roads get messier, many couples find comfort and warmth in each other’s arms. It could mean a baby boom come fall.
Bianca doesn’t remember what the weather was like when either of her two children were conceived, but she remembers what she was doing last week when ice and snow trapped her family at home.
Bianca says “Of course it’s cold outside, so you need to snuggle up and get warm and then you probably run out of things to do after a while so you put the kids to bed and you go for it.”
Doctors say post-catastrophe baby booms are, for the most part, media-fed myths. The idea that people stuck indoors search for ways to relieve boredom and voila, but the fantasy endures and the anecdotal evidence keeps piling up.
OBGYN Dr. Jonathan Snead says, “When there’s a big ice storm or stuff like that, if we see pregnant ladies, we’ll trace it back and go, ‘Was something going on in that ice storm?’ and they say, ‘Well, yeah, that might have been when it happened.’”
New mom, Laquandria, says it was really hot, not cold, when her newborn was conceived, but the north Texas winter storm still made an impact.
Laquandria says “Yes, cause I had to walk through the snow and I had contractions through the snow.”
Doctor Snead says the biggest childbirth spike happened after World War II when the troops returned home and started the Baby Boom generation.