The latest pregnancy statistics
The Office of National Statistics has released the latest data on pregnancy statistics in England Wales. The tables are pretty tedious but the info is fascinating, so I thought I’d relay it to you sans Excel spread sheet.
The good news is that teen pregnancy is down from previous years in both the under-16 and under-18 category but the number of abortions has increased (perhaps keeping the figures down). In 2008-2010, 61.3 per cent of pregnant under-16s had abortions, and in the under-18 age group 49.9 per cent of conceptions led to abortion in 2010 – a 5.7 per cent increase since 2000.
Whilst teen pregnancies are down, the overall number of pregnancies has risen in England and Wales, especially in the 30-40 year age group, which has seen a 5.2 per cent increase in 2010 when compared to 2009 stats.
Women in their twenties remain consistent with pregnancy statistics; with conception in the 20-24 year old age group increasing by 0.1 per cent from 2009 to 2010, and the 25-29 year olds follow suit with a 0.3 increase.
So, what affects the conception rate? An increase in sex education, the recession, scientific and medical developments, career priorities – all of the above.
What I have noticed in my group of friends is that my gal pals seem to be waiting to have children. Late twenties/early thirties is a popular time for conception… and even that bench mark is increasing.
My friends who do not yet have kids state finances as their motivation for waiting – they want financial security, which is something most of them feel they have not achieved in their twenties. So kids are on the cards for their thirties, if at all.
CLICK HERE for the full pregnancy statistics ONS report.
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