If history is anything to go by, Britain could be enjoying a baby boom in spring next year - sparked by the Olympics, Diamond Jubilee and Euro 2012.
Births in England and Wales had been falling for at least a decade until the early 2000s.
But the year after the Golden Jubilee in 2002, England’s World Cup success and Tim Henman reaching the Wimbledon semi-final saw a huge increase in births.
They rose by 25,347 in 2003, according to official figures from the Office for National Statistics, jumping from 596,122 to 621,469, an increase of 4.25 per cent.
The rise was the biggest spike in the birth rate between 1992 and 2010.
There were large increases in births in the period nine months after the summer of 2002 which saw hundreds of street parties to celebrate the Golden Jubilee, David Beckham mania sweeping the country as England reached the World Cup quarter finals and tennis fans cheering as Tim Henman clinched a semi-final showdown with Lleyton Hewitt at Wimbledon.
Births rose by 13,260 in March to July 2003, compared to the previous year.
“Olympics, Royal celebrations and World Cups seem to function as cultural aphrodisiacs,” Ellis Cashmore, Professor of Culture at Staffordshire University, told The Standard.
“It’s exactly the kind of situation where people will feel well disposed to each other in an affable if not amorous way.
“We should see a spike in the birth rate in the spring of 2013.”
Professor Jacky Boivin, an expert in health psychology at Cardiff University, believes there may be another rise in conceptions next year.
“If Britain wins lots of gold medal at the London Olympics, this could create a mood of euphoria in the country,” she said.
“This could make people more likely to have sex which could lead to an increase in conceptions.”
She also stressed that if people are inspired by the 2012 Games to take up sport or just become more active, this could also boost birth numbers.
“People could also be encouraged by the Olympics to get more physically fit. Being fit can make people feel more attractive and boost their libido leading to more sex,” she said.
“Being physically fit can also make it easier for couples to conceive by more favourable hormones and sperm quality.”
But she also warned that big sporting events and other celebrations could reduce the likelihood of women becoming pregnant if they or their partner drink to excess.
Dr Cath Mercer, a senior lecturer at University College London’s Centre for Sexual Health and HIV Research, said breaks, such as the Jubilee extended Public Holiday weekend and people taking time off work this summer for the Olympics, could fuel the birth rate.
"Anything which gives people the time to relax and have sex could lead to a baby boom," she says.