A number of women have confessed that their pregnancy was largely due to their obsession with a fictional TV drama.
Her six-month-old son had just moved into his own bedroom when Claire Reilly first saw bodice-buster Bridgerton.
Like the rest of the nation, she found it romantic, sensual and compelling. She was instantly hooked on the Netflix show, with its spicy sex scenes making quite an impact.
Nine months after delving into the 19th century Regency drama starring Rege-Jean Page as The Duke, Claire and printer Ashley’s second baby was born.
Felicity, now seven months, is one of thousands of babies believed to be the result of a Bridgerton baby boom — conceived after their parents watched the steamy series.
Full-time mom Claire, 35, says: “Our son Rupert had moved into his own room and was sleeping through the night for the first time, so I suppose it was inevitable that we would have our own Bridgerton baby. .
“I was amazed at how graphic the sex scenes were when I started watching it, there’s a lot more to it than any other period drama. There are many scenes with male characters pleasing the female characters, which is a refreshing change from what we normally see on screen.
“They don’t leave much to the imagination – my husband loved them how much I loved them.”
The drama, which also stars Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton, was streamed from December 2020 and according to figures from the Office for National Statistics, UK births increased in September, October and November of the following year.
Claire, who lives in West Sussex in the south of England, started watching the series in early 2021. She says, “I didn’t see the show when it first came out, but I saw it being advertised and people were talking about it, so I gave it a go after a few weeks.
“I was hooked from the start. There’s so much sex and nudity in it, it’s amazing. Everyone is so passionate and wanting to jump into bed with each other, it’s brilliant and addictive.
“The Duke made me especially warm under the collar – and then my husband was able to enjoy the benefits in the bedroom.
“When I found out we were pregnant again, I was shocked but excited. I’ll tell Felicity when she’s older that she’s our Bridgerton baby.
“I hope she grows up to like the show, but I’m definitely not letting her watch it until she’s at least 18.”
There were 60 births per 1000 women in the UK in September 2021, about nine months after Bridgerton’s first season aired.
This was an increase from 58 births per 1,000 in September last year. And there were also high rates in the next few months. Is it any wonder couples got in the mood? A recent survey found Bridgerton to be the most romantic TV show based on the percentage of sexy dialogue.
Piroska Cavell, obstetrician and medical director of Clinic Sese in Whitstable, Kent, says: “Associating with your chosen person releases what midwives like to call ‘the love hormone’, Oxytocin.
“When you watch others become romantic, it amplifies its effect, and viewers can become steamy as a result. There seems to have been a mini-baby boom in September and October 2021. Some associate Bridgerton with the phenomenon and it may well be.”
Abi Kay, 35, also found that the drama got her in the mood. Abi lives with husband Milo, 34, a production assistant, and is a full-time mother to seven-month-old Dolly.
She says: “Our girl is here because watching the show helped me change my feelings about sex. I will always be grateful that it helped me conceive. Who knows if season three will bring us Bridgerton baby number two?”
Abi, from Essex in the South East of England, added: “Dolly was conceived just after seeing the show last March. I loved the show, I watched it in about two days.
“I was recovering from a miscarriage and trying to process what had happened. In hindsight, it was very much a therapy of sorts. What I loved about the Bridgerton sex is that it’s not free, it’s passionate and an integral part of the plot.
“The show was unlike anything else I’ve seen when it comes to the sex scenes because on screen women are the ones giving the pleasure rather than receiving it, but that’s not Bridgerton’s way.
“Here, women enjoy just as much, if not more, than men. Sex had become something you do to have a baby, but Bridgerton reminded my husband and I that sex is more than that: it’s about connection, intimacy and passion.”
Relationship expert Kate Taylor says, “Watching a steamy TV show will inspire couples to recreate sexy scenes. We get excited by watching other people get raunchy and we’re often inspired to see the characters on screen.” to surpass.
Worrying about a partner, perhaps preferring another person – even fictitious – can also excite us, because jealousy creates ‘hysterical bonding’ – an urge to make sexual contact with a partner, to distract them from someone else.”
Simona Das, 35, from north London, is a product manager for a technology company and mother to eight-month-old twins Arya and Diyana. They were conceived in February 2021, after she watched the drama.
Simona says: “The passion of season one between Daphne Bridgerton and The Duke was electric. It has brightened up married life for my husband and me.
“I never thought that a TV show would be partly responsible for my becoming a mother. I’m glad my daughters are growing up in a world where they see main characters on TV who look like them, it’s a fantastically diverse show.
“I’m proud to call them my Bridgerton babies.”
This article originally appeared in The sun and was reproduced with permission
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