Birth rates are up 22% so what's behind Britain's 2013 baby boom?

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We take a look at why Brits are feeling the bump this year

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It's safe to to say that the baby boom has arrived this year with a bang. With a whole host of pregnant celebrities and the impending arrival of the Royal baby Brits are well and truly feeling the bump.

Recent figures found by Cussons Mum & Me show that births are on the increase, with a whopping rise of 22% since 2011.

The Cussons Mum & Me experts have come up with some potential reasons as to why 2013 is fast becoming such a bumper year for births.

The Olympic Spirit
The excitement and high spirits associated with Team GB's successes at last year's Olympics appears to have been reflected in bedrooms across the country as couples marked the occasion and celebrated the country's success.

A Drizzly British Summer
The rain poured last summer and the damp drizzly weather seems to have driven more couples indoors, perhaps finding other ways to keep themselves entertained as they waited for the sun to show.

Fifty Shades of Grey
Everyone seemed to be reading the infamous trilogy of erotic fiction last year. The book has been linked to the ever growing baby boom, as Brits embraced their raunchy sides!

Jubilee Jubilation
Kate and Wills had everyone celebrating with their nuptials in 2011 and the Queen herself continued the royal love-in with her 2012 jubilee celebrations. This all resulted in long bank holidays filled with royal revelling!

The Economy
The economic downturn has meant more couples are looking for cheap ways to spend some quality time together. Studies show that couples are spending more time at home creating their own intimate atmospheres with candlelit dinners and cosy movie marathons.

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