We're stuck at home.

With our partners.

There's nowhere to go.

And when couples are stuck together at home during big or even stressful events, babies have a way of being made. Researchers have previously found a link between being stuck at home with your partner and getting pregnant.

Motherly's resident midwife, Diana Spalding CNM, author of our upcoming The Motherly Guide To Becoming Mama: Redefining Your Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum Journey (available April 14) thinks there are a few reasons for the baby bump.

"It's probably a few factors: The first being that people who may operate on different schedules, and therefore not see each other as often as they'd like to, are suddenly spending a lot more time together—more time together means more opportunities to make a baby," Spalding explains. (Psst, if this is you, you might want to pop a prenatal vitamin).

"And the second is that during periods of stress and uncertainty, we tend to seek out comfort and connection with people we love," Spalding says. "One of the many ways to connect with someone is, of course, to have sex with them."

The most comprehensive research ever done was a 2008 study by researchers at BYU, which found that certain kind of catastrophic events—like blackouts and snowstorms—do in fact lead to an increase in conception and subsequent birth rates.

Here's how BYU's Richard Evans explained it in to NPR's Michele Martin in a 2016 interview: "[The fertility affect] is that with low-level, low severity events, we found an uptick in births...it sets the table for romance."

Inversely, with a very dangerous storm, where people literally have to "run for their lives," there is a similar decrease in pregnancy and births nine months later.

A NJ.com article also noted a correlation between scary events and an increase in births nine months later: "A study done in the aftermath of the 1995 Oklahoma City terrorist bombing found an increase in births nine months after the tragedy. Researchers speculated it could have been because people living near the bombing site sensed their own mortality and naturally responded by trying to strengthen their own families."

So if you're stuck at home and thinking of adding to your family, you'll be in good company and you might as well enjoy this time together with your partner.

Having a newborn is challenging at the best of times, but during forced isolation and in a climate of fear and uncertainty, it can become overwhelming.

The coronavirus pandemic is setting up our communities for genuine mental health concerns. This may be especially true for new parents. When will 'normal' life return? How will I pay for diapers and baby food? Will my mom be able to help us now? What if my baby or my family get COVID-19? Unfortunately, no one knows the long-term impact or answers just yet.

Most families have built a network of social support by the time they have their first child—if they don't already have a support system, they develop one through various baby classes and groups set up for parents. The creation of the village can be instrumental to the mental health of new parents. Social distancing, the lockdown of cities, and isolation will inadvertently affect the type of support available.

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