Baby boom predicted next year thanks to success of Fifty Shades of Grey books
18:13 GMT, 4 July 2012
The best-selling Fifty Shades of Grey books have already been credited with reviving ailing marriages and now an expert predicts they could cause a baby boom.
Professor Ellis Cashmore, expert in
Culture at Staffordshire University, predicts a spike in the number of
newborns in Britain next year as a result of the book, which has been dubbed 'mummy porn'.
He said: 'With the millions of copies
it has sold – it makes complete sense to assume that in nine months time
we are going see a baby boom.
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He added: 'It is already quite a phenomenon, every woman is talking about it – whether it be in the gym, at work, on the bus or even in the supermarket.
'It’s not a difficult equation: more sex equals more pregnancies, which equals more babies.'
Backing up the professor's theory, expectant mums have
been bombarding parenting websites claiming to have fallen pregnant with
'Fifty Shades Babies'.
One user called 'drelvsjay' on the forum Baby Centre wrote: 'My baby will be a Fifty Shades baby for sure. And I am damn proud of it.'
While another, 'brownierobinbird', posted: 'I would like to thank the author of Fifty Shades of Grey for our newest edition.'
But one father-to-be Steve Thomas, 38, from Cardiff, said he couldn’t keep up with his wife’s newfound passion.
He said: 'The book turned her into a bit of an animal. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed it at first – but she just couldn’t get enough and now we’re expecting our third child together.'