November 5, 2019


It’s the question that’s impossible to answer, but a new study sheds some light on what time of day you can expect your new arrival.

Wouldn’t it be nice to know the exact time and day that your baby will be born? If you opt for a c-section, chances are you’ll have a pretty good idea, but for those mums that give birth naturally, the whole situation can be a little more unpredictable.

Until now. A recent study has shed some light on the time of day that your baby is most likely to be born, essentialbaby reports, and it has something to do with evolution…

Just Like Our Ancestors

The study found that mums who delivered without intervention were most likely to do so between 1am and 7am, with 4am being the most common time to give birth.

“Long term experience and research from other areas has shown that human births without obstetric intervention are most likely to occur at night or in the early hours of the morning,” Dr Peter Martin, lead author of the study, said.

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“This may be part of our evolutionary heritage. Our ancestors lived in groups that were active and dispersed during the day and came together to rest at night. So a night time labour and birth probably afforded the mother and newborn baby some protection.”

Won’t Interrupt Your Christmas

If you’re currently pregnant, and worried you might have a Christmas Day bub, then the results of the study might put your mind at ease. It was found that babies prefer not to make their entrance on important dates, with spontaneous births seven percent lower on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and two percent lower on Sundays and public holidays. It’s important to note that the study was based on UK data, but we still think it’s super interesting – if only it was a little more accurate!

Would you want to know the exact date and time of your baby’s birth in advance? Tell us in the comments.


  • I really don’t think you can pin point things like this


  • can’t really control this


  • I got 3 kids. They all born naturally.


  • I dunno about this. My second came 3 weeks early!


  • It’s just natural – the bubs come when its time! :)


  • Has anyone had success with this. I’m very sceptical


  • I know one Mum who predicted her baby would be born on her brother’s birthday. Not quite – 3 days difference. Another Mum I know had her baby the same day as her own – 2 minutes before midnight or he may have been the first newborn for the New year. The baby was due a week later.


  • Think this study is a bit questionable


  • Would have loved to know but mine broke the average, both where born during the day without intervention


  • No I wouldn’t want to know the exact time of my baby’s arrival. It would make things even more stressful. My son was born at 11.17am, undiagnosed breech, pethidine and gas for pain relief. My daughter was born at 6.15am, head first and no pain relief at all. Might be something to this study


  • Babies come when they are ready and I’m not sure we can scientifically work out when that is.


  • NO, I would rather just leave it to happen when it happens. I like the surprise element of it


  • I don’t believe in this ‘study’.


  • Wouldn’t that be nice to make a plan. BUT, I’ve found babies don’t work to any kind of plan and come when they’re ready.


  • I prefer being surprised so I wouldn’t have wanted to know the exact time and date of their births


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