HER six-month-old had just moved into his own bedroom when Claire Reilly saw bodice-buster Bridgerton for the first time.
Like the rest of the nation, she found it romantic, sensual, and compelling. She was instantly hooked on the Netflix show, whose naughty sex scenes made quite an impact.
Nine months after he starred in the 19th-century Regency drama starring Rege-Jean Page as The Duke, Claire and printer husband Ashley, the second baby was born.
“Duke turned me on – and my husband benefited from it”
Felicity, now seven months old, 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 mum Claire, 35, says: “Our son Rupert had moved into his own room and was sleeping through the night for the first time, so I reckon it would be bound to happen that we would end up having our own Bridgerton baby.
“I was surprised at how vivid the sex scenes were when I first started watching it, there’s a lot more to it than any other historical drama. There are many scenes with male characters that please the female characters, which is a refreshing change from what we usually see on screen.
“They don’t leave much to the imagination – my husband enjoyed it as much as I loved it.”
The drama, which also stars Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton, was available to stream as of December 2020, and according to Office for National Statistics figures, there was a surge in births in September, October and November of the following year.
Claire, who lives in Worthing, West Sussex, began watching the series in early 2021. She says: “I didn’t see the show when it first came out, but I kept seeing ads for it and people were talking about it, so after a couple of weeks I gave it a try.
“I was hooked from the start. There’s so much sex and nudity in it, it’s awesome. Everyone is so passionate and want to jump into bed together, it’s brilliant and addictive.
“The Duke in particular got me really hot – and then my husband got to enjoy the perks 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’ll like the show, but I definitely won’t let her until she’s at least 18.”
“SEASON THREE COULD BRING US ANOTHER BABY”
As of September 2021, there were 60 births per 1,000 women, about nine months after Bridgerton season 1 aired.
This was up from 58 births per 1,000 in September. And the following months saw similarly high rates. Is it any wonder couples got in the mood? A recent study found Bridgerton to be the most romantic TV show based on its percentage of sexy dialogue.
Piroska Cavell, midwife and medical director at Clinic Sese in Whitstable, Kent, says: “Getting cozy with your chosen person releases oxytocin, which midwives like to call ‘the love hormone’.
“Watching other people get romantic increases their impact and viewers might get hot from it. In September and October 2021 there seems to have been a mini baby boom. Some are associating Bridgerton with the phenomenon, and that may well be the case.”
Abi Kay, 35, also found the drama cheered her up. Abi lives with husband Milo, 34, a production assistant, and is a full-time mother to seven-month-old Dolly.
She says: “Our little girl is here because watching the show helped me change my attitude towards sex. I will always be grateful to him for helping me get pregnant. Who knows if Season 3 will bring us Bridgerton baby number two?”
Who knows if Season 3 will bring us Bridgerton baby number two?
Abi, from West Hanningfield, Essex, added: “Dolly was conceived just after I finished watching the show in March last year. 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 form of therapy. What I loved about the Bridgerton sex is that it’s not for nothing, it’s passionate and an integral part of the storyline.
“The show was unlike anything I’ve seen when it comes to the sex scenes, because on screen, women are often the ones giving 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 hot TV show will inspire couples to recreate sexy scenes on each other. We get aroused when we see other people getting lewd, and we’re often inspired to outdo the characters on screen.
“Worrying that a partner might favor another person – even fictional – can also excite us, as jealousy breeds ‘hysterical attachment’ – an urge to bond sexually with a partner to distract them from others.”
Simona Das, 35, from Hendon, north London, is a product manager at a technology company and mother of eight-month-old twins Arya and Diyana. They were conceived in February 2021 after watching the drama.
Simona says, “The passion of season one between Daphne Bridgerton and The Duke was electric. It has spiced up married life for my husband and I.
“I never thought that a television 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 who look a lot like them on TV, it’s a fantastically diverse show.
“I’m proud to call them my Bridgerton babies.”
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