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.

“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.


  • Interesting based on data, but I think babies come when they’re ready.


  • Interesting piece of trivia. As long as they are born healthy it doesn’t really matter to me what time they are born.


  • I was a Christmas Day bub, so according to the UK study I must have wanted to be born on an important date! I think babies just come when they are ready.


  • It would help I think though I don’t know how much I buy into all these ‘studies’.


  • Makes sense when I think of it. Both my kids were born on the cusp of midnight. I’d love to have an accurate prediction of when they’d be born, you’d be able to organise yourself and your family in advance.


  • Out of 4 children, 3 were born at 6pm or just after.


  • Both of my girls were induced and one was born at 11am and my other girl was 10:30 am I was sort of glad I was at the hospital getting induced I new wasn’t haven’t both mine somewhere else and I was at the hospital one of fears was that I went into labour in public or stuck at home with no one


  • Babys come when they are ready, it’s all part of the surprise.


  • my daughter was born at 4 am without any intervention…I still think they just come when they’re ready


  • There’s no way anyone could know the exact time. It’s too random for that.


  • Nope! I like surprises and anticipation. Not everything needs to be known or scheduled in!


  • Don’t know if this study is so accurate.


  • No not really when the baby is ready he will arrive


  • This would have been useful to know.


  • Mine throws the stats way out then. Spontaneous labour with no drugs or interventions and delivered at 7:53pm

    • Mine too! Absolutely nothing went according to plan!


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