Millions of people just finished celebrating the Chinese New Year, which took place on Monday, January 23rd. And now, hospitals and fertilization clinics across Asia and even some in the United States are preparing for a huge bump in the number of babies expected to be born between now and February 9, 2013.
2012 is The Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese lunar calendar. Out of all of the 12 zodiac signs, the dragon is only year not represented by an animal, but a mythical creature. Many consider the Dragon as the luckiest sign to be born under. Those born under the Dragon are said to be driven and ambitious. The Dragon is considered the mightiest of all the signs.
Because of that, many Chinese are planning to have babies this year. Maternity rooms in hospitals across China are booked through August and in the U.S., fertility clinics in big cities like Los Angeles, have reported a boost in business, some as much as 250 percent.
In past Dragon years, like 1988 and 2000, statistics show the number of babies born in Singapore jumped as much as 10 percent. In Taiwan, a total of 202,000 babies were born in 2000.
Couples hoping to give birth to a Dragon Baby before the year ends next February, better get started. They must conceive by May 2 to have their babies before The Year of the Snake begins on Feb. 10, 2013.
According to chinesezodiac.com, 2012 is also the year in which the water element overlaps the Dragon year. Water is said to have a calming effect on the Dragon’s fearless temperament. So if you’re planning on giving birth to Dragon Baby, plan on stocking up on The Blooming Bath bathtub!