When Will I Get Pregnant? If Your Name Is On This List, It Could Be As Soon As 2018

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Getting pregnant is simultaneously my biggest fear and my worst nightmare. Getting pregnant now, when I can barely afford living as just one person, would not be good at all. But never being able to get pregnant in the future is the only thing more terrifying. With every period that comes, I rejoice in the fact that I'm not pregnant, but I also grimace at the possibility of never being able to get pregnant. Obviously, there are medical ways for me to get to the bottom of these concerns... OR, you know, I could consult this list of names of women who are most likely to get pregnant in 2018 and just wait for my turn.

Now, of course, this is not at all a scientific way to figure out whether or not your chances of getting pregnant next year are looking good or not. If you're really serious about figuring that out, you should probably give your OB-GYN a call. But if you're not really THAT serious, and you're also just curious about what names are the most popular when it comes to the women having babies, I've got a fun little "study" for you. The word study is in quotes here because, well, I'm not so sure that scientists would back this up. But here we go.

The Sun reports that the original "study" of this nature, conducted by Closer Magazine, took place in the UK. They based their findings on the fact that the average age of UK moms having their first child was approximately 28.5. So, to find out the names of people most likely to be moms in 2018, they took a look at the most popular names for people born in 1990 (AKA people who will be 28 in 2018). And now, to do their part, New York Magazine's The Cut conducted a similar little experiment for us in the U.S.

First, they found that the most common age for people to get pregnant for the first time in the United States also happens to be 28 years old. So based off of that information, they logged on to the Social Security Administration website, which gave them a handy-dandy list of the most common names for people born in 1990 in the U.S. (again, the people who will be 28 in 2018). Check out the list below, and let's see if you might (or might not, since, you know, this is definitely not scientific) have a baby on board come 2018!

1. Jessica
2. Ashley
3. Brittany
4. Amanda
5. Samantha
6. Sarah
7. Stephanie
8. Jennifer
9. Elizabeth
10. Lauren
11. Megan
12. Emily
13. Nicole
14. Kayla
15. Amber
16. Rachel
17. Courtney
18. Danielle
19. Heather
20. Melissa

Now, again, more than anything, this list really just means you'll be 28 in 2018, and 28 just so happens to be the most common age for women to become mothers in the United States. This is definitely not a surefire sign that a baby's going to inhabit your uterus any time soon. If your name is Jessica, that does not necessarily mean you are going to have a baby on board this coming year.

But, just admit it, that was kind of fun to look through, wasn't it? Also, if you're 27 going on 28, and you grew up with, like, five Jessicas and three Ashleys in your class, and you're seeing more and more pregnancy announcements on Facebook, doesn't the world just feel like it's starting to make a little bit of sense?

Now, if you want to be a mom this year, and your name doesn't appear on this list, obviously don't fret! You really never know what can happen sometimes.

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