Last Friday, Bridget Jones’s Baby set a new record for the biggest comedy/romantic comedy opening ever in the UK/Ireland with $4M at its 641 sites.

Bridget’s single life and career may have been interrupted when she unexpectedly found herself pregnant, but she isn’t the only one busy making babies this year. In fact, new research has revealed that our very own Essex has the highest birth rate in the whole of the UK!

And which area is producing the most babies? Why, it’s Barking and Dagenham, with an average of 2.41 children per mother.

We’re clearly a fertile bunch, or perhaps we just have a little too much spare time on our hands? Either way, here are a few more fascinating facts about babyhood, from the weirdest lullabies to the most popular names of 2016.

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