12% of young Britons believe Caesarean section a religious group

YOUNG Britons are clueless when it comes to the facts of life, a survey shows.

More than 20% of 18 to 25-year-olds questioned thought a pregnancy lasted a year, 10% believed eating red meat influenced the sex of a baby and half expected a baby to walk and talk within its first year.

The poll also revealed that 20% of the childless respondents thought the umbilical cord was a musical note and 27% admitted they would consider genetic engineering if it meant a better- looking baby.

One in five expected the labour process to be over in four hours or less, while 12% of respondents believed a Caesarean section was a religious group.

The vast majority (70%) were in the dark when it came to the true cost of raising a baby.

A third of the respondents believed that £1,000 (€1,142) would be adequate to cover equipment, food, clothes and toys for a baby’s first year when the latest studies suggest it is about nine times higher.

Relationship expert Tracey Cox said: “The study would suggest that young British adults have a lot of faith in the speed of evolution, with babies walking and talking in their first year.

“On a more serious note, given the amount of information available around this subject both at school, amongst peers and from families themselves, it’s astonishing how innocent and gullible young adults are on the subject of babies, parenting and childbirth.”

The survey also found it is not just the baby’s looks that matter to young Britons – one in four (26%) of the female respondents admitted they would consider plastic surgery after giving birth in order to regain their pre-pregnancy body shape.

And the sexual divide was still in evidence, with a fifth (21%) of those quizzed saying women were better qualified to change nappies.

Overall, 58.33% said 28 was the best age to start a family and 56.24% thought two children was the optimum number for the “perfect” family size.

The survey of 2,000 people was commissioned to mark the release of the romantic comedy Life As We Know It.


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