Could 'Fifty Shades' give us a baby boom?
August 1st, 2012
09:00 AM ET

Could 'Fifty Shades' give us a baby boom?

One of these days, some kid's going to ask how he was made and he'll be met with the response,"Fifty Shades of Grey."

According to the Global Editor in Chief of BabyCenter.com, Linda Murray, the odds of that happening are looking stronger than you'd think.

Getting into E.L. James' racy runaway best-seller, the first in a trilogy, "is acting like an aphrodisiac for women,” Murray told "Good Morning America" Tuesday. “It’s putting them in the mood more frequently and they’re having more sex and they’re ultimately getting pregnant faster.”

BabyCenter.com posted a blog on July 10 about the novel's potential responsibility for some forthcoming bundles of joy, noting that many members of the BabyCenter community pointed to the book as an aid in conception.

ABC News' "Good Morning America" featured three couples who say that "Fifty Shades," which is also being turned into a movie with closely watched casting, helped them conceive. Funnily enough, ABC news points out, all three couples also have due dates around February of 2013 - nine months following a May sales spike of "Fifty Shades of Grey."

Judging from the July 10 BabyCenter.com post, we also shouldn't be surprised if the first names of the novel's two main characters, Christian Grey and Ana(stasia) Steele, "skyrocket [to] the Top Baby Names list in 2012."


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  1. Disappointed

    ... "is acting like an aphrodisiac for women,”...

    Yeah, because stories about how those involved in BDSM are somehow 'broken' and need to be cured written by someone who is not involved in the BDSM community and writes trashy stories about abuse always get me going.

    August 2, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. Serious?

    Will kids be called greybie boomers?

    August 2, 2012 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. John

    What's the big deal??? It's just a white people version of the Zane novels...so what..

    August 2, 2012 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      A CNN comment page is not complete without a token race comment. Simple minds.

      August 2, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. Booo

    I guess I should be grateful that I've had superior life, and bedroom, experience compared to my female counterparts. I'm in my mid-20s and the books have done nothing for me, not that I need help in that department.

    August 2, 2012 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. bryan

    How about two wars ending? I'm sure those will contribute to a higher birth rate more than some really shallow book their mothers will buy.

    August 2, 2012 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. Caros

    Diamond Club Baby boom coming soon

    August 2, 2012 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. christa

    If I were pregnant right now I would say this is a correct statement. My husband and I both are very thankful for this series.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kat

    "Funnily enough.."??? who writes for cnn?

    August 2, 2012 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  9. CTSadler

    I feel sorry if those children a born girls because they sure aren't going to get much in the way of self esteem instilled in them.

    August 1, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jkimwhite

    Greybies...?

    August 1, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. justme

    I laugh thinking of all the "empowered" females getting off to this. "I am woman, hear me roar.....oh look, mainstream s&m.....meow" lol

    August 1, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Spiralguy12

    Its sad that this trash passes as literature these days.
    If I was a woman, I'd be deeply offended at the Grey character.
    Shame on our culture for this garbage.

    August 1, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. FailMuch

    Wow. A baby boom created by a horribly written book about a man with mommy issues and a woman with no self esteem. Nothin turns me on like group therapy!

    I think I'll keep my brain cells. Thanks.

    August 1, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. kaa

    Enjoyed reading all three books but was somewhat disturbed by the fact he was such a popular character. Mr. Grey had far too many issues for most sane women to try and save.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Paul

    Yeah, grey is the new pink.

    August 1, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Name*Koskie

    I read the book. When she says it's her first I believed her. Horrible. Evil, hell no. My lady loved it though, so what can I say. The bed these days is full of chains. God bless America, God bless free speech, God bless S&M, God bless getting it on! I love you America. Keep getting it on too erotics. Xo

    August 1, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Joe

    So it's frowned upon for men to look at porn but ok for girls to read S&M?

    August 1, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  18. BigwhiteballsandshlOng

    Lol joe!

    August 1, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  19. MacJew

    It's sad when Twilight fanfiction get made into a movie. Why not make Anne Rice's Beauty trilogy? That was at least good!

    August 1, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  20. bob

    It says a lot about a nation when it takes a poorly written book to get the women "in the mood".

    August 1, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  21. peewee

    you better shut that down boy.

    August 1, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  22. just saying

    you better cover that up

    August 1, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  23. jm

    I sure hope not!

    August 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  24. jujubeans

    I'm gonna run out and get a copy for my wife! <======3

    August 1, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  25. The Fashion Foot

    I can definitely see these names becoming huge in years to come. We all know Mason is a top baby name, which I'm sure had something to do with Mason Disick, Kourtney Kardashian's son. Fashion doesn't stop at clothes! Check out our article on fashionable baby names :) http://thefashionfoot.com/2012/07/23/fashionable-baby-names/

    August 1, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  26. MAKES MY DAY

    i love these people i cannot tell how much fun reading this makes my day

    August 1, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  27. mikrik13

    Not in this economy.

    August 1, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  28. Snaaaple

    An evil book for evil people.

    August 1, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  29. trapper

    This book did nothing for me. No shēmales at all. How am I supposed to get above half cøcked if there's no chīcks with dīcks?

    August 1, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  30. weird

    Its not letting me post.

    August 1, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  31. Branden

    if the ole girl was around. no gray going forward!

    August 1, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  32. Joe

    I'll stick with Squirting Midgets #37 instead...

    August 1, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |

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