Wednesday, August 22, 2012

how long it takes to get pregnant

I love when data viz and life intersect. This happened for me recently, when I came across the following visualization - it's from a post a couple of months ago on flowing data.

How Long it Takes to Get Pregnant
Slightly modified from this post
The graph shows the odds of getting pregnant (y-axis) by the number of months one (or two as would typically be the case here) tries to get pregnant. The different colored markers denote the age (I assume of the female) trying to conceive. This shows that 25 year olds will nearly always get pregnant within a year of trying to conceive, and that this probability decreases the older you are.

How does this intersect life, you may ask? I had one empirical data point to add to the graph, denoted by the * at the (x, y) coordinate (5 months, 100%). Colored correctly, it would be somewhere between yellow and green.

For anyone who is still scratching their head to figure out what I'm talking about... 
I'm due in February!


  1. Congratulations!

    you may enjoy this:

  2. Congratulations Cole !
    This is great news and I wish you all the best for the coming months... and years :-)
    And as usual, a very nice use of visualising data....

  3. Congratulations Cole this is great news and I wish you all the best in the coming months :-)

    And as usual you produced a great visualisation to link to your topic :-). Kudos to your creative side !

  4. Of course you announce this news with data and graphs... :) I can't wait for the visualizations of baby names, cost of pregnancy... the possibilities are endless!

    Also, you might be interested in some interesting new developments in parenting (with data!):

    Either way, congrats!

  5. This is the coolest baby announcement ever! Congrats!

  6. Wow! Congrats Cole! May your data visualization skills come in handy as you tackle this latest life challenge!

    I remember charting my wife's contractions, which only really helped me, as I recall. ;)

  7. Excellent, Cole! Ditto the other comments here! What great news! More data rockstars -- just what is needed these days, according to all accounts!

  8. Great news Cole! Congrats.

    You probably know about this already, but if not, this viz might help you out with picking a name. It's Martin Wattenberg's creation.

    BTW, your captcha is incredibly challenging. I had to try about 15 times. might get you more comments.

  9. Congratulations from my side!

    There is one small point which has been bugging me since I read your post weeks ago: I believe your * should be at (5 months, 50%) instead of (5 months, 100%).
    This is not really intuitive because obviously, you can't be 50% pregnant. However, this is the probability of conception which _could_ also have happend either earlier or later. And since you have only one empirical value, both options are equally likely.

    Greetings from Germany,