5 Amazing Facts about Autumn Babies
So you’re having a fall baby or you already have one. Congratulations! Did you know that fall babies are unique in a lot of ways? Neither did I. No matter which data set you look at, September is a popular time to give birth. The newer data shows that 9 of the top 10 days to give birth fall between Sept. 9 and Sept. 20. Given that pregnancies last an average of about 38 weeks, this means many people are conceiving in December, around the holidays.
Whether you're a mom whose due date falls in this window or you celebrate your own birthday in autumn yourself, take a look at this scientifically backed trivia about what this may mean in terms of your health, athletic abilities, how long you'll live, and more.
To start with, an autumn-born child lives longer and has a good chance to live to be 100 or older.
Yes! That’s a fact! Researchers from the University of Chicago cross-reference that data with the birth months and life spans of nearly 12,000 of the centenarians’ siblings and spouses. The majority of those who lived an extra-long life were born between September and November, the researchers reported in the Journal of Aging Research. The researchers hypothesized that is because the abundance of fruits and vegetables during the spring and summer months inspire pregnant women to eat better, resulting in healthier babies.
They excel in academic aspects.
If your bun in the oven stays put until past September 1, that bodes well for him being at the top of his class -- at least compared to those born right before. A study of over 48,000 British kids by the Institute for Fiscal Studies found that kids born in September are 20 percent more likely to get into elite schools like Oxford or Cambridge than those born in August, with summer babies being at the bottom of the class. Yet again, that September 1 cut-off to school entry is probably to blame, giving older students in class like yours the edge.
They have stronger bones which also makes them great athletes.
That same study from Bristol found that kids born late summer or early fall also have thicker bones (by 12.75 square centimeters) than those born at other times. And that's fine, because broken bones, arm casts, and osteoporosis are a drag. I’m not saying you’re birthing or have a superhero… but I don’t know, anything’s possible.
According to the research it also shows that fall babies have an advantage when it comes to athletics. September and November babies are the most fit, with October coming in second. This may be due to the increase in vitamin D, or the fact that older kids may have an edge over their younger counterparts who are in the same grade, but either way, science proved it.
Fall Babies Are Happy Babies
Not only will your child live longer, but she’ll live a longer and happier life at that. According to research reported in TIME, babies born in the fall are overall less depressed and less affected by seasonal changes in mood and behavior. The University of Budapest found that those born in fall season show a significantly lower tendency to depressive temperament than those born in winter. The time of year can affect how much dopamine and serotonin or famously known as happy hormones you have in your brain, which are needed to stabilize moods. While spring-and summer-born babies seem to lack as much as their counterparts born when it’s cold out, which leads to mood swings.
Lastly, Fall babies tend to have more food allergies and more prone to asthma.
Research from US News and World Report shows that babies born in October tend to be predisposed to dust allergies. Even though they may ace in sport matches or score goals galore, an inhaler could be a part of your child's future. A study at Vanderbilt University found that babies born in the fall are 30 percent more likely to have asthma compared to babies born at other times. Researchers theorize that it's because these babies are born right before winter, when colds and viral infections peak and only it's also right during a vulnerable period when babies transition from relying on their mother's immune system to their own, and asthma can take hold.
Autumn season means new allergy triggers. Fall is the time when your child may (again) get a runny or itchy nose or watery eyes. Why?
- Cold weather favors new plants and weeds that release pollen into the air;
- Many Americans are allergic to ragweed. The plant produces pollen from August to November;
- Dust mites and mold can spread around the house if windows are kept closed.
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Caring for your children means taking care of yourself as well. Keep safe and healthy this fall season by making the right food choices and exercising well. That’s the excellent example you can offer to your family. Enjoy the autumn leaves and the pumpkins!
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