If you were to ask me, the best season to be blessed with a newborn baby is ANY season. Although, when looking through the lens of health risks, research reveals that some birth months may be better than others.
I find it quite interesting that researchers have found links between many health conditions and the season in which one was born. Scientists from Columbia University Medical Center studied birth and disease incidence in 1.7 million individuals and mapped the results on an infographic which can be found here. Is there really a best season to have a baby?
It seems there may be a few factors at play—maternal vitamin D levels, dietary changes, weather patterns, and environmental exposures (among many other potential unknowns).
Here’s Some Scoop About The Best Season To Have A Baby:
Infants born in April and May are at increased risk for Multiple Sclerosis, Schizophrenia, and Type I Diabetes. They may also have an increased risk of leukemia. Studies out of Austria and Denmark have found longevity to be associated with a spring birthday.
Babes with summer birthdays often have higher birth weights (8 grams more on average) and are taller. They also tend to have later onset of puberty. Being born in the summer may increase the likelihood that you will be nearsighted.
Fall babies have reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, yet an increased risk for food allergies. Being born in November poses a slightly increased risk of developing ADHD. A September birthday may increase the risk of asthma.
Premature birth is more likely for infants born in the winter, and overall gestation during the winter chill is a week less than average.
The Best Season To Have A Baby Is The Season Your Baby Is Born!
Before panicking about your birth month (or your child’s)—and please don’t!—keep in mind that there are an unbelievable amount of factors at play when considering one’s disease risk. The power of a nutrient-dense diet, quality sleep, and low stress levels cannot be underestimated.
I do wonder how we can put this information to use for improving health outcomes. Perhaps more screening for adequate vitamin D levels? Personalized nutrition and health recommendations dependent on a baby’s estimate arrival date? Gene and environmental mapping to reduce disease risk? So far it seems researchers do not yet have clear answers.