As soon as the pregnancy test shows you two lines, one of the first things you will do is count nine months forward to find out your baby's birth month. Then you will read up on your child's potential zodiac sign, even though you know that shaping your baby's values and attitudes fall on how you raise him or her.
Still, it's fun (or panic-inducing) to read the clues your baby's birth month can provide when it comes to his personality, health, and future career. In fact, there have been studies about it! Here are the most notable ones:
Hmm, babies born September are said to be more successful. The study says success may lie in babies born at the beginning of school year, which is September in the U.S. and the U.K. They are supposedly ahead of their peers in cognitive development. Their confidence also put them at an advantage in sports.
A baby who grows up to have a sunny personality was born in... Well, research says individuals born in the spring and summer months (from March up to August) tend to have an "excessively positive attitude." People born in winter months (December, January, February) are less likely to have an irritable temperament. Should we be surprised that those born in the fall/autumn months (September, October, November) are likely to have a depressive mood?
Maybe it is true what they say about being an autumn baby Are you more prone to have a breathing or heart problem? A study claims that October and November babies are more prone to develop respiratory, reproductive, and neurological illnesses. People born in January to June, on the other hand, have a higher risk for a cardiovascular disease. But your baby's heart is most likely to be in the pink of health if you birthed them in September to December. We say take this with a grain of salt.
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Being a summer baby doesn't assure you of a sunny disposition, after all Spring babies (March, April, May) are the most prone to depression. Summer babies (June, July, August) are said to be most likely to have bipolar disorder. People born during the winter months are the most susceptible to mental health issues, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. The most healthy-minded people individuals are those born in the fall/autumn months, which makes us scratch our heads since one study said they are more prone to depression.
Your baby's birth month may suggest the career he is destined for Russell Foster, an Oxford University neuroscientist, was involved in a 2011 study that sought correlations between months and an individual's profession. The study's results claimed December-born babies are likely to become a dentist, and January babies are likely to become debt collectors. February babies tend to be artists while babies born in March tend to like flying planes. The study only considered 19 professions.
Another study in 2010 found that babies born in January are more likely to succeed in sports. "If you were born in January, you have almost 12 months' growth ahead of your classmates born late in the year," said Dr. Adrian Barnett of Queensland University of Technology's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation. It kind of makes sense until you find out the study only looked at data on football players and not other athletes.
If you want your baby to be famous, target your due date in January or February, according to an admittedly small 2015 study of 300 celebrities. It explained that January and February had been associated with creativity and imaginative problem-solving.
As Foster points out to The Telegraph, "It seems absurd the month in which you are born can affect life chances." But, he adds, "How long you live, how tall you are, how well you do at school, your body mass index as an adult, your morning-versus-evening preference and how likely you are to develop a range of diseases are all correlated to some extent with the time of year in which you emerge from the womb."
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Remember these studies are inconclusive. We'd like to think it's not the birth month per se that dictates your baby's personality, health, or his future. You have the parents' genes to account for, and ultimately, it's all about how you nurture your baby. And if your December baby wants to be a dentist, then at least you know the stars are at least already aligned.