Good news for summer babies: A new study published in a journal called Heliyon says girls born in June, July and August are more likely to have a higher birth weight and be taller and healthier as adults. According to the study, these babies benefited from more exposure to the vitamin D in sunlight during their final trimester and early life, which helped in their development. These girls were also more likely to have their first period later.
It’s important to know that this study took place in the UK, where sun dwindles in the wintertime. Vitamin D exposure seems to be the factor here that contributes to healthy babies, so as long as you can sun your tummy it doesn’t matter if that sun comes in the winter or in the summer.
Winter-born babies (December, January and February) trended the opposite direction. All is not lost if you weren’t born in the summer though. As this study reports, fall babies are more likely “to continue in education after 16 years… or to attain a degree-level qualification.” The study justifies this inclination toward book learning by saying that babies born in August and September reach school age sooner than their winter-born peers.
Shakespeare once said that “some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Take Bill’s words to heart and try to live your life the fullest regardless of how much sun you got as a baby. You might be surprised at the results!
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