If you’re planning on getting pregnant, a new study suggests timing your due date to fit in with the summer season – for a healthier, stronger baby.
Recent research, conducted by the Cambridge University, has revealed that babies born in sunnier months grow up to be more physically robust than other adults. The study involved nearly half a million participants and found that summer-born babies were slightly heavier at birth, taller as adults, and entered puberty later than those born in winter.
Dr. Ken Ong, paediatrician at the University of Cambridge MRC Epidemiology Unit and co-author of the study, explains that the suspected link between the particular season birth occurs and physical wellbeing during adulthood is the amount of vitamin D generated by the mothers, which is directly affected by how much sunlight they get during pregnancy – presumably the latter part of the gestational period, specifically, to ensure a summer birth, too.
Which means those slotting a moment of conception into their calendars should get to work around November.
So, like, now.
However, don’t let panic determine this special time; instead, Ong has another suggestion. “Pregnant and breastfeeding women are advised to take a small vitamin D supplement — 400 international units — and we encourage better awareness of and compliance with that advice,” he says. Some experts believe that supplements could work as well as sunlight — so you can be a little more spontaneous with your babymaking efforts. Or as spontaneous as you can get within that ridiculously teensy fertile window.
But in this case, a little practice ain’t a bad thing, right…?