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Babies Born in Winter Not As Smart

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A new study gave us the chills.


Were your kids born between the months of January and March? If so, recent research predicts your child may be less intelligent and less healthy than babies born in the spring, summer, or fall. Huh?

Babies born in the winter are more likely to have mothers who are unmarried teens and who never graduated high school, or so says Kasey Buckles and Daniel Hungerman, the scientists behind the study.

Ultimately, they say, it all comes down to socioeconomic status. And air-conditioning. Since heat lowers the fertility of sperm and lower income families are less likely to have air-conditioning, conception usually happens when the weather cools down in spring.

Should we be freaking if our kids were born in winter? No, says Hungerman, a Ph.D. (incidentally, he was born in February). "When you have the kid may not matter as much as people thought," he says.

Also examined in the study is the fact that surveys report women think winter is the least desirable season to give birth. Buckles and Hungerman theorize that those who are better educated and wealthier time their births to more desirable seasons.

women who give birth during the winter months tend to have fewer means

Do you think this study is accurate or a load of baloney?

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