Summer Babies are Healthier Adults, Study Says

CNN/ Newswire | 10/13/2015, 8:48 a.m.
Want to have a healthier and taller baby? You may want to aim for having a child in the summer ...
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Researchers aren't entirely sure what is making summer the better season for healthy birth. Perry and his team thought it might have something to do with sunlight.

"You'll notice these optimum months coincide with when we have the most sunlight in the UK," Perry said. When women are exposed to more sunlight in the second trimester of pregnancy they get a higher dose of vitamin D. A vitamin D deficiency has been associated with bone problems for children and for other health concerns, such as rickets. The study does not directly measure the maternal/fetal vitamin D status so the researchers would like to do further research on the topic, but it is an "interesting result," Perry said, and an "interesting idea."

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Keep in mind, Perry said, your birth month is one of many factors that affect your health later in life.

"There are hundreds of factors that determine your future health and there are millions of things that influence birth weight [and] height. This is one incremental factor of many that contribute to this," Perry said. "Keep in mind it is complicated, but it is an interesting piece of the jigsaw puzzle of biology."

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