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Spring Babies: The Season of Sunshine and Smiles

Spring Babies: The Season of Sunshine and Smiles

September 1, 2023
Dr. Lana du Plessis
September 1, 2023
Dr. Lana du Plessis

Have you ever wondered if the season you’re born in has any impact on who you are and how you feel?

Over the years, many studies have discovered intriguing connections between a child’s birth season, career choices, personality traits, and health. The influence of environmental factors during pregnancy and early childhood on one’s life appears to extend beyond just the moment of birth.

In this article, we’ll explore:

  • The impact of the birth season on various aspects of life.
  • The effects of sunshine, allergies, mental health,
  • Career path choices.

Let’s find out more about the birth season and your baby.

The Sunshine Effect

The sunshine effect is a natural phenomenon. If you’ve ever encountered a spring newborn radiating boundless cheerfulness, you can likely attribute their sunny disposition to the season of their birth. Spring-born individuals often find themselves wired for a lifetime of optimism and happiness.

Furthermore, they tend to experience fewer long-term mental health issues and exhibit a greater degree of imagination. Interestingly, attention deficit disorder is less prevalent among spring babies.

Birth Season & Allergies

Surprisingly, research indicates that fall and winter newborns face a higher risk of developing allergies, hay fever, asthma, and eczema when compared to their spring-born counterparts.

On the other hand, spring babies enjoy a lower likelihood of allergies. Still, they do face a reduced risk of respiratory infections.

Though the exact causes remain elusive, environmental influences across seasons are believed to play a pivotal role in a child’s future health and well-being.

Heart Matters & Spring Babies

While spring babies might experience fewer allergies and colds, they are more likely to encounter heart-related issues, including heart disease.

The silver lining, however, is that most cardiac conditions can be effectively managed through lifestyle adjustments such as regular exercise and a balanced diet.

Anorexia & Hashimoto’s Connection

Research suggests that Anorexia and Hashimoto’s are more likely to develop in spring newborns. The factors contributing to this phenomenon remain uncertain but include considerations such as maternal vitamin D levels, climatic variations, prenatal illnesses, and nutritional preferences.

Spring babies also exhibit an elevated risk of developing Hashimoto’s disease. This autoimmune condition leads to chronic inflammation and thyroid gland dysfunction but can be treated.

Multiple Sclerosis and Autoimmune Links

Spring-born individuals also face a higher incidence of multiple sclerosis, a degenerative autoimmune condition that affects the nervous system. Some theories suggest that low vitamin D levels and limited maternal sun exposure during pregnancy may contribute to the development of autoimmune illnesses.

Bedtime Variations

Research findings indicate that babies born in Spring and summer tend to have later bedtimes compared to their autumn and winter-born counterparts.

Interestingly, girls generally exhibit earlier bedtimes, regardless of their birth season. This suggests that parents of spring and summer babies may encounter more restless nights.

Career Paths

Intriguingly, studies have found a correlation between birth season and career paths. CEOs and pilots are more likely to be born in the Spring, highlighting the multifaceted impact of seasonality on various aspects of life.

Epigenetics and Birth Season

The question arises: To what extent does our health and identity at birth depend on epigenetic alterations that occur during prenatal development? As discussed in our previous article on epigenetics and maternal health (1-4), the answer appears to be a resounding yes.

The interplay between weather, illnesses, dietary practices, stress, and maternal health during pregnancy collectively shapes the character and health of individuals born in different seasons. Birth season, it seems, leaves a lasting imprint on our lives, influencing our health and personality traits in multifaceted ways.

In Conclusion

Interestingly, it seems that your birth season has a vast influence on your life, your career choices, and your personality. Spring babies seem to be more cheerful people who are multi-talented.

Spring babies don’t suffer as severely from allergies and respiratory issues. However, they seem more predisposed to other conditions, including cardiac disorders, Anorexia, and Hashimoto’s.

Spring is the season of new life, and we can’t wait to see what it has in store for us.


References

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