Planning Your Baby’s Birth Month
Planning for which month to have a baby isn’t exactly a fool-proof science, but it can give mothers more control over when they give birth. Some parents prefer to decide when their babies will be born based on certain factors, such as weather, life circumstances, or how old their child will be in their class.
McKenna Bullock, a Medical Assistant at a Women’s Clinic, says, “A lot of the nurses at the clinic think summer is the best time to have a baby, because there’s less sickness. Some mothers don’t want to have babies in the winter, because of the risk of exposure to RSV sicknesses.”
Factors such as parental involvement with a child’s education play a much bigger role in how successful a child is than simply the month he or she is born in.
The weather around the time your child is born can definitely have consequences, good and bad. If your third trimester has ever coincided with hot summer months, then you probably see why some women would want to avoid conceiving their baby in the winter. New mom, Katrina Harwood, said she felt the effects of being heavily pregnant in the summer: “It was definitely very uncomfortable! There were moments when I wished I’d waited a little longer to conceive, so that those final weeks of pregnancy weren’t so tough to endure!”
Education can also be a determining factor in when parents choose to conceive. Though cut-off dates for the school year vary according to the state, typically they fall somewhere in the last week of August or first week of September. Some parents see advantages to their child being one of the oldest in their grade, as they have a few extra months of life experience before starting school.
I personally didn’t feel that a child’s age within their grade made much of a difference, as I was one of the youngest in my grade, and I always succeeded academically. But apparently some studies have proven me wrong! I found an interesting article by Freakonomics that discusses why babies born in the summer may be at a disadvantage, compared to their older peers. According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, “summer babies are between 20 and 30 percentage points (2.5 – 3.5 times) more likely to be considered below average by their teachers by age 7, and are 7 percentage points (2.5 times) more likely to report being always unhappy at school. They are also 6 percentage points (twice as likely) to report bullying, perhaps because of their smaller physical size.”