We can not always choose when to be parents. They know well who have been trying to get pregnant for more than a year. But if it were possib...

Getting pregnant: The Best Time Of Year For A Baby

We can not always choose when to be parents. They know well who have been trying to get pregnant for more than a year. But if it were possible to decide, which month would be best for conceiving a baby? According to a recent study by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS), summer is the best time to start a pregnancy.

Getting pregnant: The Best Time Of Year For A Baby

The researchers concluded after analyzing several studies involving more than 647,000 mothers. In the research, they observed that babies born during the months of July and August weigh slightly more than those conceived during the rest of the year. The reason is not entirely clear, although the authors of the research believe it may be due to food, which changes throughout the year. "Women who become pregnant tend to gain more weight during pregnancy when it begins in the summer season," said Janet Currie, a researcher at Princeton University and co-author of the study.

It was not the only conclusion reached by the scientists who started this work. According to his observations, children conceived around the month of May are more likely to be born prematurely. Specifically, 10% more possibilities. And the explanation, in this case, is more evident. The gestation that begins in May should conclude in February, which implies that the final phase of pregnancy coincides with the winter months. The time where there is more influenza so that mothers are more exposed to the virus just when the baby is about to be born. Previous studies have already indicated that this disease is one of the leading causes of childbirth.

When are more children born?

Although nothing was known about this study decades ago, the fact is that May was the month in which more Spaniards were born year after year for several decades, which coincides with pregnancies that were born during the month of vacation par excellence: August. 

It happened mostly during the baby boom and also some years later, until the mid-1980s. However, since then our habits have changed because now, although no month stands out in excess over the rest of the year. The highest number births take place in the months of September and October, which means that the greatest number of conceptions occurs at the beginning of the year, in the middle of winter.

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