Choosing when you conceive a baby is something that’s ultimately out of our control.
That said, many couples trying to get pregnant will have an idea of when, ideally, they’d like their child to be born.
Do you aim for autumn, to avoid your little being one of the youngest in their school year? It can make a huge difference – especially when a child first starts school.
If you aim for autumn, however, do you want to be heavily pregnant over the hot summer months?
While there’s little you can do to dictate when you conceive, the month of conception does make a difference to the foetus – and there is a “best” time to get pregnant.
According to authors Janet Currie and Hannes Schwandt’s report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , babies conceived in May are 10 percent more likely to be born prematurely.
A baby conceived between June and August will be among the biggest, weighing an extra eight or nine grams on average.
Currie and Schwandt’s findings may be linked to the fact that babies conceived in May are more likely to be near the end of their gestation during cold and flu season in January and February.
Mums who conceive during the summer months have larger babies, and put more weight on themselves.
The study looked at 647,050 groups of siblings, which made a total of 1.4 million children.
The children who participated were compared to their siblings, as this meant factors such as maternal education and economic status were constant.
Based on their findings, the results showed that June to August is apparently the best time to get pregnant.
But as mentioned, it’s really out of our control – and any month is a good month when it comes to such happy news.