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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

More Babies Are Born In August. See Why

 You know, I think alot, asking myself questions and finding answers to them. Today the thought crossed my mind.. "What part of the year do we have more birthdays?" and of course the answer to that would link to... "What part of the year do couples have sex the most?".

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 Of course sex is a major factor to child birth (as other means have now been found too) and so would not be left out in this discussion. Well my thoughts were this. I do think the weather plays a role in the frequency of copulation. As the colder it gets the more chances of couples to cling unto each other, take winter for example, this comes around the end of the year and also falls on vacation... I don not have to explain all that actually, let's hear from the professionals.

 T.J. Mathews, a demographer at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, said that while August sometimes has the highest number, in other years it's July or September.

 August had the most births each year from 1990 to 2006 except for six years (1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2003 and 2004) when it was edged out by July, according to National Center for Health Statistics.

 Historically, the sweltering, late-summer months are when obstetricians witness an increase in the arrival of newborns.

 "It must have something to do with the time of conception and whether there are timing issues with the outcome of pregnancy, besides just a live birth," Mathews told LifesLittleMysteries.

Why August?
 Seasons and weather conditions play a role in birthdays, according to Paul Sutton, another CDC health statistics demographer. He theorizes that as the mercury drops in the late fall and winter, things heat up at home as people spend more time indoors. About nine months later, a summer baby is born.
 The most common day of the week to deliver in 2006 in the United States was Wednesday, stealing the No. 1 spot from Tuesday, which had been the most common birth day since 1990, according to the CDC.

 Worldwide birthing statistics vary with the climates and cultural factors that influence the timing of conceptions and births in other countries. For example, a study conducted by the University of Occupational and Environmental Health in Kitakyushu City, Japan, noted that Japan experiences two peaks in birth rates throughout the year one lasting from December to February, and the other in August and September. The researchers speculated that the popularity of springtime marriages in Japan and seasonal temperature variations both may play a role in the timing of these peaks.

Source: Lifescience

 Haha! Interesting, so I thought right after all. Now you understand when that couple says on a cold winter evening "weather for two"
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