When it comes to timing the arrival of your baby, it seems as though people fall into two camps: those who play it by ear and try to get pregnant whenever, and those who count backwards from when they want to give birth and try to time it that way. There are definitely benefits to both ways! It's sort of fun to do the whole wait and see thing, and then plan once you get that positive test. But, some people aren't really the wait and see type. In fact, for some people, timing the arrival of a baby requires just as much planning as deciding to have a baby in the first place. A new study shows that some women are more likely to time their pregnancy so their first baby arrives in the spring, and there are a lot of reasons that factor into their plans.
Researchers at the University of Exeter Business School in the UK found that American moms in the United States are more likely to try to time the arrival of their first baby in the spring. The prevalence of planned spring babies is tied to marital status, the mother's age, her level of education, and whether or not she's a smoker, according to the study.
Researchers reached this conclusion using data from birth certificates, US census data, and a series of surveys completed by mothers. They also found that if it were possible to pay to guarantee a spring baby, married women between the ages of 20-45 would be willing to pay an average of $877 to do so.
But women aren't clamoring for spring babies just because the weather is nicer. The health of mom and baby are one of the most prevalent reasons; spring and summer months are the furthest away from peak cold and flu season, so new moms don't have to worry as much about their vulnerable little babies getting sick.
In addition to health, women in certain occupations aim for spring babies in order to make the most of their maternity leave at work. Teachers, library workers, and those who work in the training sector are more likely to have babies in the spring so they can stretch their maternity leave into their summer vacation, and be able to spend more time with their new babies.