Study: Conceiving in Summer Lowers Baby's Future Test Scores
"If you follow astrology, the month when you are born says a lot about your personality, temperament and chances for love. Now, a group of researchers have found that the time of year a child is conceived may affect his or her future academic performance. Dr. Paul Winchester, a neonatologist at the Indiana University School of Medicine and director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis, studied the test scores of 1,667,391 Indiana students in grades 3 through 10.
Looking at the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress (ISTEP) exam, Winchester and his researchers found scores for math and language were clearly seasonal, with the lowest scores going to children conceived in June through August... How could a baby conceived in the long days of summer test so differently? Researchers reasoned that the culprit is the more than one billion pounds of pesticides used annually in the U.S.
... 'We actually found that every single birth defect category had a greater risk between April and July,' Winchester said. 'It suggests that with seasonal factors, something is conferring increased risk'..."
A couple more links, these from the horse's mouth...Conception Date Affects Baby's Future Academic AchievementPremature Births May be Linked to Seasonal Levels of Pesticides and Nitrates in Surface Water