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Want A Baby Who’s Good At Sports? Just Conceive Like, Now

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There are helicopter parents, and then there are parents who will do anything to see their child go to college on a sports scholarship.

You know the kind: they wake their kids up at 5am for practice for their travel league, they drive four hours for a one hour game, and they are always, always, always yelling on the sidelines pretending they’re the coach (sometimes, in really bad situations, they actually are).

Want A Baby Who s Good At Sports  Just Conceive Like  Now shutterstock 230374156 640x833 jpgWhile it’s not uncommon for parents to want their kids to be good at sports, but some people take it to a whole other level. And now, there might even be a way to make your baby a super athlete from conception. A new study published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that by conceiving a baby during the second half of winter, your child could have an advantage in the athletics department.

I’m trying—as I imagine you all must be—to count backwards nine months from my birthday. Counting backwards is hard, but it seems that my September 27th birthday lends me a December or January-made baby, which is super gross to think about, but, SCORE. That little detail might just account for my marathon habit!

The research, led by Dr. Gavin Sandercock, a clinical physiologist at the University of Essex, tested nearly 9,000 boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 16 on their strength, stamina and cardiovascular fitness. According to the study, kids born in October and November performed slightly better than the other kids–meaning, nine months prior, er, late winter, might be the best time to conceive the next Michael Phelps.

The study was designed mostly to test whether birth month affects athleticism beyond actual age (like determining whether a 13-year-old would be better at soccer than a 12-year-old), since youth sports leagues age groupings could lend advantages for some kids.

So, how the heck does your birth month affect how good you are at kicking a soccer ball? Well, researchers think it may be because the mothers of babies born during these months have more exposure to Vitamin D as their due date gets closer, thanks to summer. Vitamin D apparently has super utero health benefits and is a stimulus for bone and muscle growth, hence, super children!

While Sandercock says, yes, babies born in the Northern Hemisphere during the autumn “Tend to have slightly bigger bone and muscle mass,” your birth month doesn’t automatically mean you’ll even like sports. And once you get to the pros, things get so competitive that any early advantages of when you were born become nearly obsolete.

Other big factors, like, um, genetics, practice, training, and dedication kind of take the cake on this one.

Even so, conceiving now probably wouldn’t hurt. Plus, that means you can have sex now!

However, it also means you’ll get pregnant now, which is something I’m going to stay far, far away from.

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