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This is what your month of birth tells you about who you are

This is what your month of birth tells you about who you are

When it comes to astrology, opinions are split. Some people are strong believers, others think it’s gibberish. Science hasn’t offered proof for astrology, but it has proven the effect of your birth month. Some scientists say the month of birth affects your personality. 

Many things have an influence on the development of a child in the womb. For instance, it makes sense that a healthy mother is more likely to have a healthy child. If you eat well, with lots of vitamins and protein, it has a positive effect on the unborn child.

But it also works the other way. Seasonal viruses like the flu during the winter, can have an effect on a foetus. During the winter, the days are shorter and there’s less sunshine, which can cause Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This means that the mother’s body has a lower level of serotonin, which in turn effects the unborn child.

After birth

The season of birth doesn’t just affect the child before birth. Research on baby mice has shown that if the little animals spent their first months during the winter, they found it more difficult to get adjusted to the summer light. The winter mice ate less and were a little slower. Mice that were born in the summer months, found it much easier to get adjusted to the winter months. Because scientists were struck by these results, they decided to do more research into the effects of the time of birth. These are the remarkable results.


Children born in March, April and May can take a deep breath. They score highly on the ‘hyperthymia’ scale. The what? Hyperthymia means you have a very optimistic personality. Doesn’t sound like you? Perhaps you tend to find the positive in the negative. Still doesn’t sound like you? Some children who are born during these months, are also susceptible for the exact opposite: clinical depression. Babies born in May are most likely to get depressed, according to British research from 2012. November babies are the least likely to get depressed.


As explained above, summer babies aren’t likely to get SAD symptoms. Children born in June, July and August can have the same hyperthymia traits as spring babies, but combined with changing moods: they have extreme highs and extreme lows.


The long nights and seasonal viruses haven’t really kicked in during the autumn months, and that’s why babies born in autumn are the most stable personalities. It seems they are the least likely to become bipolar. A downside for autumn children is that they tend to get annoyed more easily.


As you might have expected, the seasonal effect is strongest on winter babies. It seems that children born in the winter months are most likely to have schizophrenia, bipolar features, SAD and depression. Not a fortifying list. The good thing, though, is that winter babies don’t get annoyed as easily as autumn kids. And children born in January and February are said to be more creative.

Of course, it’s not all set in stone – more research needs to be done on the effects of the birth month.

Photo: Gabby Orcutt

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