What Science Says About Babies Born In April

Whether you follow horoscopes religiously, think they're a silly waste of time, or only choose to believe them when they say something good, the season in which you were born may actually affect your health and personality.

The environment in which babies gestate and are born has a significant impact on their development. This includes the time of year, as a 2009 study published in the American Journal of Human Biology discovered. Researchers found a significant connection between the season in which babies were born and their birth weight, development, and longevity.

Your mood may also be affected by the season in which you were born, according to a 2001 study published in Neuropsychobiology. Researchers found that those born between February and April were more likely to pursue new experiences and engage in thrill-seeking behaviors.

April babies, in particular, may exhibit a number of interesting personality traits as well as health issues that may be linked to the time of year in which they were born (via Happiest Baby).

Potential personality traits and health risks

Professor Eduard Vieta of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology told Science Daily, "Seasons affect our mood and behavior. Even the season at our birth may influence our subsequent risk for developing certain medical conditions, including some mental disorders."

Babies born in April, for example, may be more likely to have an optimistic outlook on life, notes Science Daily. While positive attitudes may be more common in those born in spring and summer, an April baby may also have a potentially higher risk for developing certain diseases.

Heart attacks are more common in the winter months thanks to the fact that cold weather causes your blood vessels to constrict which increases your risk of having a cardiovascular incident (via American Heart Association). According to research described in The Atlantic, those born in April and other warm weather months may be especially susceptible to this type of heart attack. Researchers reported that the more warm days you spent in utero, the higher your chances were of dying from a cold weather-induced heart attack.

While it's true that our temperament and health may be affected by the season in which we were born, the choices we make in regards to our diet, exercise, and outlook on life are what make the biggest difference at the end of the day.