July 9, 2013 | Corrinne

statistical analysis of US mothers-to-be shows that babies conceived in May are around 10% more likely to be born a few days prematurely.

Why would that be? Well, there could be a link to influenza May-conceived babies reach late gestation at the height of the US flu season. Flu may, scientists suggest, trigger a slightly early labour.

It's an interesting finding, but I don't think parents should worry too much about the date of conception. Taking good care of your health during pregnancy is far more important.

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Seasonal differences do affect birth weight, say researchers.

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