The idea that a person’s life is already determined for them before they are born is one that is hotly argued. Those that believe in astrology and predestination are subject to claims that their beliefs are pseudoscientific myths. Beyond all of the conjecture, what if science could prove that the month a baby is born in has implications about the rest of his or her life? In some ways, the results of a few different scientific studies paint a very interesting picture for babies born in March.

Higher rates of depression

Babies born in March are more likely to suffer from depression as they grow older and the reasoning behind this is not as strange as it may sound. In the winter months, the sun sets early in the day, so there are fewer hours of daylight during the winter than at other times of the year. The winter equinox, which is the day with the least daylight of the entire year, happens on March 21st. In many areas of the world, the winter season, including March, is also a time characterized by cloudy weather and plenty of precipitation in the forms of both rain and snow. 

What does the sun have to do with depression? There are two very important factors. Many people experience a form of seasonal depression that is brought about by a lack of sunlight. Light makes people feel happier and more optimistic. Several days of dreary, darker surroundings can have a depressing effect. It is not uncommon for people in places like Alaska and Seattle, where there are long periods of little sunlight, to be prescribed light boxes. These boxes can be shone in their homes to mimic natural sunlight.

A lack of sunlight does not look as cheerful, and it deprives the body of nutrients that help the brain to feel cheerful on a chemical level. Humans are able to produce vitamin D when the ultraviolet light from the sun hits the skin. Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to depression, and a lack of vitamin D causes plenty of developmental issues. When a baby is born in March, that means the last three months of the growing process happened in the three months with the least sunlight. The baby is very likely to be deficient in vitamin D at birth, and it is quite likely that the mother was deficient in vitamin D during the pregnancy.

If the deficiency is not corrected with proper nutrition or taking vitamin supplements, the child will grow up with susceptibility to depression. When environmental and genetic factors are combined with the deficiency, March babies are very likely to experience depression at some point in their lives. Considering the fact that depression is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental health disorders in America, there are plenty of other depression risk factors that a baby born in March could have.

A propensity toward being pilots?

In 2011, there was a study conducted in the United Kingdom. In the study, 19 professions, including pilots, dentists, and debt collectors were analyzed. Among each profession, the birth months of people already working in the field were compared. An unusually high number of pilots were all born in March. For each profession in the study, there was one birth month that was more common than any of the others. While this information is certainly interesting, the scientists who conducted the study were not able to establish any correlation between why people in certain professions tend to be born in the same month.

So, take this information with a grain of salt. Nurture your March babies and make sure they get the most love and care!