Unless you’ve been living under a sound-proofed rock for the past few weeks, you will have noticed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child.
Number one, Kate was once again floored by hyperemesis gravidarum .
Number two, the baby is due in April.
Whether this was planned and the couple aimed for a spring baby, we’ll obviously never know.
But, believe it or not, a baby’s due date does apparently matter.
We know September 26 is the most popular day of the year to be born, possibly because parents want to make sure their child’s birthday falls early in the school year, to avoid them being one of the youngest or smallest.
What also characterises autumn babies, the Telegraph reports, is not just their academic advantage, but also their sporting prowess and the fact they’re more likely to reach their 100th birthday, apparently.
And what of spring babies?
Well, it’s a mixed bag according to the Telegraph.
An April baby, they explain some studies suggest, is more susceptible to alcohol abuse, autism, bipolar, eating disorders and glaucoma.
That said, they may also have a sunnier disposition and be less likely to suffer mental illness.
Of course, parents will find out for themselves what the pros and cons are to when their baby is born, as well as challenges unique to them and their family.
Winter babies mean you spend more time cooped up inside, perhaps. Autumn babies also mean you’re heavily pregnant over the hottest months of the year.
And besides, planning these things is often something you have little control over.