9 fun facts about babies born in October

Ahh, October—the month of Halloween, football, pumpkin spice and all things nice. That includes some pretty athletic and awesome people. (Yep, it’s true.) Here are nine interesting facts that you need to know about October babies.

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They’re more likely to be athletic

Time to invest in a toy football. Research suggests that October babies are more physically fit and athletic than those born in other months. A study published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine tested the strength, stamina and cardiovascular fitness of 9,000 kids between 10 and 16 years old and found that those born in October and November performed significantly better than their peers. One possible explanation? More sunshine and vitamin D for moms-to-be means stronger bones and muscles for their babies.

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They’re probably not born on Halloween

It turns out that fewer women go into labor and give birth on Halloween than other days in the month, according to a study conducted by researchers at the Yale University School of Public Health. Scientists hypothesized that the reason is because the day’s spooky associations subconsciously put women off giving birth. (Fun fact: Valentine’s Day has an increase in birth rates.)

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They have two birthstones (opal and tourmaline)

And both are straight-up magical. But if opal isn’t your birthstone, then you may want to stay away—they’re said to be bad luck if worn by those not born in October. (You know, if you believe in that stuff.)

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Their birth flower is the cosmos

These pretty jewel-toned flowers symbolize peace and serenity. (No promises that your October tot won’t cry in the middle of the night though.)

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Their birth flower is the cosmos

These pretty jewel-toned flowers symbolize peace and serenity. (No promises that your October tot won’t cry in the middle of the night though.)

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More presidents were born in October than any other month

Want your October baby to be a commander in chief? It’s not impossible. More American presidents have celebrated their birthday in the month of October than any other month. That includes Adams, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Hayes and Carter.

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They’re in good company

But October birthdays aren’t just for presidents. There are some pretty cool people born in October including Julia Roberts (October 28), Matt Damon (October 8), Kate Winslet (October 5) and Bruno Mars (October 8).

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They’re less likely to have cardiovascular disease

According to a study by Columbia University Medical Center, people born in September, October and November are less likely to experience cardiovascular disease. Which leads us to our next point ... 

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They’re more likely to live to 100 

Research from the University of Chicago found that those born in the autumn months were more likely to live to the age of 100. One possible explanation is because they were not exposed to the seasonal infections or seasonal vitamin deficiency early in life that can cause long-lasting damage to a person’s health. So, congrats October babies -- here’s to many more birthdays to come.

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