Most expecting parents may worry about what health problems can be caused if their bundle of joy is born later than expected, well now it seems parents to be may not need to worry so much as latest research suggest that children born a number of days after their due date can be significantly more intelligent than those who arrive on their expected birth date.
According to a study conducted by the University of Florida babies who spend a few more days in the womb are far more likely to be highly intelligent later in life.
Leading researcher Jeffrey Roth at University of Florida says babies born at late at 41 weeks will be more likely to be gifted and experience an easier learning process during their school years than babies born at 40 weeks.
Although there maybe still some cause for concern as the research also revealed that babies born later than expected have a higher chance of developing a physical disability than those born earlier.
Prof Roth said: “What our findings suggest is that while 40 weeks remains the safest time for most babies to be delivered, in uncomplicated pregnancies, going another week seems to have beneficial effects on later performance in school.”
The University say their findings were concluded after researchers studied 1.5 million Florida birth records between 1994 and 2002.