Attention all parents-to-be: If you don’t want your kids to have celiac disease, do not have sex in the fall and winter.
Who knew it could be so simple??
Here’s the theory, as pointed out in the New York Times a few days ago:
Babies usually begin eating foods containing gluten around 6 months of age, so those born in the warmer months would initially be exposed to gluten in the winter, when infections like cold and flu are common. Could early exposure to viral infections play a role in the autoimmune response to gluten?
For now that remains speculation. But at least three studies have backed the seasonal hypothesis.
I was born in June; therefore conceived in September (and yes I had to use my fingers to count back the nine months).
I have three older brothers, none of them born in the spring/summer months (I’m pretty confident my parents only had sex those four times).
Alas, I was the only one inflicted with celiac disease.
If that’s not proof, I don’t know what is.
So for all those newlyweds out there, hold off on those desires until the winter passes.
As your future child is enjoying a slice of pizza and a 90 minute IPA, he’ll be so ever grateful.