We all feel like we could use more money, but unfortunately, some of our paychecks actually do really suck. For those of us trying to make it as an entry-level employee on a receptionist’s salary, the struggle is all too real. Between living with too many roommates or parents, eating too much pasta, and praying you don’t lose in credit card roulette, making a small paycheck really, truly blows. However, it may not entirely be your fault — new research shows that your sucky paycheck may actually be due to the stage of pregnancy you were born.
If you were a premie at birth, you can officially blame your parents for every single one of your post grad problems. A new study from Reuters Health just showed that low-weight, premature babies were significantly more likely to have lower paychecks than those born on or after their due date. But that’s not all — premies are also more likely to be unemployed and have chronic health problems. Great.
This study has been 30 years in the making and followed a group of prematurely born babies through adulthood. As it turns out, those born prematurely were making an average of $20,000 less per year than the study’s control group that was born on time. And if you think it couldn’t get worse, you’re in for a shock: of the group aged 29-36, only 2% of the full-term individuals had never had sex. But for the premies, that number skyrockets to 20%. Ouch. For your sake, I hope you were born after spending a full 40 weeks in your mother’s womb. Otherwise, if your life sucks, at least take some comfort in knowing it’s not entirely your fault — even through your 30s, your parents will always be there to ruin your life..