When we talk about the best age to conceive or have children, we usually focus on the age of the mother, because in biological terms, women have only a certain number of recommended years to conceive and give birth to a child in favorable conditions. But what about the age of the father? A recent study has found that it also matters because those men who have a baby after the age of 45 could negatively affect the health of both the mother and the baby.
Conducted by Stanford University School of Medicine, the study gathered data on more than 40 million births between 2007 and 2016. According to the results, babies conceived by fathers over the age of 45 are more likely to born premature and present risks or complications during delivery, such as underweight.
But the age of the future father not only affects the baby but also might alter the mother’s health, increasing the likelihood that she will develop diabetes during pregnancy.
Delaying Fatherhood Might Cause Health Problems For Both Mothers and Babies
According to their research, the scientists revealed that men who were older than 45 were 14% more likely to have a premature baby, compared to younger parents who were in the 25-34 range. It was also found that men of over 50 years of age would have a risk of about 30% of parenting a baby who needs to stay in the neonatal intensive care unit.
On the other hand, regarding the health of the mothers, it was found that those who expected a child with men older than 45 years would have a 38% greater probability of developing gestational diabetes, compared to those women who had children with younger fathers.
The researchers conclude that delaying fatherhood might trigger adverse effects in both mothers and babies. This data is essential and at the same time something that must be taken into account, because as the researchers have mentioned on many occasions, both men and women wait longer and longer to have children, for various reasons.