Several studies have shown that late pregnancy poses a risk to both the mother and the baby. Some of them know that progressive parental age also poses a risk to infants, such as low birth weight, seizures, and increased premature birth.
The study by the US Stanford University researchers revealed all data on live births in the country between 2007 and 2016: 40 529 905. During this period, the age of the parents increased from 30 to 31.2 years.
Of the total number analyzed, according to G1, 1.2 million children were over 45 years of age. In general, babies were 14% more likely to go to the intensive care unit (ICU) and 18% more likely to have seizures compared with those aged 25 to 34 years.
"We tend to look at maternity factors when we evaluate birth-related risks, but this study shows that a healthy child is a team task and that the father's age also contributes to the baby's health," said urologist Michael Eisenberg, professor at Stanford.
The age of the consumer also affected the baby mothers. Women with partners over the age of 55 were 34% more likely to have gestational diabetes than those with partners aged 25 to 34 years.