Several studies have shown that late pregnancy carries risks for both mother and baby. What you know is that an advanced age also poses risks to babies, such as low birth weight, seizures, and increased premature birth.
The study conducted by researchers at Stanford University in the United States found all records of live births in the country between 2007 and 2016: 40,529,905. In the period, the infancy rate increased from 30 to 31.2 years.
Of the total analyzed, according to G1, 1.2 million children had parents over 45 years of age. Infants in this universe, compared with children aged 25 to 34 years, had a 14% higher chances of getting into the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 18% more likely to have a seizure.
"We are trying to look at mother's factors when assessing birth-related risks, but this study shows that a healthy child is a team task and the age of a father also contributes to the health of babies," said urologist Michael Eisenberg, Professor Stanford.
The mother's baby also affected the baby's mother. Women with partners aged 55 years had a 34% higher chance of developing gestational diabetes compared to those who had partners between 25 and 34 years of age.