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Considering Becoming a Dad after 50? 5 Risks

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While the prospect of becoming a dad at 50 can be as exciting as at 30, it can have its share of complications or risks.

According to researchers at the University of California, sperm count decreases with age and sperm tends to get sluggish and lose their ability to approach an egg. Other research in the UK and the US has found that sperm quality can deteriorate as men get older. The DNA may start to unravel and the sperm may lose its ability to fertilize an egg. Even if fertilized, the embryo may fail to implant in the womb or the woman may miscarry. According to the Fertility Society of Australia, one in six older dads has trouble getting his wife to conceive.

Several genetic conditions also have been linked to older dads, such as schizophrenia and achondroplasia dwarfism. Studies show that men in their 40s run a five times greater risk of fathering children with autism, and men in their 50s face more than nine times the risk. According to Dr Natalia Gavrilova from the University of Chicago's Centre on Ageing, what is more worrying is that new research has found that paternal parental age can affect the lifespan of daughters.

One research, published in the journal, Epidemiology, has found that the babies of older dads tend to be less robust immediately after birth compared to those fathered by younger men. The journal also reports that new fathers in their 40s and 50s are slightly more likely to have an infant with a low Apgar score than fathers in their 20s.

Apart from risking birth related complications, older dads need to be aware of the fact that by the time their kids are ready to play football, they might not even be in a position to accompany them to a game. They might lack the physical stamina to do many of the things that younger dads do with their kids.

If older dads have built a strong financial base in their younger days, they wouldn't need to worry about saving for college. However, they would need to worry if they are depending on their social security to provide for them in their old age.

Older dads need to be aware of the fact that there is a greater possibility, after age 50, of developing health related complications, even leading to premature death. They, therefore, need to ensure that their kids will be taken care of even after they are gone.
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By Danny,   From Oregon City
I waited until I was older to think about have a child my girl friend is 20 and I'm 58 years old our child is planed and we are very excited and looking forward to our baby's birth. I will be the best dad in the world and my dad and mom had me when she was 15 and he was 18 he was never around so I say have your baby's when you are ready and the world can just butt out.

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By George,   From Atlanta
Thx to all those who understand that being an older parent is not child abuse. I am 56 and expecting my second ( first and only child is 4yrs). I just started late but I am so calm and giving and sweet now, and most importantly now have the skills to stay married and keep the family together. One question.. Do you really think a child who had real, mature, quality, love for 20 yrs from both stable parents, would wish she was never born because they died before she was 30 something?

By Dean,   From Choctaw
Im about to turn 54 my wife is 35 an 5 weeks pregnent. we already have a 5 year old he was planned this one snuck up on us. Who knows how long we have. Im just very happy!

By jayne,   From england
im 25 years old and my partner is 52 years old. we are ttc and imk wondering if his age will affect my chances he has 3 kids from a previous relationship and his youngest is 8yrs old. fingers crossed i get pregnant soon

By Wayne,   From Newark
My wife and I planned this even though I'll be fifty-one when my bundle of joy is born (my wife is 39). I've got a couple of kids from a first marriage and while I think I was and still am a great Dad, I certainly have a lot of lessons learned - besides being much calmer and understanding kids don't break so easily. Really looking forward to doing this all again and my wife is excited too. I'm planning on being here a long time and healthy so we'll give it a go. It's a blessing.

By dave,   From central nj
found out a couple days ago my girlfriend is 6 weeks pregnant. she is 41. i'm 54. she is very naive about all things sex. very concerned about birth defects such as mental retardation, autism, etc. and since i'm slightly disabled myself its gonna be very hard to keep up with a baby and even when they are growing. kid would be 10 years old, i would be 64. she never had a kid before so she is very happy. me, not too much. she has to have tests done in couple weeks to see if any defects appear. i'm very worried about this.

By johan,   From roodepoort
Well im 52 wife 34 and our baby is 4 months old. I have a son 28 and daughter 26. When we found out that we were pregnat we were
devastated and I thought my life's just taken the biggest blow ever. What have I done wrong. Let me tell you (to vut a long story short) the night I left the hospital I looked up and asked what did I do to deserve this. Its 4 months now and its been the best time of my life and what a reminder it is to experience unconditional love having children and what a privilege it is. I am certainly a different father than with my first 2. I have never been so calm anout everything. Cant wait to see my boy every time he wakes up. Yes ill be whatever old when his 21 but so what. Ill celebrate this for as long as I live ha ha. Let me tell all of you so called old fathers! Having a baby at this age makes you feel young again and opens a whole new world. Imagine going too footbsll practice all over again watching him trying too impress....I csnt wait. Jonathan Gerard you changed ME!

By Alvin,   From Pickens
I just found out my wife is pregnant. She is 34 and I am 52. We did not plan this and it came as a shock as we were taking precautions. I am thankful for the men over 50 who give positive remarks. I have 3 children all over 18 by my first marriage. I was a very hands on dad in that time and still have a close relationship with my children. As I sit here thinking I wanted to hear from older men who have children. I want to be a very hands on dad for our new child. I just pray for health of this child. I do think I will have more patience and wisdom now and am looking forward to this new life. My new son/daughter deserves my best. That is what I intend to give with all my love.

By Melissa,   From Australia
its nice to know that im not the oonlyone with a big age difference between us two. im 17 and he is 54 and oneday mabey in a couple of years wemight have a baby. he lives in a caravan and building a house.

By Shannon,   From Laurel
My 35 year old sister is currently pregnant with her first child and the father is 60. (Our mom is 63 by the way.) Our father was over 60 (60 when she was born and 71 when I was born) and he died when I was 11. So I feel really sorry for my niece or nephew because its inevitable that they will have to suffer the loss of their father at a young age like I did.

By Lamil,   From Port Harcourt
I am Lamili, I am a proud African 26 years old and my baby daddy is a white man 59 years old we are so excited about fertility doctors making this possible. Now his white family have to see that he has another child!

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By Frank,   From Bethel
My view on this subject, as a 54 YO man without children but would very much like to have them: It is incredibly selfish to bring a child into the world when you are putting them at a higher than normal health risk. My needs/desires/wants are second to those of a life I bring into the world. Having children just because "you" want them is a terribly selfish attitude when a human life is concerned.

By Frank,   From Bethel
My view on this subject, as a 54 YO man without children but would very much like to have them: It is incredibly selfish to bring a child into the world when you are putting them at a higher than normal health risk. My needs/desires/wants are second to those of a life I bring into the world. Having children just because "you" want them is a terribly selfish attitude when a human life is concerned.


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after 3 years of our marriage my husband suddenly change he was having an affair with a lady outside, I notice it then i was praying for divine intervention it was become more serious i told my pastor about it we prayed but nothing happen.
my husband just came home one day he pick up his things and left me and the kids to his mistress outside at this time i was confuse not knowing what to do again because i have lost my husband and my marriage too. i was just checking my mails in the office when I saw someone sharing her testimony on how the orphan temple help her out with her marital problems so I contacted the email of orphan temple
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By ashley,   From usa
Hi everyone I will never forget the help the ophantemple render to me in my marital life.
i have been married for 5 years now and my husband and I love each other very dearly .
after 3 years of our marriage my husband suddenly change he was having an affair with a lady outside, I notice it then i was praying for divine intervention it was become more serious i told my pastor about it we prayed but nothing happen.
my husband just came home one day he pick up his things and left me and the kids to his mistress outside at this time i was confuse not knowing what to do again because i have lost my husband and my marriage too. i was just checking my mails in the office when I saw someone sharing her testimony on how the orphan temple help her out with her marital problems so I contacted the email of orphan temple
i told him my problem and i was told to be calm that i have come to the right place that i should fill some information concerning my self i did after 30 minus i he called me again congratulating me that my problems will be solve within 48 hours.
he told me what went wrong with my husband and how it happen. that they will restored my marriage but i will make a free donation to their orphanage home anything my heart told me then I sow a little seed'. to my greatest surprise my husband came to my office begging me on his knees that i should find a place in my heart to forgive him I quickly ask him up that i have forgiven him. Friends your case is not too hard why don’t you give orphan temple a try they work surprises because i know they will also bring back your husband. Contact him via ophanprayertemple@gmail com.

By Paul,   From LA
Im 50 with 2 teenagers from a previous relationship. My wife of 45 is pregnant for the 1st time and I just cant get enthusiastic about it at all and its beginning to show.

By Paul,   From LA
Im 50 with 2 teenagers from a previous relationship. My wife of 45 is pregnant for the 1st time and I just cant get enthusiastic about it at all .

By Ben,   From Shanghai
I'll be 63 when my next is born. Sure it concerns me that I'm older. My 29 year old son is excited for me. My wife and I are scared but more thrilled than scared. I taught school, Lit and Art for 14 years before entering engeneering and traveling the world. I home schooled my son who recently received his degree in IT and like Terry said, I'm so much better equipped than I was in the past. So ME from Detroit, eat your heart out. And for those of you that are fearful, take heart; you'll get your energy back and do just fine! .

By Paul,   From Perth
Ime 61 and my amazing partner is 37, I am full of life and love for her, we look forward to getting pregnant with excitement , I have four kids already 21,19, 9 and 8. I am so blessed to have my kids and my partner of two years. Love and live life, it's the only one we get.

By ashley,   From temple
Hello, i was pregnant at 25 now 27 and my lil girl father is 58 now is sound werid but age is just a number some man at age 50 or older can still have kids depends on how healthy he is my baby came out just find she is so smart people say i have a old baby i tell them kiss my i butt i hope it works out for all of you

By indiana,   From mishawaka
my honey is 47 and i am 28. we are expecting and he is extremely excited! :) this is his 1st child and we were both previously married. him 23 yrs and me 6.

By Robert,   From Oakland
I am 67 years old and I recently remarried for the 4th time. My new wife is 22 and we've been together for 3 years already. We have one child together already and we found out that we are expecting again! Twins this time!. My advice to all you older dads is to love your children no matter what age they may be and to love your wives for putting up with you.

By william,   From st louis
look at the late Senator "Sperm" Thurman from SC. He did ok Had a beautiful daughter when he was really old. Unfortunaely she was killed in a car accident. Also, Iglasis, Sr. (forgive my spelling) has had successful children

By Sulema,   From California
Im 22yrs old and my fiancé is 55yr old I want to hav children w/him I feel this article is so bad!! And I love the comment Terry frm St. Louis Park wrote tht is very encouraging!!

By Lucy,   From Birmingham
Thank you!! I am 37 and my hubby is 49 and we are expecting... The article made us both really worried that maybe we had been irresponisble but your comments have made us smiley again & we are both so excited :)

By Lonnie,   From Buffalo
I am a thirty-seven year old woman married the most wonderful husband for the past 13 years. He is now 65 years old. I see him with friends' kids, and he is absolutely wonderful. I desperately want children of our own, but he is naturally concerned about his age. I know this is a guys forum, but just wanted to say thanks for sharing your stories and thoughts. Reading this gives me hope.

By bob,   From london
forget the comments from ME they sound like the opinions of a bitter and twisted person

By Jerry,   From Grand Rapids
Well....I suppose that I'm running contrary to public opinion. I was 70 when we had a baby....and look forward to a sibling for her. Live your life with one eye on your current happiness....the other on the mysteries of the future. So many negative happen to people of all ages....each person has to make up their own minds. There is no guarantee for any"future" working out for anyone.
But, stay in shape and take care of the obvious needs of young ones...and young wife.

By Me,   From Detroit
Men who are on their 2nd or 3rd wife and have children from their 1st marriage- the greatest gift you can give the children YOU ALREADY HAVE is a vasectomy. There is nothing more heartbreaking than some old geezer on the side of a soccer field watching his 4 year old son when you know he hasn't bothered calling his own children the same age as the woman he's now married to. It's not just the 1st family that's destroyed because of men's giant egos that feel they MUST procreate...again, you can bet your life that that 4 year old will wonder what the heck you were thinking when he's getting his high school diploma the same year they put you in a nursing home. Get a dog.

By Jorge,   From Carmel
Wow!... this article had me worried. My wife is 40 and I am about to turn 53, we are expecting our first child in a couple of months. Although, in the beginning of the pregnacy, I was very concerned because of our ages. Notheless, I was still excited. So far so good, Doctors have run several lab tests to determine if our child will be born with any defects, all the tests have come back normal. I can't be more exited! I look forward to being a dad again even if I am and old dad. I thank God for this gift.

By Ian,   From Edinburgh
Do not let the negative tone in this article put you off having kids. People are generally much healthier and living longer these days. There is a much greater chance everything will be fine. There are many advantages to raising a family later in life.

By Charlie,   From Central Arkansas
I am 49 years young my 2nd. wife is 30, we have a 21 month old healthy daughter, and we are working on gettin pregnant with our 2nd child. This article raises some concern but we both discussed it and we decided if God wants us to have another child we will.

By Charles,   From greensboro
I am becoming a father at 60. I have no energy at all. I wasn't even aware I had sex LOL. Help

By Jerry,   From Glasgow
My wife and I tried to have a baby for many years but it did not happen and I thought that it was down to me due to a football injury"down below" when I was 17 although we never had any tests done.

We have now been separated for five years and I have been in a relationship with a lady of 29 for 2 years (I am 55). She is now 3 months pregnant and we are both happy and excited at the prospect of the new arrival. My partner has a 6 year old daughter from a previous relationship who I get along with very well.

Should I be worried about becoming a father for the first time at 55?

By billy,   From peterborough
i had 4 children in my 20s and they made me very happy , when the last one left home iwas lost,i have since had 1 boy and 1 girl in my 2nd marrage and feel so lucky to have another chance ,i keep my self fit and it is hard but it was the first time,but has not put me off,and they are both very forward and healthy.

By Terry,   From St. Louis Park
I appreciate hearing the statistics on male's sperm but I'm sad to hear the overall negative tenor of the article. As someone who married at 53 I wish I had known about the statistics but I would have gone ahead and taken the risk to have children anyway.

My wife and I have had two children (now 2 and 5) and they are both healthy, happy and energetic. They are the best thing I've ever done in my life.

I'm glad I waited. I'm far more secure on every level and a much better parent than I would have been 5, 10 and definitely 20 years ago.

My children keep me young, physically active and engaged.

Every day, throughout the day, I look at my children and thank God for the best gift I could ever have. I feel very blessed to be a Dad in his 50s even when I'm changing a diaper or dealing with challenges.

Please do not let this article from dissuading you from becoming a Dad in your 50s.

 
 
 
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