Researchers at Stanford University in California conducted a new research and concluded that babies whose fathers are 45 years old or over are more prone to health risks. These babies are likely to be less healthy and face complications at the time of birth. To put simply, delaying fatherhood impacts the health of babies and mothers. The researchers analysed the data of more than 40 million deliveries in the US.
The research revealed that babies who were born to older fathers were 20.2 grams lighter in weight and had 14 per cent of more chances to low birth weight as compared to those who born to young (aged 25-34) fathers. The former children also had a 14 per cent more risk of being placed in a neonatal intensive care unit (ICU) and they were more likely to be premature at the time of birth.
If talk about pregnant women, such women are more vulnerable to develop gestational diabetes whose husbands are more aged. As per the study, for pregnant women carrying a baby of a husband aged 55 or over have more chances to develop gestational diabetes.
The team said the research provided an important insight into the role of fathers age on the health of a newborn and woman as well. The research was published in the British Medical Journal on 1st November 2018.