When it comes to having kids, it seems like there's never the perfect time. You can wait until you're married — or not. You can wait until you have the perfect house or the perfect career — or not. The truth is, as I've learned from my own experience, there never is the "perfect" time, or age. But a parent's physical age — both mothers and fathers — can impact their baby's well being in the long run. I checked in with three different fertility experts and found five ways having a dad under 30 may affect your child later in life.
There's a certain degree of faith and surrender when it comes to becoming a parent. These days, both men and women of all ages are having healthy babies who grow up thriving. Sure, there are pros and cons to everything, and having kids later in life has its advantages and disadvantages just like everything else. (Just like becoming a parent in your twenties also has its pros and cons.) Either way, once you become a parent, you find yourself doing whatever you have to do to give your child the best you can. But when it comes to fertility and genetics, some factors are completely out of our control, and timing can be everything.
I spoke to Dr. Edward Marut of Fertility Centers of Illinois, a fertility and pregnancy expert and accupuncturist, Dr. Angela Le of Fifth Avenue Fertility Wellness, and Dr. Natan Bar-Chama, a fertility specialist and the Director of the Center of Male Reproductive Health at RMA of New York. Overall, each of the experts I consulted said that ideally, men should have children before the age of 35-40 years old. That said, every man is different and fathers who have children later in life still have a very good chance of producing healthy and thriving offspring. In fact, Dr. Bar-Chama says that overall, "data demonstrates that older fathers as well as their offspring have greater longevity." But what about younger dads? In what ways can their age affect their little ones down the line?