Posted by DaVinci Healthcare Expert on May 22, 2023 12:37:48 PM
In the United States, women giving birth in their late thirties and forties is not as uncommon as it used to be. In fact, fewer women are having babies in their early twenties than in previous generations.
There are several important physical implications of having children as an older adult, but older parenthood also comes with some surprising benefits to both parents and children.
This article takes a closer look at the potential challenges and benefits of being an older parent, highlighting how to support fertility, energy, and overall health throughout your parenthood journey.*
The age range defining an "older parent" can vary depending on context and cultural norms. Generally, 35 is often considered a dividing line between "younger" and "older" parents because it is associated with a number of physical and social changes.
From a medical standpoint, a woman's fertility begins to decline after age 35 and the risks of certain pregnancy complications increase. However, there is no one-size-fits-all definition of what constitutes an "older" parent, and individual circumstances may vary widely.
There are several potential risks and challenges of being an older parent. Women over the age of 35 are at an increased risk of pregnancy complications. They also have a higher likelihood of delivering via cesarean section. Additionally, older parents may experience physical and mental fatigue due to the demands of parenting later in life, and more difficulty keeping up with the energy levels of their children. While less common, some older parents may be at risk of age-related health problems that can interfere with their ability to parent effectively.
It’s certainly valuable to consider these potential challenges to your parenthood journey. However, being an older parent is becoming more common, and some would say that the benefits far outweigh the risks.
If you are considering becoming—or already are—an older parent, these ten benefits may affirm that you’re on the right path.
Don’t just take our word for it—studies show that children of advanced maternal-aged women tend to have more positive long-term outcomes in life. Researchers analyzed sibling data from children who grew up in the same home environment, and compared siblings born when the mother was older vs. when she was younger. Those born to older mothers tended to be taller, stayed in academic settings for longer, were more likely to attend college, and performed better on standardized tests. On the flip side, there were no significant long-term disadvantages for children born to older mothers.
Other studies have looked at the relationship between maternal education and how well children perform in school throughout their lives and have found that older parents tend to have kids with broader vocabularies and linguistic skills, starting from a young age.
Despite the benefits, it remains important to support overall health as an older parent, as lower energy levels and potential health issues tend to be more common than in parents who have children at a younger age.*
Regardless of how well children might do academically, there’s no arguing that parenting requires a lot of energy—and when you’re older, energy stores are lower. Taking care of your physical body and supporting health with diet, exercise, and supplements is essential for older parents.*
Along with a balanced diet and daily exercise, you should discuss certain supplements that support energy, sleep quality, nervous system regulation, and overall vitality with your integrative doctor.*
Adrenal Support Supplements are excellent for supporting the production and release of stress hormones, helping you to better deal with everyday stress and to help regulate your circadian rhythm.*
B vitamins, and especially B-12, are critical for supporting energy levels, positive mood, and the ability to effectively deal with occasional stress.
Green tea in both tea and supplement form can help promote energy and work as a powerful antioxidant.*
Omega-3 fatty acids help support memory, cognitive function, and concentration in parents.*
While there may be challenges associated with becoming an older parent, the benefits outweigh the struggles. With age comes wisdom, experience, and a greater ability to provide emotional and financial stability for a child. Older parents may also have more time and resources to devote to their children and can serve as strong role models. Studies also show older parents may have better mental health than their younger counterparts, and their children may demonstrate higher academic performance.
Ultimately, the decision to become a parent at any age is a personal one. As an older parent, you can rest assured that unexpected rewards await you and your family.
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