How old is too old to have children?

@cpamanda (694)
United States
November 11, 2006 9:35pm CST
What do you think? Children involve sleepless night and lots of diapers, financial responsibilities. Is there an age where children are no longer appropriate?
13 responses
@tiff1496 (570)
• United States
12 Nov 06
I would say 48. Because the chance of a woman having a baby with Down's syndrome increases as she gets older. Only 1 in 2000 births from teenage mothers are affected by Down's syndrome, but this goes up to 1 in 10 in 48-year-old women. Thanks is a big chance.
@cpamanda (694)
• United States
12 Nov 06
I did not know this. Thank you so much for the information. 27 was a little depressing to me for sure!
@tiff1496 (570)
• United States
12 Nov 06
I would go for it if I were you! 32 is young!!! Try 6 months and if you don't get pregnant, so see a doctor!
@cpamanda (694)
• United States
12 Nov 06
Yes, I am definitely going to start trying soon. Very soon!
@oresal (1350)
• El Salvador
12 Nov 06
well i know of a woman who was over 70 years old who had a child. however i think that is too risky for a woman her age. according to doctors, and investigations, a woman is too old to have children at the age of 27
@cpamanda (694)
• United States
12 Nov 06
Wow, what doctors? I am 32 and about to start trying. I hope the doctors are wrong.
@tiff1496 (570)
• United States
12 Nov 06
27? That seems VERY young.
@cyby22 (1208)
• Romania
14 Nov 06
well, i think never is too late to have children but youl allways have too change diapers and you'll allways have responsabilities financial.so if you want a child just do it!
@cpamanda (694)
• United States
14 Nov 06
Thanks, I appreciate you taking the time to respond.
@sbeauty (5870)
• United States
14 Nov 06
I had my 2 children when I was 28 and 30. I was an old parent for the times, and when I attended parent functions I was always much older than the other mothers. Now a lot of people tend to wait until they're older and more financially stable to start families, and I respect their choice. I think I would hate to have had a child much past 35 or 40. I am 55 now, and I would hate to think I was still having to raise teenagers. I have a friend who is 60. She is raising two step-grandchildren after never having children of her own. That has been an interesting experience for her. The youngest is still only in 6th grade. I don't envy her at all.
@cpamanda (694)
• United States
14 Nov 06
Yes, I can see that you were probably one of the older parents. I guess nowadays people wait until they are more established in their careers to get married, much less marry. I am ready now and I hope my husband will jump on the bandwagon with me soon.
• Indonesia
12 Nov 06
hi - hi
safety for mom is 35
@cpamanda (694)
• United States
12 Nov 06
okay, thanks. Do you have children?
• United States
12 Nov 06
My personal opinion is 50 years old. I think any older than that and things get weird, not to mention the failing of our biological clock.
@cpamanda (694)
• United States
13 Nov 06
Okay, thanks for the thoughts.
• United States
12 Nov 06
I think for the first child that 30 is the age, no later.
@cpamanda (694)
• United States
12 Nov 06
Why 30?
@vhansen (2029)
• United States
12 Nov 06
I would think 50.That would be cutting it close to see your kids grown and enjoy any grandkids they might give you.
@cpamanda (694)
• United States
12 Nov 06
Good point, grandchildren are a nice thing to enjoy, I imagine.
@gamer134 (47)
• Brunei Darussalam
12 Nov 06
i would say 50 atleast, maybe it could reach till 55 but no more than that..
@cpamanda (694)
• United States
12 Nov 06
Thanks!
@Aeval39 (774)
• United States
12 Nov 06
My mom had me when she was 40, and she was on her own, too. It was really hard and you have to be ready to make sacrifices, but that's true for having a baby at any age. It's bad in the long run though, because it's hard to find a common language when you have 40 years between you.
@cpamanda (694)
• United States
12 Nov 06
I did not think about the age difference causing problems in relating. That is a good point. I am excited and cannot wait actually. I think I will be a good mom.
@ChewySpree (1832)
• United States
12 Nov 06
I am 36 and pregnant with my first child. I'll be 37 when it comes. I'm 16 weeks pregnant right now and I have had several tests run to check the baby and everything looks good right now. I personally wouldn't want to go above 40, but that's just me. I really think it's up to each individual couple, how they feel, and what works best for them. Good luck in trying - I was so surprised that we got pregnant the first month we really tried.
@cpamanda (694)
• United States
12 Nov 06
Good luck with that. I have also heard that as you age over 30 your chances of multiple births (i.e. twins) increases significantly. I feel much better reading this than I did with the 1st response. Thanks and keep us all posted. Good luck!
@amsharma (1861)
• United States
14 Nov 06
I personally dont think a woman should have children past the age of 40. Thats just my personal opinion though.
@Funloving (879)
• India
12 Nov 06
Sad - sad
have no idea sori