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Is there a certain age when it's too late to have children?

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Last Updated: 05/15/2018 at 12:41pm
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July 31st, 2015 6:16pm
Of course the risk of having a healthy baby increases the older you become once you hit your early 30s. But if you're referring to adoption or surrogacy, etc, I would say just keep in mind your age once your child gets older. Do you want to be in your 80s when your child is going off to college? These are things to keep in mind, but it's ultimately up to you and what you think your ability is as far as being able to raise a child at a certain point in your life.
February 4th, 2015 7:25pm
I believe as long as your body is capable of producing children, then it is not too late. There are benefits and downfalls to having children at 'too early' or 'too late'. If its early, you might not have the wisdom, maturity, or resources and if its 'too late' you might be unable to do many things with your kid as if you would if you had your athletic 20's or 30's body. Each of these flaws, are also the others strengths. But to reiterate, if your body is capable of creating biologically, then its never too late to have children.
February 10th, 2015 8:05pm
There is never an age we reach where we can not contribute to the health and wellbeing of a child, however there is a point in everyones life-not an age-that we are not physically up to the task of child rearing. That point cannot be defined with an arbitrary number though.
May 7th, 2015 11:15pm
Advice is easy to give, but it can be wrong or harmful. You are the expert on you. The best thing I can do is help you figure out the path that makes the most sense to you.
May 23rd, 2015 8:18pm
Yes, there is. Womens have a limited amount of time to get pregnant. It depends from person to person, some can stop having the ability for having childrens at 48 years old others at 52 years old. It is called the menopause, when women stop ovulating (having the menstruation).
June 6th, 2015 3:55pm
Biologically of course but as we are all different, for certain people it takes more time to 'grow up' to have children, for some this time never comes, so you can't really set a rule here.
June 11th, 2015 9:20pm
Having children is for anyone, over say 18, so long as you think it is the right time. It's never to late really, it's more if you can. Can you afford a child? Keep it safe? Love it? Then there should be no age too late to have or adopt a child.
February 9th, 2016 2:13pm
I think it's up to you to decide if there is an age that is too late to have children. You should explore what's going on in your life and consider if having a child will fit into your life at whatever age you are.
February 29th, 2016 2:44am
There is no age limit to have children if you have the time and strength to take care of them. If you think you can be responsible for a child and you can have them then you should.
March 8th, 2016 3:05pm
I believe a person knows when they are ready to stop having children. The age is different for everyone and depends on a person's life situation.
September 26th, 2016 12:40am
Usually they stop advising you to try for children after 35 as there is a higher risk for birth defects like Downs Syndrome.
October 31st, 2016 12:08am
I don't think so. As long as you are ready to have kids you can have them. You need to have the sources to pay for the child.
May 15th, 2018 12:41pm
This is a medical question that has to do with the health history of each person and the advancements of science.