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Baby Daddies: A Look At The Male Biological Clock

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

While many are touting 40 as the new 30, some even the new 20, when it comes to child bearing and one’s biological clock, its all pretty much a numbers game. And, though more and more, and more, and more women (and men) are waiting until maturity to start a family, experts suggest that women and their mates know what they are in for and all about their risks.

We’ve mentioned it before, but it’s worth mentioning again. Pregnancy after 30 and 35 can get a bit “tricky” and those who wait until close to 40 and beyond (especially for first time pregnancy), though they’ve gained many kudos for being more prepared for parenthood, have the potential (depending on health and lifestyle) of being considered high risk.

But, contrary to popular belief, women are not the only ones who need to worry about the tick-tock of their biological clock. Studies reveal growing evidence that children of more mature men may possibly face certain heath issues and risks. But, just like for women, there are ways to reduce the odds of dads putting their unborn children at risk.

Experts suggest that older guys, especially those over 40 and 45 do the following:

· Invest in regular, low-impact exercise
· Develop and maintain healthy eating habits
· Steer clear of damaging habits that may damage sperm including smoking, anabolic steroids and hot tubs.

Experts also suggest planning pregnancy with your partner helping prepare both and lowering the risk of birth defects. And, while dad is busy doing his part, mom needs to keep a close eye on herself…getting routine checkups, taking vitamin B/folic acid and not drinking, smoking etc. Higher risk parents should also consider genetic counseling when and where necessary and appropriate and discussing genetic testing or assistive reproductive technology.

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