Should 60-Year-Olds Have Babies? (Yes, This Is Possible.)

October 4, 2011 by Mom Jeanine
shefinds | Kids

Have you seen the most recent issue of New York Magazine? Yeah, that’s the cover above. And no, your eyes are not playing tricks on you.

The feature story deals with the growing number of women who are now choosing to have children later in life. But I’m not talking past 35 later–I mean, like 50- and 60-year-olds.

Maybe it’s just me, but the idea of a 60-year-old being pregnant just trips me out. Maybe it’s because I’m not 60, so I can only imagine what my body will feel like at that age. Like any ignorant 20 something, I imagine being 60 means your body is starting to deteriorate. Your joints hurt, your knees buckle and you just can’t get around like you used to. It just doesn’t seem ideal for chasing after a toddler if you ask me.

But after reading the article, I’m actually way less freaked out about it. Many of the women profiled talk about wanting a baby so badly and going to great lengths (i.e. multiple rounds of IVF or even surrogacy) to get one. Part of it is totally immature–I’m relieved that I don’t have to think about 2 senior citizens actually having sex. But as a mother who desperately wanted a baby as well, I get it. The difference, of course, is that they all chose to wait to pursue other things and I, well, didn’t.

What do you think? Are you ever too old to have a baby? Weigh in in the comments.

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