An 11-year-old girl has reportedly become the UK’s youngest-ever mum to give birth.
According to The Sun, the child was 10 years old when she found herself pregnant, and her family had no idea until the baby arrived.
Dr Carol Cooper told the news outlet: “This is the youngest mother I’ve ever heard of.
“The average age at which a girl begins puberty is 11, though it can be anytime between 8 and 14, or younger. Weight affects many hormones.
“Weight affects many hormones. Because children are heavier, puberty is happening earlier these days.”
She added: “There’s a higher risk of a low-birthweight baby, pre-eclampsia, premature labour, and many infections.”
Despite the girl’s young age, she and the infant are said to be doing well.
“It has come as a big shock,” a source, who knows the family, told the publication. “She’s now being surrounded by expert help. The main thing is that she and the baby are okay.”
They added: “There are questions around why people did not know. That is very worrying.”
Reportedly, the child’s pregnancy is under investigation by the police and social services.
Previously, the UK’s youngest mum was Tressa Middleton, who gave birth aged 12 back in 2006.
The schoolgirl was forced to give up her newborn as an investigation uncovered that she’d been sexually assaulted by her 16-year-old brother.
In 2017, it was also reported that an 11-year-old girl gave birth but no further information was added.
The youngest-ever recorded parents was a father, aged 13, and the mother, aged 12. They had the child in 2014.
According to the World Health Organisation, approximately 21 million girls aged 15 to 19 years old in developed regions will become pregnant each year.
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