Studying the topic of the earliest pregnancies in medical history, we come across the egregious cases of violation of the children’s rights rater than poor sexual education. This article is dedicated to the world’s youngest mothers, who have mainly suffered from the actions of the adults. This is where the morality and education suffer: in the attitude of the adult person to the basics of childhood. Though most of the young mothers have sexually developed much earlier, than the peers – they were children. And the earliest pregnancies surprisingly age long before adolescence.
The contemporary reality, though there are issues of sexual liberation and cracked morals, can hardly be blamed because first known cases of early pregnancy took place long before the “sexual revolution” and “overall elimination of prejudice”.
Lina Vanessa Medina – The youngest mother in History
A Peruvian Lina Medina gave birth to a baby boy at the age of five in 1939. At present, she is still considered the youngest mother all over the world and registered in Guinness World Records.
The pregnancy of world’s youngest mother progressed almost unnoticeably and impalpable and only the growing belly indicated her condition. It was found out only in her 7th month that she is pregnant. The delivery passed successfully by means of caesarean section, the newborn son was healthy, his height and weight normal: 18.8 inches and 6 pounds.
Her second child was born 33 years later in 1972.
Interesting fact: the girl’s mother noticed that her daughter is physically developing too fast almost immediately after Lina was born. Her pubic hair began growing at 3 months after birth, and at the age of 8 months her first menstruation period began. When Lina was four, her breasts started developing and that year she was impregnated. The doctors confirmed it, saying that the youngest mother’s ovaries at that time had already been as those of an adult woman. This phenomenon is called early sexual maturity and it is mostly rare in occurrence among children younger than 5.
Who was the father of the world’s youngest mother’s baby is still a mystery. The fact of sexual abuse was confirmed, but we won’t have ever found out who did it to a little girl. Lina Medina has never given any interviews, not then or ever.
The six-year-old Liza Gryshchenko is the youngest mother from Kharkov, the Ukraine. The fact of early pregnancy was confirmed in 1934. The six-year-old girl had almost become one of the youngest mothers in the world, but her baby died in childbirth. The birth was natural, what turned out to be an arduous trial for the little girl. The father of the conceived child had been Lisa’s own 70 years old grandfather.
World’s youngest mothers: 8-11 years
1957: a Peruvian Hilda Trujillo gave birth to a daughter at the age of 9. The father of her child is her cousin, who raped her.
1759: Anna Mummenthaler from Switzerland gave birth to a baby girl at the age of 8. The baby was stillborn. The father of the child was one of her relatives.
1884: the youngest mother in history became eight-year-old Mum-Zi from Nigeria, giving birth to a daughter. Her daughter, Zi, also gave birth at the age of 8 years 8 months, thus making Mum-Zi a 17-year-old grandmother.
1936: the youngest mother from Colombia Griseldina Acuña gave birth when she was 8 years old to a healthy boy whose weight totaled 5.1 pounds. The boy’s father was a “friend” of the family. It’s interesting that the Colombian’s sexual maturing had also started very early: her first menstruations began at the age of 3.
2001: Wanwisa Janmuk from Thailand gave birth to a baby girl at the age of nine. The father of the child is her 27-year-old husband. Strange though it may seem, but a husband! The girl got married at the age of 8, and at the age of 9 she became the youngest Asian mother.
2009: 11-year-old Kordeza Zhelyazkova from Bulgaria gave birth to a daughter, whose father was Kordeza’s 19-year-old husband. The pregnancy was taking its normal course; the birth was natural and fast.
2005: the youngest mother in Russia became Valentina Isaeva, giving birth at the age of 11 to a girl. The father was her 17-year-old friend. The baby was born healthy, its height and weight were normal (20 inches and 6.4 pounds). C-section was performed.
There are more than a hundred of early pregnancy cases, confirmed since the middle of XVIII century (1759). And there are even more unidentified young mothers, who had to endure delivery under special circumstances at such early age!
Anyway, in recent years the cases of early pregnancy occur more and more often. The youngest mothers become girls aged 10-12 years, almost always from ignorance or under compulsion. Take care of your children!
World’s youngest father – a 13-year-old teenager from Great Britain!
“The youngest father in the world – a 13-year-old from Britain!” this news spread through all British papers and caused heated public response in spring of 2009. Not only ordinary British people, but also medical staff was shocked because it had been considered normal that at this age reproductive function of a boy is still continuing its development, and such an early fatherhood was thought hardly possible.
A bit of medicine
It is related to the function of hypothalamus that produces a hormone responsible for the production of spermatozoa – gonadoliberin (GnRH). The development of this function usually begins at the age of 11, and ends approximately by 13.
But Alfie Patten, who became the youngest father in the world, turned thirteen only when little Maisie had already been born. It means that when the conception happened he was only 12.
Now few people are surprised that teenagers today begin their sexual life very early – it really depends on a person. But it’s hard to get used to the kids who are not even close to adulthood and have already become parents.
The youngest parents
Alfie Patten doesn’t even look his 13 years. You wouldn’t give him 10 – his height is 4 feet, he has narrow shoulders, small hands and delicate features. Definitely still a child, he seems to be a brother of the newborn baby he holds in his arms.
Chantelle Steadman, the young 15-year-old mother, on the contrary, looks older – you may give her 18.
The young parents’ story has been widely covered in the UK and foreign press, and the government announced that the youngest family in the world would be provided with all the necessary support.