An 11-year-old girl has become the UK’s youngest-ever mum after falling pregnant when she was just 10 years old.
The girl gave birth earlier this month and both the mother and baby are healthy, The Sun reports.
Social services are investigating the circumstances of the girl’s pregnancy and interviewing her parents, who were unaware of it.
“It has come as a big shock,” a source told the UK publication.
“She’s now being surrounded by expert help.
“The main thing is that she and the baby are OK.
“There are questions around why people did not know.
“That’s very worrying.”
Previously, the UK’s youngest mum was thought to be Tressa Middleton, who gave birth in 2006 when she was 12 years old.
Tragically, the pregnancy came about after her brother raped her.
‘There are questions around why people did not know.’
The Sun’s resident doctor Carol Cooper said the girl was the youngest mother she had 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,” Cooper said.
“Weight affects many hormones.
“Because children are heavier, puberty is happening earlier these days.”
“There’s a higher risk of a low-birthweight baby, pre-eclampsia, premature labour and many infections.
“Around one in every 2,500 births happens to someone who doesn’t know she’s pregnant (or has hidden it).”
In the UK, the youngest parents on record were a 12-year-old mother and 13-year-old father, who gave birth to a baby in 2014.