Teenage pregnancy- a taboo in most parts of the world is said to be on a rise because “Kids these days. It’s because early marriages were commonplace a few decades ago and thus there were early pregnancies but with the laws changing, this practice has reduced. But we still read about teen pregnancies in magazines and newspapers. Well, we are talking about Top 10 Youngest Mothers of All Time that are younger than 16.
Here is the list of Top 10 Youngest Mothers of All Time:
On 23 September 1933, Lina Medina was brought to a hospital by her parents due to increasing abdominal size. She was originally thought to have a tumor, but doctors determined she was in her seventh month of pregnancy. It was completely unbelievable for her parents who took her to several other specialists to confirm her pregnancy. She was the world’s youngest mother on record at the age of five years old. It was said that Lina suffered from precocious puberty which made her pregnancy possible at such a young age but who was the father of her child? That still remains a mystery.
In the 1930’s, 6 year old Yelizaveta Gryschchenko was brought to a hospital in Ukraine because her belly was inexplicably growing. The doctors also observed that her breasts were defined and she also had pubic hair. These uncommon physical changes in such a young child boggled the doctors. But soon it was found that the girl was actually pregnant. Yes, at an age when she should be playing and laughing, the girl was actually giving birth to a baby girl. Because her own 69 year old granddad had raped her! His “love” child died during delivery, which occurred shortly after Liza’s 6th birthday and after the incident the family moved to Vladivostok and shockingly taking Liza’s granddad with them.
Back in 1932, when India was under British Raj, a 6 year old girl known only as “H” gave birth by cesarean section to a girl at Victoria Zanana Hospital in Delhi. She was admitted for a doubt of abdominal tumor as she complained of localized pain in her lower abdomen. She was 6 years and 7 months old at the time of labor and was yet to reach menarche. Plus her breasts were far from being developed but still she could breastfeed her baby for 9 months. As for the father of the child, it was never found out or maybe was just not revealed to keep the whole thing under wraps.
In April of 2010, a girl named Anna gave birth to a baby girl in Rostov-on-Don, a port city in Russia. Anna was only 8 years old when she delivered a baby. What, babies are giving birth to babies. It’s reported that a 13-year-old neighbor had raped Anna, causing her to get pregnant after she had undergone menarche at just 7 years of age. Whether the baby’s father was caught or not is unknown but one thing is clear, rape is a dark reality of our society and we need to find a solution.
In January 12, 1993 an 7-year-old girl, named Zulma Morales, gave birth to a boy at the West hospital in Mexico. Her own uncle raped her, robbing the child off her innocence. Her parents had wanted to keep this heinous crime hidden but Zulma’s story was revealed to the world by a news agency named “Excelsior”.
The 1933 India under British rule saw a widows and one such widow had many children whom she was unable to maintain. While she was struggling to keep food on the table, she received a marriage proposal for her young daughter. She thought it as a good opportunity and got her child married off. But while delivering a baby at the age of 8, the young girl and her baby died. Since young female bodies are not built for pregnancies, complications occur and that is what happened with her. The most shocking part is that the little girl’s husband wasn’t present to witness the tragic event.
Harems- polygamous households where women are kept in enclosed quarters forbidden to men have existed for centuries and were common in African tribes. The chief of the tribe usually had young girls in the tribe but they bore him children only after they got their period. But in the case of Mum-Zi, menarche came at young age, allowing her to deliver a daughter for Chief Akkiri when she was only 7-years-4-months-old. Also her daughter was able to bear children at a young age, making Mum-Zi a grandmother at the age of 17.
In 2004 an 8-year old girl’s pregnancy was revealed by a policeman. He noticed her swollen abdomen and thought she was concealing drugs. After the girl had X-rays done, the hospital confirmed that she was in her 32nd week of pregnancy. She revealed that when she had gone to a pharmacy in Colombia, to pick up her sick mother’s medicine, a 32 year old employee there raped her. She gave birth to a baby but since he threatened the girl and her mother to keep their mouth shut, he was never prosecuted.
In 1957 when a girl named Hilda Trujillo gave birth to a daughter weighing a trifle over six pounds. Hilda was 8 years 7 months old though her age was reported by Time to be a year older. Anyway, she was young, very young to be a mother. Her 22 year old orphaned cousin lived with the family in their 1 room shack and had raped Hilda which led to the pregnancy.
Leyla Mafi, from Arak, Iran, had been prostituted by her mother starting from the age of 8. The girl had a developmental delay, now we wonder how a mother can do that to her young daughter. Prostitution caused her to deliver a baby at the young age of 9 and then twins when she was 14. At age 19, she was condemned and faced the death penalty for illegal sex but Lawyer Sadr intervened on her behalf, and her sentence was reduced to public beating and imprisonment.