Top 10 Youngest Mothers in the World & Their Ages
Motherhood is a blessing for matures and a boon for the underage.
They often say it’s a miracle gifted to women, but it indeed becomes a burden when a tiny Lil girl becomes a mother. So basically, when the other girls were busy studying, growing, playing, and innovating, these early-aged mothers were forced to undertake responsibilities they weren’t even sure of. Well, this is surely not a normal childhood; any mother aspires to weave for their daughters.
Taking you to the whereabouts, generally, children attain puberty, i.e., to reach sexual maturity and become ready to reproduce, between the age of 10 to 16. Among girls, it includes breast development, growth of acne, menstruation, growth of pubic hair, etc. Among boys, it involves enlargement of the testicles and penis, growth of facial hair, pubic hair, etc.
However, in certain rare cases, children under the age of 8 (for females) or 9 (for males) tend to attain puberty. Such a condition is called Precocious puberty. It can be caused due to various reasons, such as hormone disorders, infections, tumours, etc.
Here is the list of the top 10 youngest mothers in the world who attained precocious puberty and became the youngest mothers in history.
*Note: Photos of the mothers and their child is not readily available. There are some actual photos that were available and some are just cute baby pictures.
10) Anna or Anya/ Russia: 8 years, 7 months
Anna “Anya” was said to have reached puberty at the age of 7 itself. A 13-year-old, who was her neighbour, raped her, causing her pregnancy. She delivered her baby at Rostov-on-Don in April 2000. She was only 8 years and 7 months old at that time. Not many details were found on her medical record.
9) Hilda Trujillo/ Peru: 8 Years, 7 Months
Hilda Trujillo gave birth to her baby girl Maria del Rosario when she was 8 years and 7 months old. She delivered her 2.7 kg baby on December 2, 1957, at a hospital in Lima. Her rapist was her 22-year-old cousin, staying at her family’s one-room residence.
Her mother had noticed her stomach swollen and took her to the hospital when the pregnancy was revealed. He was arrested and prosecuted later. This incident was truly heart-wrenching to witness in the list of the top 10 youngest mothers in the world.
8) Unidentified / Colombia: 8 Years, 5 Months
When a police officer noticed a little girl with an unusually swollen stomach, he thought she was a drug dealer. Later, the X-ray revealed that she was in her 32nd week of pregnancy. On further interrogation, the girl disclosed that a pharmacy employee in Ciudad Bolivar had raped her.
She had gone there to buy some medicines for her mother when the employee secretly raped her. She went on to deliver her baby on October 11, 2004, at Meissen hospital. She was only 8 years and 5 months old at that time.
7) Mum-Zi / Nigeria: 8 Years, 4 Months
This incident occurred during the 19th century when the concept of harems was still practised among various African regions. Mum-Zi was one of the members of Chief Hakkiri’s harem on the island of Calabar. She was only 8 years and 4 months old when she gave birth to Chief Akkiri’s baby girl in December 1884.
Her daughter ‘Zi’ also faced the same fate as her mother as she got pregnant and delivered a baby at the age of 8 years and 8 months. This incident was truly critical in the list of the top 10 youngest mothers in the world. Thus Mum-Zi, along with being one of the youngest mothers, also became one of the youngest Grandmothers in history.
6) Griseldina Acuna / Colombia: 8 Years, 2 Months
Griselda Acuna was raped by a family friend, which caused her pregnancy at the mere age of 8. She delivered a baby boy weighing 2.3 kg on September 13, 1936. Not much was recorded regarding her case. She was reported to have started menstruating at the age of 3.
5) Unidentified / India: 8 years
The story of the unidentified girl from Kashmir, India, is extremely saddening. The girl was married off at a very early age since child marriage was prevalent in India. Her husband impregnated her. In August 1933, she died during her labour along with her child.
She was just 8 years old at that time. Her mother, who was a destitute widow, said that she had been forced to accept her daughter’s marriage offer.
4) Zulma Guadalupe Morales / Mexico: 8 Years
Zulma Guadalupe Morales became one of the youngest mothers in history after she delivered her baby boy via C-section on January 12, 1993. She was 8 years old when she gave the 3.19 kg baby at a hospital in Guadalajara, Jalisco.
Zulma’s uncle had raped her, causing her impregnation. Embarrassed by the circumstances of the pregnancy, the family tried to keep it a secret, but a news agency called “Excelsior” revealed everything to the World.
3) H. / India: 6 Years, 7 Months
On June 7, 1932, a six-year-old Indian girl called “H.” delivered her baby via C-section at Victoria Zanana Hospital. She was initially suspected of having an abdominal tumour as she often complained of stomach pain, but it turned out that she had been pregnant all along. It was told that H. had never menstruated before.
The baby girl weighed 1.8 kg. After suffering from fright for three days after the delivery, H. could nurse the baby. This incident was truly critical in the list of the top 10 youngest mothers in the world. She went on to breastfeed her for nine months, despite having underdeveloped breasts. The baby’s father or the mother’s current whereabouts are unknown.
2)Yelizaveta “Liza” Gryshchenko / Soviet Union: 6 Years
Yelizaveta “Liza” Gryshchenko, five days after turning six, gave birth to her baby girl on August 19, 1934, and became one of the youngest mothers on the planet. Her baby was delivered naturally, weighing 3 kgs; however, stillborn.
Her parents had refused to deliver the baby with a cesarean section, which was considered dangerous then. The doctors claimed that the baby would have been born healthily had she been extracted more quickly, reanimated, and oxygenated.
Regarding the child’s father, It was revealed that “Liza” had been raped by her own maternal grandfather, aged 69. He was a former sailor. After the incident, Liza’s family emigrated to Vladivostok, Russia, to escape embarrassment. They also took the maternal grandfather along with them. The Current whereabouts or whether Liza is alive or not is unknown.
1) Lina Medina /Peru: 5 Years, 7 Months
Lina Medina gave birth to her son on May 14, 1939, when she was just five years, seven months, and 21 days old, becoming one of the top 10 youngest mothers ever in history. The son was delivered with a cesarean section and weighed 2.7 kg at birth. He was named ‘Gerardo’, after Lina’s doctor.
As per Peruvian law, Lina Medina’s pregnancy at that age meant that she was raped even before she had turned five. The identity of her father or the circumstances of her rape was never revealed. Her father was suspected of child abuse and arrested but was later released due to a lack of evidence.
Lina went on to marry her husband, Raul Jurado, in the 1970s and gave birth to her second son. Lina is 88 years old now and is said to live a quiet life in Peru. Concludingly, motherhood did not come as a blessing for these young mothers who didn’t even have the time to explore their own lives. They were forced to suffer through the trauma of rape, then the pains of pregnancy, and then (in most cases) the responsibility of nursing the child.
These incidents of the top 10 youngest mothers in the world make us realize that we live in such a twisted world.
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