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    Pregnant at 11 years old

    This story has left me dumbfounded. This will be one unfortunate child.


    http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2006210699,00.html

    By GAIL CAMERON
    and JACQUI THORNTON
    A CHAIN-SMOKING schoolgirl told last night how she fell pregnant during a drunken romp at the age of just 11.

    The petite youngster found she was expecting after losing her virginity to a teenager during the boozy one-night stand.

    Lighting her third roll-up cigarette and watched by her proud 34-year-old mum, she confessed: I didnt think Id get pregnant because it was my first time.

    But Im really excited and looking forward to being a mum.

    The girl, who is now 12 but cannot be named for legal reasons, is due to become Britains youngest mother when she gives birth next month four months before her 13th birthday.

    She comes from a large family in West Lothian and has an eight-month-old brother who will become an UNCLE before he turns one.

    Showing her huge baby bump under a cropped white T-shirt and tiny black mini-skirt, the girl added last night: I cant wait to take the baby swimming and out for walks in the pram.

    I think Ill be able to cope as Ive had lots of practice looking after my brothers.

    I know how to feed a baby its bottle and I can change nappies.

    But I panic and cry if theyre sick and I dont like giving them a bath because Im a bit frightened.

    Its good to know Ill have my mum here to help me if I need her.

    The youngster had unprotected sex with a boy of 15 in Edinburgh on a night out with pals last August. The father, who cannot be identified, may face legal action.

    The girl feared she might be pregnant and visited a doctor three times for tests, but each proved negative.

    Only when she bought a supermarket home-testing kit did the truth emerge.

    She said: When I saw the two blue lines, meaning it was positive, I just started crying.

    I was paranoid about what my mum was going to say and just frightened about being pregnant too.

    I knew straight away that I couldnt have an abortion because thats something I dont believe in.

    The girl eventually begged a female relative to break the shock news to her mum, who had given birth to a boy of her own just days before.

    She said: I was upset and so was my mum, especially as shed just had my wee brother. I didnt really talk to her much at the time, either, so that made things even harder.

    We had a big argument and I ended up locking myself in my room then running away to a friends.

    It was really hard, but its brought me and my mum closer, which is good.

    The girls mother immediately pledged to support her daughter, regardless of what she chose to do with her baby.

    The dark-haired youngster said: My mums been great. I knew shed stand by me no matter what, but I told her straight away I was keeping the baby.

    The social worker suggested I got rid of it or gave it away after it was born, but Id NEVER do that.

    The girl, who is in only her first year of secondary school, lives in a council flat and began smoking when she was nine.

    She still puffs up to 20 ciggies a day, despite being eight months pregnant.

    Yesterday she told how she took up drinking at just ten sometimes downing a potent cocktail of Buckfast and vodka on nights out.

    She said: I can give up smoking at any time, but I dont find it affects my pregnancy. I also dont drink any more.

    The girl has excitedly been converting into a nursery the bedroom she currently shares with her sister.

    She has hand-picked rolls of lilac wallpaper covered with pink, purple and silver hearts.

    Her most cherished possession a cuddly teddy bought by her dad still takes pride of place there.

    Stacked against the walls are boxes full of baby goods, including a pram.

    The mum-to-be, who is hoping for a boy, went on: Im keeping well now that my morning sickness has passed but Im worried about getting stretch marks.

    My tummy has got so big I mostly have to wear stretchy clothes. But I still squeeze into my jeans. I love them too much to stop wearing them.

    The girl's parents, who split up several years ago, have vowed to stand by her all the way.

    She said: My mum has come to both my scans with me, which were amazing.

    The first time all I could see was a heartbeat, but then I had a scan at 12 weeks and fell in love with my baby straight away.

    You could see its head and body. It was brilliant.

    Id like a wee boy as girls are too crabby. Im not sure what Ill call him, but I like the name Leo.

    The mum-to-be has quit school after a string of exclusions for fighting with fellow pupils and says she doesnt want to go back.

    She now takes part in an outreach programme, receiving lessons at a local community centre. But she admitted: I know Ill have to face school again eventually.

    I havent had a hard time from anybody about the baby yet, but I think a lot of the older pupils will slag me off when I go back.

    My mum has said she will look after the baby so I can go to school.

    I dont know what I want to do with my life when I leave. I used to want to be a nursery nurse, but now Im not so sure.

    She added: Im enjoying being pregnant even though I get a bit of a sore back and sore ribs.

    I like feeling the baby kicking, but the first time it moved I got a massive fright. I didnt know what was happening till my mum explained it to me.

    Last night her mum insisted she is looking forward to becoming a gran.

    She said: Im not ashamed of my daughter at all in fact, Im proud of her for keeping her baby.

    I know shes worried what other people will say. but she can walk out there with her head held high.

    Shes grown up a lot in the last few months.

    At first I wasnt too happy about becoming a gran. But now Im used to the idea, Im really looking forward to having another baby about the house.

    I know shes scared of going into labour and its even given her nightmares but Ill be there to hold her hand. Shes still my little girl and well get through this together.

    Britains current youngest mum is Dorset-born Jenny Teague, who gave birth at 12 years and nine months in 1997 also after a one-night stand.

    The Sun told this week how a girl of 11 gave birth to a boy in Uxbridge, West London. A man of 37 was arrested and freed on bail.

    Both were thought to be visiting the UK from Africa.
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    Re: Pregnant at 11 years old

    The Sun strikes me as a less reliable version of the Weekly World News.
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    Re: Pregnant at 11 years old

    It's a tabloid?
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    Re: Pregnant at 11 years old

    Quote Originally Posted by savafan
    It's a tabloid?
    Yeah, but then again, technically any paper with pages that've only been folded once (e.g. The New York Post) is considered a "tabloid."

    British Tabloids tend to be sensational, but not as out-and-out factually incorrect as your average edition of "Weekly World News" -- but that's only what I've heard.
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    Re: Pregnant at 11 years old

    Here's a first photo of the baby's father:

    "I prefer books and movies where the conflict isn't of the extreme cannibal apocalypse variety I guess." Redsfaithful

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    Re: Pregnant at 11 years old

    All that fast food has caused female hormones to hit the tape earlier than most... or was it aliens..... no I think its the fast food.

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    Re: Pregnant at 11 years old

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou
    All that fast food has caused female hormones to hit the tape earlier than most... or was it aliens..... no I think its the fast food.
    A high calorie diet in youngsters can accelerate development to a degree, but only to the level of genetic potential.

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    Re: Pregnant at 11 years old

    Quote Originally Posted by Red Heeler
    A high calorie diet in youngsters can accelerate development to a degree, but only to the level of genetic potential.
    And that's where the aliens come in right?

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    Re: Pregnant at 11 years old

    So does mum have to pay the babysitter to watch the baby, too?
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    Re: Pregnant at 11 years old

    At least she rolls her own ciggies. That's very responsible for a 12 year old smoker.
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    Re: Pregnant at 11 years old

    I don't buy in to this story at all.

    Total nonsense.
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    Re: Pregnant at 11 years old

    Quote Originally Posted by RFS62
    At least she rolls her own ciggies. That's very responsible for a 12 year old smoker.
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    Re: Pregnant at 11 years old

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou
    All that fast food has caused female hormones to hit the tape earlier than most... or was it aliens..... no I think its the fast food.

    ...Also, possibly the estrogenic substances in many of the products we use and consume. http://info.med.yale.edu/publichealt...t04/smith.html

    They've found that all those girls in Puerto Rico who develop breasts really early tend to have much higher levels of phthalates in their bloodstream, http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20000909/fob3.asp


    ETA: I was just listening to a Friday program from BBC radio and in the news bit between songs they mentioned this story.
    Last edited by Larkin411; 05-14-2006 at 02:32 PM.
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    Re: Pregnant at 11 years old

    Thats awesome :thumbdown


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