Britain's youngest mum gives birth again

Mum at 12 reveals ‘agony’ of second baby

BRITAIN'S youngest mum who became pregnant aged 11 is heartbroken because her new baby girl can't meet her older sister.

Tressa Middleton first gave birth aged 12 after she was raped by her brother. Her firstborn was later taken into care.

Although she recalls the blissful joy she felt the moment her second child Arihanna was born, Tressa said she is haunted by the absence of her firstborn, the Daily Mirror reports.

Tressa Middleton aged 12 with her first baby and now, with her second baby Arihanna. Picture: Supplied; Mirrorpix/Australscope
Tressa Middleton aged 12 with her first baby and now, with her second baby Arihanna. Picture: Supplied; Mirrorpix/Australscope

Tressa, now 24, said: "I felt pure joy the moment Arihanna was born. There were times I thought I'd never have another baby.

"But I also feel guilty, because Arihanna is with me and my older daughter is not. She's still the first thing I think about every morning and the last thing at night.

"I love her so much. I can't be properly happy without her. It breaks my heart Arihanna will grow up without knowing her big sister."

 

Tressa welcomed 3.6kg Arihanna on October 6 after a 24-hour labour.

She said she has turned her life around after booze and drug addiction, and is ready to be a mum for her second child, little Arihanna with fiance Darren Young, 31.

She revealed she kept keepsakes from her firstborn including hand prints, baby clothes and a lock of her hair.

She said: "I tell Arihanna if her sister was here, they'd play games together. I really hope that one day they can meet. It would mean the world to me."

Tressa, of Bathgate, West Lothian in Scotland, was Britain's youngest mum when she gave birth aged 12 in 2006.

She and the tot were put in protective care three weeks after the birth.

Tressa hid the father's identity, but when her toddler daughter was two, she revealed she had been raped by her brother Jason, then 16.

The child was formally adopted in 2008.

Devastated Tressa spent the next three years in and out of care homes and fell into a spiral of alcohol and heroin abuse.

Aged 18, she had kicked drugs and got pregnant with new boyfriend Darren, then 25 - but she had a miscarriage.

Tressa Middleton with her first baby who was taken into care shortly after her birth.. Picture:
Tressa Middleton with her first baby who was taken into care shortly after her birth.. Picture:

She said before she lost that baby: "It's taken me back to how scared and confused I felt when I fell pregnant so young.

"Darren and I didn't plan this baby, and I had very mixed feelings when I found out I was pregnant.

"On the one hand, I'm excited to be a mum again and get a second chance at happiness.

"But part of me is scared. I went through so much the first time and was so completely heartbroken when they took her away, I couldn't go through it all again.

"I still sleep with my first daughter's teddy every night - I've never let go of the love I have for her."

In 2014, another 12-year-old girl took her mantle as Britain's youngest mum when she gave birth five months younger. The father was a boy aged 13 - the lowest combined age of any British parents in history.

Tressa offered to meet them and share her experience of motherhood.

Tressa Middleton with her fiance Jason and their baby Arihanna. Picture: Mirrorpix/Australscope
Tressa Middleton with her fiance Jason and their baby Arihanna. Picture: Mirrorpix/Australscope

She told The Sun: "I send her my warmest congratulations, but it will be incredibly tough. At that age you're so worried about what other people think at school.

"I had people throwing things at me with the baby in the buggy. And the bullies taunting you in the playground - that's the worst.

"I was spat at, all sorts. I dearly hope that hasn't happened for this mum.

"I didn't and still don't regret it."

She added after not seeing her daughter for six years: "I cry every single day. She is all I think about."

Tressa's daughter will be 11 this summer, nearly as old as her when she first fell pregnant.

Tressa's own mother, Tracey, who supported her through her teenage ordeal, died in 2012.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been republished here with permission.



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