Hilary Duff recently opened up about the challenges she faced starting a family so young.

The actress welcomed her first child Luca with her ex-husband, Mike Comrie, in 2012 when she was 24 years old.

In an interview on Motherly podcast, Duff said having Luca was a blessing but it felt a little isolating being the first of her friends to have a baby.

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As E! New reports, the actress said:

“It was a little isolating in the beginning because I didn’t have any friends that had babies yet. But I had been working for such a long time that it felt like a natural step for me and I always knew I wanted to be a mom and I always knew that was going to be my number one priority in life. So, I felt ready on some fronts and a little scared on others.”

Duff decided that there was no use putting off having children. However, as she prepared for motherhood, her perspective about adulthood began to change.

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School dance madness ⚡️ Banks took the pic.

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Duff recalled:

“I guess I thought, like, you’re a real adult once you have a baby. But that looked very different than how I looked. Like, when I think of my parents when I was like ten or so, I feel like they looked so old even though they didn’t.”

She explained:

“My perception was like, ‘Oh, you have all the answers and you know all the things. Everything you say goes because you are God.’ I think that very quickly, when I became pregnant that shifted into like, this is just me, but I’m going to have to be that person to somebody.”

She added:

“I guess I’m saying it in a very simple way, but I very much felt like myself and a little fearful that I wasn’t going to have all the answers… It looked like maybe an older person’s job to be a parent.”

The “Younger” star admits she lost “a big chunk” of her identity for the first year and a half after her son’s birth.

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Dreamy morning strolls

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She said:

“But I don’t think that was a negative thing. At times I was sad about it, but it’s full on. I don’t remember setting him down for the first three months of life.”

Duff welcomed her second child, Banks Violet, in October with fiancé Matthew Koma.

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