Unplanned teenage pregnancies have become the subject of films and reality televisions shows alike. The most popular reality television show Teen Mom showcases the lives of these young moms as they navigate through pregnancy and parenthood.
Some argue that Teen Mom glorifies teen pregnancy and also makes it seem appealing for young girls to go down that path. Others will argue that Teen Mom actually shows the reality of what it’s like to be a teen mom and just how difficult it is.
The episodes show the highs and lows of being a young mom. Most of the young moms have taken a stand and reveal just what it’s like to be a young mom.
Being a young mom can be such a challenge and a lot of the moms on Teen Mom have spoken out about the challenges they have faced
Many of the women on the show have spoken out and shared what it’s like to have an unplanned child when you’re still one yourself.
They detail their fears, difficulties throughout their pregnancy, and talk about how emotional it is.
Facebook; pictured above is the logo for the hit reality TV show Teen Mom 2
Maci Bookout is perhaps one of the most outspoken Teen Mom stars when it comes to talking about her unplanned pregnancy.
She joined the show with hopes of showing other girls just how difficult it is to be a teen mom.
When it comes to raising a child when you’re a child yourself, Maci shares that there is nothing glamorous about it. Upon hearing people think Teen Mom glamorizes teen pregnancy, Maci sees why people say the show glamorizes it.
However, she is quick to shutdown those beliefs and stands by her statement that teen pregnancy is not glamorous at all.
Instagram; Teen Mom star Maci Bookout is pictured above with her family
Maci told Cosmopolitan:
“I read the statistics on teen pregnancy quite often, and they took a huge decline in 2009, when 16 and Pregnant first aired.”
Maci says that if fans would just look back at the first episodes from 16 and Pregnant, which is the show that led to the launch of Teen Mom, you can take a look at just how unglamorous being a teen mom is.
Instagram; Maci smiles in the above photo next to her husband Taylor
Unfortunately, teen pregnancy is still a reality to this day.
It’s estimated that 30% of girls drop out of high school due to pregnancy.