I remember vividly the first time I found out I was pregnant.
I had already taken a few tests that were negative, but I still had that gut feeling that I was expecting. I remember the utter joy that washed over me as I saw those two little pink lines appear on the test, indicating a baby was on the way. I also remember my husband’s reaction of shock, elation, and a huge new sense of responsiblity when I told him the news.
That was in April of 2008. I was 23 and had been married for just 3 years when our first son came along. Unexpected, but a wonderful surprise. We were ecstatic and completely overwhelmed to become parents. Some people would probably say I was really young-and they’d be right. I was young. But I was ready and capable and excited to become a mother.
I wouldn’t be able to say that if I were 16.
MTV’s new season of “16 and Pregnant” airs on March 27. This show makes me furious. I know some girls get pregnant out of wed-lock. I know some are teenagers. I know how completely hard and devastating and life-changing that reality is. I saw one of my good friends struggle with the decision of whether or not to put her baby up for adoption in high school after she found out she was pregnant. It broke my heart, and it breaks again when I see a TV show that’s out promoting teenage pregnancy. And if you don’t believe MTV’s actually promoting it, the fact that every year there’s a new season with another batch of pregnant high schoolers says otherwise. And I have to wonder if there are girls out there somewhere who are actually trying to get pregnant so they can be on TV.
Motherhood is tough stuff, even under the best of circumstances. It’s wonderful and completely fulfilling…at the right time.
I have not seen an episode of “16 and Pregnant” but would be interested to get your take on the show. Have you watched it? Would you let your daughters watch it?