When I got pregnant with my first born at 14 and had her at 15. I never knew a “childhood” or “teen life”, my mother is an alcoholic & so I grew up my whole life taking care of an adult. But a curve ball came at me when I found out I was pregnant. The baby’s father immediately gathered abortion papers, & didn’t want this baby for anything! My mom was the same way… But since it was MY CHOICE, I decided to keep my baby. The father is pursuing his life goal to be a Marine, which means he is financially supporting his daughter & his parents sometimes take her for the weekend so I can get a break. When I say “a break”, I don’t mean “Partying”…I mean like SLEEPING! Well anyways, we moved on & don’t speak. He has a girlfriend, & I am now engaged. Because I’m pregnant AGAIN (age 17) with another baby girl…. I love him very much but there are issues between us. We aren’t talking right now & I don’t know what else to do other than worry about my girls.
I got pregnant with my son two days before my seventeen birthday to a guy I just had a one night stand with. When I found out I was pregnant he really wanted me to have an abortion and I agreed, but my parents were not having it. I was pretty upset because I was not ready to be a mom. In the beginning of my pregnancy I thought I lost the baby but, I had an ultrasound. I was having a healthy little boy and from that moment I knew I wanted to keep him. Today my son is 5 months old and the father does not help me at all and only sees our son when it is convenient for him. I wish it wasn’t like that but, there is nothing I can really do about. I have help taking care of my son from my mother so I can finish my senior year and graduate. I’m not sure about college now since I am the only one providing for my son.
To learn more about tips and tools in talking with your teens about this issue, visit the CDC.
Teens, take the quiz at StayTeen.org and learn how you would react to a tough decision about sex.