A recent post on Ooph talks about the rise in teenage pregnancy and whether or not TV is adding too much glamour to teenage pregnancy.
While I was not a teenage mom, my sister was. This was back in the late-80s. MTV still played music and the only real coverage of teenage pregnancy on TV was the occasional after school special.I do think that media these days makes teenage pregnancy look too easy. The Secret Life of An America Teenager has focused more on the drama than on the reality. And, while I think Teen Mom set out to do something good to shed light on the issue, getting pregnant is now another way a reality-obsessed teen can sell her story. Here are some of the facts (according to the March of Dimes):
- Teen mothers are more likely to give birth prematurely
- 1 in 4 have a second baby by the time the first baby is 2
- Teens are more likely to smoke during pregnancy compared to pregnant adults
- Teenagers are also the least likely to get appropriate prenatal care
- "64% of children born to an unmarried teenage high-school dropout live in poverty"
Unless your mother is Sarah Palin, your sister is Britney Spears, or you win the MTV reality show lottery, getting pregnant as a teen is not as glamorous as TV makes it out to be.