We hear you gURLs on the Shout Out Boards loud and clear — being a teen mom isn’t always easy. And someone who knows that first hand is Brooke, a high school senior and mom in Texas who will premiere tonight’s episode of MTV’s 16 & Pregnant.
Check out our Q&A with the teen mom, who has quite a lot to say about teaching sex ed in school (not abstinence), why she lucked out with her baby daddy, and how you can still get pregnant if you’re on the pill. After all, it happened to her.
What made you want to go onto 16 & Pregnant?
I wanted share my story with other girls. I was on the birth control pill when I got pregnant. I missed a few pills while waiting on a doctors appointment. I did what my doctor told me to do and took 2 pills a day until I was caught up and back on schedule, and thought I was protected. I want other girls to know you can’t rely on just that to protect you, it’s not 100%. I want them to know that it’s not always that you are being irresponsible, things happen. You have to be mature enough to live up to your responsibilities if or when something happens. You have to know that if you think you are mature enough to be in a relationship like that, you have to step up to the plate.
When you found out you were pregnant, did you ever consider abortion or adoption?
No. Abortion/Adoption just wasn’t for me. Once the reality of it all set in, I knew that Cody (my baby’s daddy) and I loved each other very much and we both come from a close family. We knew we could find a way to make it work somehow.
Is your baby daddy supportive?
Yes. Cody has been by my side since day 1. He has stepped up and taken on the responsibility of having a wife and baby. Most teenage guys wouldn’t sacrifice so much.
What’s the biggest struggle with balancing motherhood and being a teen?
The fact that Brody pulls my homework out of my bag and eats it has caused some issues…
Haha, it’s awesome that you have such a good sense of humor about it! Has dealing with the other gURLs at school been hard since you’ve been pregnant?
I don’t let the opinions of others bring me down. I have always been the kind of person who stands up for herself. I didn’t ever have a problem with anyone at school.
Did you have sex ed in your school?
Here in Texas, they teach abstinence. I think being fully educated would be better for teens. I knew I should wait (to have sex), and planned on waiting. But sometimes things change. If schools provided a complete sex ed class, at least teens would be educated on their choices.
What would you tell a teen who says she wants to be a mom right now?
Wait! Finish your education. Enjoy your childhood while you can. Make sure you and your husband are ready and have a supportive partner and family.
Do you and Cody want more kids?
Yes, but MUCH LATER. We’d like to have one more, named Ryley (our middle names put together Ryan-Ashley) but we plan on waiting at least 5 years.
Are you going to watch her tonight? Can you commiserate? Have you ever accidentally skipped pills? Let’s talk in the comments below.
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