Society has changed...it used to be that it was "bad" to have a baby as a teenager. Today, plenty of girls have babies and they make it seem so simple to parent. Just watch an episode of MTV's "16 and Pregnant." There is a lot of pressure from other kids to have sex and to have a baby. Are you sure you're ready to be a mom?
Here are some things you may be wondering about if you're a pregnant teen considering parenting your baby, written by Kylie, 16:
1. Morning sickness?!
Who would want to be sick? Would you be able to handle all of that puking and being nauseous? Plus, what if it lasts throughout the whole pregnancy?
2. I've heard most girls about 30 pounds and their face plumps up.
Will you be able to look cute in maternity clothes? Doubtful! I haven't seen too many people look cute during their pregnancy. I don't want my face to change. Will I end up with a nose that swells and then never goes back to the right size? Will that "mask" that people talk about leave me 3 or 4 shades darker. I like the way that I look now. Why would I want to change?
3. Delivery a baby hurts.
Some people have even told me that they had pain while they were pregnant, when they had the baby, and after they had the baby. Would I be able to deal with all of that pain?
4. Responsibility for a little human being...I never had to be in charge of anything.
How in the world would I raise a child? I don't even know any babies. Don't babies need all types of stuff like diapers and baby milk? I'm still dealing with my own issues around doing the "right" thing. How in the world could I tell a child what to do if I can't even do the right thing like I'm supposed to all of the time?
5. I can't stand the sound of babies crying.
How can somebody deal with all of that crying, whining, and noise?!? It's not like it's the latest song. It's crying, and lots of it! What's fun about that? Plus, how would I get a baby that can't talk or do stuff for itself to stop when I get tired of hearing it? What if that baby gets sick? I think that would be too much to manage.
Other girls make having a baby seem like the cool thing to do. I don't think that it is. I have heard of girls getting pregnant and then not knowing what they could do about it. I would think that it would be really hard to make the decision between having an abortion, placing your baby for adoption, and possibly even keeping it. Before I get myself in to that situation, I'm going to really think about this pregnancy thing and all of the stuff, and of course changes, that it could cause in my life.
-by Kylie, 16