I am 16 and Pregnant!

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I remember like it was yesterday, sitting on the cold tile of my bathroom floor, bawling my eyes out. I felt faint, dizzy, and absolutely horrified all at the same time. There I was, barely old enough to drive, staring at this little stick that had the power to change my life forever. And there it was, bright pink and mocking, glaring me right in the face, a plus sign. How was I ever going to explain to my parents, my friends, or even my school, how I had somehow become another statistic? I was a teenager, and I was pregnant.
The short walk from the bathroom to the living room, where my parents were relaxing and watching tv, felt like it stretched on for miles. Tear-stained and red in the face, I approached my parents. I went over and turned off the tv and explained that I needed their full attention. I begged them to please not say anything until I was finished. And after what felt like an eternity, I was finally able to tell them. “Mom, Dad, I’m Pregnant.” I don’t remember much after that, except for the look on my parent’s faces. I could see the shame in every tear rolling down my mother’s face. The shame of having to explain to their friends, our family, and my school, how their young, teenage daughter was now pregnant.

The next nine months were the hardest months of my life. Even though my family and close friends supported me, I could still feel the judgement in their eyes. Judgement lingered in every look. But, I knew I was strong enough to get through this, and I reminded myself of that everyday. Every time someone made a joke or tried to call me a name, I ignored it. I reminded myself that I was not the first teenager who had ever gone through this. I was not the first teenager to get pregnant.

I attended birthing classes with my mother, who I wanted in the delivery room with me. I went to group sessions, provided by my insurance, so I could meet and talk with other teenagers going through the same thing. Teenage pregnancy. These classes helped my self-esteem and really prepared me for the next coming months. I don’t know how I would have survived this without them. Because, God knows, teenagers nowadays are not meant to get pregnant.

My last memory from my pregnancy, is of my mother and father driving me to the hospital in the wee hours of the morning. It was finally time. Their little baby, was going to be having a baby. The next few hours were rough, emotional, and overall exhausting, but in the end, it was all worth it. I had survived it. I was no longer a pregnant teenager. I was now a mom, a teenage mom.

To be continued...

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By Lauren DiCamillo of Expecting Parents Alliance of America

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