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More Parenthood Planned For MTV: A 16 and Pregnant Spinoff


Spinning off of its reality series 16 and Pregnant, MTV is next producing Teen Mom, which will examine not just the issues of being a pregnant teen, but all the challenges that come after the delivery. With 16 and Pregnant, each episode serves as a sort of miniature documentary following a teenager from early stages of pregnancy all the way through delivery, and we get a brief glimpse at how life is different for the teen once a baby enters her life. Teen Mom will "look back at the teens featured on Pregnant and see how they're facing the challenges of their first year of motherhood. Each installment will interweave the developing stories of the new moms."

I've seen several episodes of 16 and Pregnant and I actually find it riveting. I think the illustration/animated stuff in between scenes is a little hokey, and some of the parts that show the worst moments during labor are grueling to watch, but overall it's interesting. When some of the episodes have ended I have found myself wondering how the new mom and/or new family will do in the future, so I'll most likely check out Teen Mom.

If you've never seen 16 and Pregnant or if you'd like to catch some re-airings, MTV is having a "Labor Day" (yuk yuk) marathon on Monday.

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planetkate planetkate 6 years
I'll have to give this specific show a chance... I only made the generalization of 'glamorizing teen pregnancy' from similar shows I've watching the past. If this one broke the trend, it would be a welcome change.
planetkate planetkate 6 years
I'll have to give this specific show a chance...I only made the generalization of 'glamorizing teen pregnancy' from similar shows I've watching the past. If this one broke the trend, it would be a welcome change.
Liss1 Liss1 6 years
I liked this show, i also did not think it glamourizes teen pregnancy. The episode with the girl in the pic above (can't think of her name)especially didn't glamourize it. I felt so bad for her, her boyfriend was no help at all.The episode where they gave the baby up for adoption was so sad, they were trying to do what was best for the baby and there parents were not supportive at all about it.
Liss1 Liss1 6 years
I liked this show, i also did not think it glamourizes teen pregnancy. The episode with the girl in the pic above (can't think of her name)especially didn't glamourize it. I felt so bad for her, her boyfriend was no help at all. The episode where they gave the baby up for adoption was so sad, they were trying to do what was best for the baby and there parents were not supportive at all about it.
MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
Nope, I totally didn't think that, Liz. I agreeing with you and reiterating myself to make it clearer, since my first post was kind of garbled. I haven't watched the show, becuase the two times i tried the mother was at a resturant with her friends, talking about how hard it was to have a baby, and then the other was shopping at the mall. I can count on one hand the times ive gone pleasure shopping and to the movies since I had my daughter becuase of funds, responsibility, and lack of funds. If not all of the episodes are like that, I'm relieved, because it was totally upsetting.
MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
Nope, I totally didn't think that, Liz. I agreeing with you and reiterating myself to make it clearer, since my first post was kind of garbled. I haven't watched the show, becuase the two times i tried the mother was at a resturant with her friends, talking about how hard it was to have a baby, and then the other was shopping at the mall. I can count on one hand the times ive gone pleasure shopping and to the movies since I had my daughter becuase of funds, responsibility, and lack of funds. If not all of the episodes are like that, I'm relieved, because it was totally upsetting.
Lori-Gragg Lori-Gragg 6 years
Yeah, I agree with all of you, I've watched this show with my 15 yr. old daughter, and I told her that if she ever got pregnant at a young age,that she would be responsable for the baby unless she was at school or work,then I would watch it, but that her running around days(which I don't allow too often)would be completely over.
Zivanod Zivanod 6 years
I agree with hausfrau. There is not one episode that glamourizes teen pregnancy. Even with the few teens that thought they'd be able to go on with a somewhat normal life were rudely woken up by the reality of the screaming baby in their rooms at all hours of the night. And the adoption episode was by far the best. Those teens were so much more mature then even their parents. The decision they came to was the absolute best thing they could have done for their child and for themselves as they stated it has motivated them to actually complete school and attend college in hopes of having a better future for themselves and for any future children they may have. This show did not sensationalize or glorify teen pregnancy. And I hope it does make a teen think twice before having unprotected sex.
Zivanod Zivanod 6 years
I agree with hausfrau. There is not one episode that glamourizes teen pregnancy. Even with the few teens that thought they'd be able to go on with a somewhat normal life were rudely woken up by the reality of the screaming baby in their rooms at all hours of the night.And the adoption episode was by far the best. Those teens were so much more mature then even their parents. The decision they came to was the absolute best thing they could have done for their child and for themselves as they stated it has motivated them to actually complete school and attend college in hopes of having a better future for themselves and for any future children they may have.This show did not sensationalize or glorify teen pregnancy. And I hope it does make a teen think twice before having unprotected sex.
hausfrau hausfrau 6 years
I expected this show to glamorize teen pregnancy too but after watching every ep in its entireity i can absolutely say that it doesn't.one teen couple put their baby up for adoption and i challenge anyone to watch that without bawling the entire time. another couple obviously was unstable and the girl was actually doing the right things - working hard to finish HS to get her diploma, applying to college, and ALWAYS watching her baby. in fact this show doesn't really show any positive side to teen pregnancy.
hausfrau hausfrau 6 years
I expected this show to glamorize teen pregnancy too but after watching every ep in its entireity i can absolutely say that it doesn't. one teen couple put their baby up for adoption and i challenge anyone to watch that without bawling the entire time. another couple obviously was unstable and the girl was actually doing the right things - working hard to finish HS to get her diploma, applying to college, and ALWAYS watching her baby. in fact this show doesn't really show any positive side to teen pregnancy.
lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
MissSushi; I'm so sorry if I came off like I was trying to chastise you - I wasn't at all. I totally agree with you...
planetkate planetkate 6 years
I agree wholeheartedly...all these shows do is glamorize teen pregnancy... MTV mommy is off buying her prom dress while baby is with grandma...who is also paying for the dress, of course. Sickening shows...very disappointing and unrealistic.
planetkate planetkate 6 years
I agree wholeheartedly...all these shows do is glamorize teen pregnancy...MTV mommy is off buying her prom dress while baby is with grandma...who is also paying for the dress, of course. Sickening shows...very disappointing and unrealistic.
MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
No, that was basically my point too. Who cares if i have unprotectd sex and get pregnant, ill just have my parents watch it like every other teen these days. If they are going to show teen pregnancy stories at all, they need to show the ones who have no parental help, who have to go to school, drop the kid off at daycare, and then go to work after school to pay for that daycare, and for food. Not the kids on welfare that never see their kid and continue with normal life.
lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
am I the only one who realizes that these shows do not convince teens to be more carful about getting pregnant, but makes teen pregnancy SEEM MORE NORMAL?! people think that these kind of things serve as a warning; but teenagers are unfortunately so impressionable and underparented that they see these bad examples and emulate them (whether they are conscious of it or not) - why are we allowing this stupid, illogical brainwashing?!!!!!
lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
am I the only one who realizes that thess shows does not convince teens to be more carful about getting pregnant, but makes teen pregnancy SEEM MORE NORMAL?! people think that these kind of things serve as a warning; but teenagers are unfortunately so impressionable and underparented that they see these bad examples and emulate them (whether they are conscious of it or not) - why are we allowing this stupid, illogical brainwashing?!!!!!
MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
The few bits and pieces ive seen are always the teen off with friends and the baby is nowhere near, being watched by the grandparents. Sorry, but that's complete crap, and i think its absurd to put them on tv. They arent raising the kids, their parents are. Life isn't "hard" when you don't take care of your own kids.
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