Comparing: Teenage Pregnancy and Teen Mom Essay

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Alejandro Carrillo
English 101
Troubled Times Have you ever imagined yourself pregnant at age 16? Well, there are other teenagers who brought it upon themselves to have that outcome. Some people who accidentally came out with a baby bump, found out about a show that was created to help people realize how hard raising a child is. Out of all the people who applied on a few people appeared on the show 16 and pregnant thereafter, followed up with the sequel Teen Mom. Both shows are rather interesting, and have helped America see the real life struggles of being 16 and pregnant. While the cast agreed to air the follow up sequel Teen Mom, they knew it would help people their age make wiser decisions about sexual intercourse at such a young age. Although Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant have a familiar cast, they demonstrate the ideally diverse struggles, maturity stages, and differences in each of the couples’ family interpretations of how life should change after the baby is born. These two shows are very identical. The show 16 and pregnant follows the stories of pregnant teenage girls in high school dealing with the hardships of teenage pregnancy. Each episode features a different teenage girl, with the episode typically beginning when she is four and a half months to eight months into her pregnancy. While Teen Mom follows up the lives of the four girls from the first season of 16 and Pregnant as they navigate their first years of motherhood. The series also focuses on the themes of their changing relationships between family, friends, and boys, while highlighting the struggles teenage mothers have to go through to raise their children. In every relationship there is basically the same issue. The biggest struggle in being 16 and pregnant is the changes in lifestyle that the girls have to sacrifice. While in Teen Mom their struggles are at a different stage and are more on the stability portion. The girls have sacrificed their teenage years by giving up going to house parties, drinking, going out on dates, and meeting new people. In order for them to have their problems in check, they must come to an agreement with their significant other about how they will handle their child’s responsibilities, and the tasks that lie ahead. The maturity in each and every single girl develops as the seasons go by. As fans, people can tell the way the girls handled every situation thrown at them when they were 16, apart from when