It's not all glitz and glam
As much as we love MTV’s Teen Mom, we know we have to take it with a grain of salt. The show began with 16 and Pregnant with the intent to expose the truths and hardships that came with being a teenage mother. For a while, it definitely worked. Teen pregnancies in the US have fallen drastically since the show aired and because the success MTV created the spin-off show Teen Mom.
In order to keep the show successful MTV needed to keep the drama alive with Teen Mom. As all parent companies of reality shows do, they pay their actors well, and send them on fancy vacations and activities to keep the content coming. The teen moms we see now are only a shadow of the girls we met back when they were featured on 16 and Pregnant. While we love to watch these girls and their lives, it no longer accurately represents what the life of an actual real life teen mom.
The Reddit community came together is several different forums to discuss the reality of teenage pregnancies and being a teen mom. Here are their stories.
#10 is just heartbreaking!