Pregnancy in Late Teens

Juanita - Denton, North Carolina
Entered on September 30, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
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I look around me every day and see that almost all of my closest friends are pregnant. I keep thinking that they are too young. I know it seems strange, but I believe that seventeen and eighteen years old is a bit too young to be getting pregnant. I know that most of them were by accident, but I have at least one friend whom has been wanting to have a baby since she was about sixteen.

I have always promised myself that I would not get pregnant until I have a steady career, a good husband, and a safe home. I do not understand why these young girls are not even married and they are having babies. I believe that even though the couple that created the “Baby Think it Over” Program had good intentions, those babies are in many cases making girls want to have childeren even more. I believe that those girls are finding it so wonderful to have another life to make their’s better.

I always thought I would be the last one of my oldest friends to get married and have childeren, but I never thought that it would actually happen. One of my friends was already engaged when she found out that she is pregnant; another one of my friends got engaged after she found out she was pregnant; yet another of my friends is eighteen and the babies father is (or was the last time I talked to her) fifteen. I think that everything is going crazy and I cannot understand why.

I have always told every boy and man that I have dated that there is no possible way that I am going to allow them to get me pregnant before I marry. I am personally taking every step that I can to make sure that everything stays according to my personal plan that I made for myself a long time ago, that includes staying abstienent. I do not want to become another statistic on some big survey. I will not let that happen. I am not saying that everyone out there should follow in my steps, I am just telling you that this is my opinion and my belief.