By Amy Kramer of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
Maci certainly didn’t see her third pregnancy coming: During tonight's Teen Mom OG premiere, the young mother thought she had gained weight (understandable since after two kids and just growing up, your body goes through lots of changes). That was the case, but not the entire story.
And when her fiancé Taylor asked her if she might be pregnant again (relive the scene below), she thinks he’s crazy.
“Have you lost your mind?" she declared. "We’d have two kids under two. We’d need a bigger car, a bigger house…." He suggested she take a pregnancy test, and she recalled her experience with Bentley.
“I took a pregnancy test when I was 16 and didn’t cry then, but if this one says positive..." she began. Needless to say, the test was positive.
We all remember Maci’s first pregnancy, back when she was in high school and dating Ryan (it's how 16 and Pregnant began). But unplanned pregnancy among women in their early 20s is actually a lot more common than it is among teens.
Women ages 20-24 are four times more likely to have an unintended pregnancy than girls ages 15-17. To put it another way: Among 15-17 year-olds, only about 20 out of every 1,000 girls have an unplanned pregnancy every year. For women 20-24, it’s 81 out of 1,000. If you think about it, that makes sense since women in their 20s have more sex than teens do.
We all know about teen pregnancy, but unplanned pregnancy among young women can be just as discombobulating. Sometimes even more so. Often times, women in their early 20s are just learning how to live on their own, they’re not in committed relationships and they’re not financially stable. Not exactly the best circumstances for bringing a child into the world. Maci’s situation is different. Although she was not planning for this pregnancy, she’s in a strong relationship, she’s got a steady income and she has experience being a parent already.
The bottom line is that unplanned pregnancy happens a lot. Among single women in their 20s, seven out of 10 pregnancies are unplanned. And the only way to avoid adding a brand-new addition, besides not having sex at all, is to use birth control carefully and consistently. Find out what methods might work for you at Bedsider.org. And tune in to the next episode of Teen Mom OG on Monday at 10/9c to see how everyone else reacts to Maci’s news!