Interview with BRANDI EATON, 17

My name is Brandi, and I have a 13 month old little boy named Jase. I was in my senior year of high school when I got pregnant. I never thought I would be pregnant at such a young age because I had really big dreams and I loved playing volleyball. Everyone I went to school with was completely shocked when they found out and I felt like I let a lot of people down. But what almost everyone does not know is that my pregnancy was not an accident. My boyfriend and I were trying to have a baby because we thought it would "solve" problems in our relationship. We weren't allowed to date each other because my mom wouldn't let us, it was a constant battle and she banned us from seeing each other so our plan was to get pregnant and live "happily ever after". And obviously we were not using any kind of protection because we wanted to get pregnant.

How is teen parenthood different than you thought it would be?
Everyone growing up always told me how hard being a teenage mom would be, but no one ever warned me about the strain and struggles it would put on my relationship with the baby's father. We thought we had it all figured out, but we were surprised to discover that getting pregnant just stressed us out even more. Notonly that but I was so sick my whole pregnancy. Some people get morning sickness but I was sick 24 hours a day, seven days a week, almost the whole nine months. I brought ziploc baggies with me everywhere because I would get sick in the car. It was not fun! I love my son and I would not trade him for ANYTHING in this whole world, but being a teen mom is so much different than I thought it would be.

How has your life changed since your pregnancy?
Before I got pregnant I wanted to have four kids, now I never want to be pregnant again. Before I got pregnant I made straight A's in high school, then after, I wasn't even sure if I would graduate high school! I work a full-time job and take college classes at night. And even working full time and my husband also working full time, I am trying to get a second job to make ends meet.

Why do you want to share your story with other teens?
I wanted to share my story with everyone because it is different than most. Mine wasn't an accident, but that didn't make it any less challenging and I just want every other teen out there to know that it is not an easy thing to take on. So just do the right thing and just wait. Be safe, abstinence is key, but I know for a lot of you that may not happen, so take all the precautions, use condoms, and birth control! I promise that you will be a better person for yourself and for your FUTURE family if you wait until you are older.

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