pregnancy journey

Teen mom shares photos right after having her baby versus now that she's grown

‘I was 15 and pregnant. No one ever asked my boyfriend any questions. No one ever gave him dirty looks at the store.’: Teen mom advocates for right to choose ‘with love, support, and help for ANY decision’

“Some say, ‘If you don’t want the baby you should just put ‘it’ up for adoption.’ As if putting ‘it’ up for adoption is the easy thing. As if pregnancy leaves no scars. As if once the child is born, she could move on as if nothing ever happened.”

On the left, man and woman embrace lovingly, on the right, teen mom holds her newborn before placing the baby with it's adoptive parents

‘How could I have been so selfish for getting pregnant?’ At 18, there was someone growing inside of me.’: Teen birth mom shares emotional adoption plan, ‘I knew they’d never go a day without being loved’

“The rush to the bathroom every morning, the little kicks in my stomach, the constant embarrassment – it was a lot to deal with at such a young age in such a small town. The guilt was eating at me. Then I found them. A picture of a couple and 2 tiny pairs of shoes underneath a sign reading: waiting for you.”

‘Why the heck not?’ I had this crazy intense urge to be pregnant, but I didn’t want another kid. ‘Omg, I could help another family have a child!’: Mom of 2 shares journey to surrogacy

“The idea bounced around in the back of my mind, on again off again, not really sure if it was even there. But it was; the idea stuck, and it didn’t leave. I realized I had a gift, this ability to provide a safe and perfect place for those tiny little cells to grow into a living, breathing baby. I knew in my heart I wanted to share it.”

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