“16 and Pregnant” purports to educate young women about the hardships of teen pregnancy and young motherhood, but it seems its own cast isn’t paying attention.
At least six of the girls featured on the MTV docu-series became pregnant again.
Four “16” stars are currently pregnant. Season 3’s Kristina Robinson Head, whose baby daddy tragically drowned before their son Lukas was born, is expecting another boy with her husband, T.J. Head. Brooke Smitherman-Tarrant, the race-car driver featured in Season 2b, is expecting another baby with husband Cody in December 2012.
Season 1’s Ebony Jackson-Rendon made headlines with the revelation in April 2012 that she was pregnant with her second child. That’s because her daughter Jocelyn was placed in foster care at age 2 after Ebony and her husband, Josh, were arrested for endangering the welfare of a minor after police serving a search warrant found human and animal feces, flies and maggots throughout their home.
And Season 3’s Kianna Randall, who was arrested with her baby daddy for armed robbery, is also reportedly pregnant with her second child.
With the November 2011 birth of her daughter Arri, Season 3’s Jordan Ward Finder had two children under 2 years old.
“Teen Mom” star Leah Messer, who appeared on Season 2 of “16 and Pregnant” and has twins with her ex-husband Corey Simms, reportedly miscarried her baby with now husband Jeremy Calvert in early 2012.
Season 2’s Markai Durham also became pregnant again with her baby daddy, James, but the couple opted to have an abortion, documented in MTV’s controversial “No Easy Decision.”
And other “16 and Pregnant” alums have experienced pregnancy scares. Whitney Purvis, for example, was arrested for shoplifting after trying to steal a home pregnancy test at Wal-Mart. Mackenzie Douthit, just featured on “16 and Pregnant’s” fourth season, revealed on the reunion show that she and her bull-riding baby daddy Josh are sexually active without using any birth control whatsoever.
Even “Teen Mom” standout Maci Bookout expressed her desire to have another baby when her son was only 2 years old.
In the original “Teen Mom” cast members’ farewell special Tuesday (Oct. 3), all four mothers express their hope that viewers learned from their struggles, the many disadvantages they faced as young mothers and the importance of contraception in preventing teen pregnancy. Looks like not everyone is getting the message.