A recent study was just released in advance of the “Teen Mom 2” Season 5 premiere claiming that two MTV shows, “16 and Pregnant” and the “Teen Mom” spinoff, have helped reduce the U.S. teen birth rate. “Teen Mom 2” star Chelsea Houska was really pleased by the results of the study and hopes the new season will continue to have that positive effect.
So why does Houska think her show has lowered the teen birth rate? “I think that girls are able to see what a teen pregnancy and teen motherhood is really like [on “Teen Mom”],” Houska tells Zap2it. “This is reality. They see the struggles we’re going through and can decide if that’s what they want for their lives right now.”
Houska also believes that through shows like “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom,” a dialogue about teen pregnancy has been opened up like never before. “We’re getting the word out about different forms of birth control and how you need to stay safe,” Houska says. “We’re getting people to talk about that subject a lot more than they were before.”
This season on “Teen Mom 2,” Houska is excited for viewers to see her make mature decisions about her future. “I’m excited for people to see me moving on from all the things that were holding me back and achieving things I’ve been working towards in previous seasons,” Houska says. “And also the kids are growing up and talking and it’s so fun to watch that.”
So what can viewers expect to see from Houska this season? “This season I finish school and you’ll see some trouble with [ex] Adam [Lind]. He has another baby so people are going to see how I dealt with that whole situation,” Houska says. “I’m sort of nervous to see what Adam says about me when I’m not there. It’s so weird to be able to watch back and see what people say about you when you’re not around. I’m really nervous to see that.”
In the five seasons since “Teen Mom 2” first premiered, Houska knows that she’s changed in a lot of ways. “I guess I’m maturing and realizing that my relationship with Adam was unhealthy,” Houska says. “Getting away from that and realizing that I wasn’t going to have that perfect family that I always wanted and being okay with that because I realized there are other ways to have that. I don’t necessarily have to be with the father of my child if it’s unhealthy. Plus, finishing school and moving on with my life was good for me.”
Houska credits the unique experience of being on the MTV reality show for helping her grow up and make better decisions. “It’s nice because you can look back and see what you need to work on and you can go back and be reminded of how bad a relationship was,” Houska says. “If I was planning on going back to Adam, which I’m not, it’s helpful to go back and see how bad things really were. I wanted to prove to everyone that I could be a good influence and a good mom so this has been a tool to help me be the best I can be.”
And as for Houska’s daughter, Aubree will have a big season of her own. “Aubree starts preschool this season so that was a big milestone for her. It’s fun to see how much she’s learning and taking in from school,” Houska says. “I think people will enjoy it this season. They can relate to us because a lot of people are having the same problems that we’re having. So it’s nice to see that they’re not alone. And also, we have really cute babies.”
“Teen Mom 2” Season 5 premieres Tuesday (Jan. 21) at 10 p.m. ET on MTV.