I Made It Through Teenage Pregnancy—Here’s How to Survive Almost Anything - Finds.Life.Church

I Made It Through Teenage Pregnancy—Here’s How to Survive Almost Anything

by Taylor Ketron

Have you ever faced something and thought, There’s no way I’m going to make it through this? Did that journey start on what felt like a never-ending path of darkness? Was hope the most impossible thing to find? I’ve been there, and I know that feeling all too well. Teenage pregnancy can seem like the end of your life. But I survived. And I’ve learned the keys to surviving just about anything!

I was two months away from high school graduation when I heard the scariest two words a teen like me could hear from a doctor: “You’re pregnant.” In a moment, my world turned upside down. Every plan I had for what would come next in life seemed to fall apart, and I was terrified. My mom was with me and we both just cried. Every emotion was present over the next few months as my new reality set in and I began my journey toward motherhood.  

It’s been over 10 years since that day, and while it hasn’t always been easy, the time has allowed me to see God’s persistent love for us in a whole new way. Whether you find yourself in a situation with an unplanned pregnancy, or you know someone going through it, I want to share three things that are helpful to remember when times get tough.

If you’re a family member, friend, or church leader of a teen mom, you play a huge part in the success of this new family. There’s no way I would be where I am without the love and support of my community. People who were willing to throw baby showers, check in on me, and love on my sweet little girl. The three points above aren’t just for someone going through teenage pregnancy—they’re also for you! You can help a teen mom see that she’s forgiven and move past whatever shame or hurt she carries. You can believe in her and cheer her on to accomplish her goals. Believe that God has great things for her and her child! And you can’t quit, either. There will come a day when your wisdom and support are needed, and you will stand ready and able to pour into her!

No one ever wishes for a trial, but they come anyway. The next time you find yourself staring down a hopeless path, remember to drop the shame, believe God has a purpose, and just keep going!