Playing With: Teen Pregnancy

Basic Trope: A teenage girl becomes pregnant.
  • Straight: Alice, age 16, finds she is pregnant not long after she lost her virginity to her boyfriend, Bob.
  • Exaggerated:
    • As a trend, every girl in Alice's class becomes pregnant.
    • Alice had sex for the first time, at age 10, and got pregnant before she even had her first period.
  • Downplayed: Alice becomes pregnant, but she is a 19-year-old college student, not a High School or Junior High student.
  • Justified:
    • Teenagers can become pregnant, and may not necessarily be educated about birth control and its proper use, especially in places with abstinence-only sex education, or with none to speak of.
    • The story is set during a time period where there was no period of adolescence; a girl was considered a marriageable adult as soon as she had her first period and married off.
    • Alice had no intention of having sex until she was an adult, yet unfortunatly she was Date Raped. She goes through with the pregnancy because she either doesn't believe in abortions or didn't find out she was pregnant until it was too late.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice becomes pregnant, but she is well past childbearing age.
    • She may be of childbearing age, but she is an adult with the means to support the child, and a long-term partner to help her.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice thinks she's pregnant, but it turns out to be a false alarm.
    • Alice has an abortion or a Convenient Miscarriage early in the pregnancy.
  • Double Subverted:
    • But then she actually does become pregnant.
    • But then she gets pregnant again, and decides this time to keep the baby (after lots of angsting over what happened last time).
  • Parodied: Alice and Bob have sex. Bob somehow becomes pregnant.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Alice is 21 when she becomes pregnant, not technically a teenager, yet still extremely young to be having a child.
    • Alice found an abandoned egg and decided to raise it. While not counted as pregnancy, she is taking care of it and would have to pay for its expenses after it hatches.
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: The producers of the show decide to do a Very Special Episode to warn viewers about the danger of having sex. In the episode, Alice and Bob have sex and Alice becomes pregnant. After all, Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped. Alice either gives birth and doesn't know what to do with the baby, or miscarries and says, "That was too close a call. No more vaginal sex for me."
  • Lampshaded: "I can't have a baby! I'm only 16!"
  • Invoked: Alice and Bob have sex. Alice either convinced Bob not to use a condom, or sabotage the protection.
  • Exploited: Alice tries The Baby Trap, in an attempt to get Bob to stay with her.
  • Defied:
  • Discussed: "I can imagine it's tough to have a baby while you're still in high school."
  • Conversed: "So Alice is pregnant? Then she'll miscarry. Trust me. That's how other shows handle Teen Pregnancy episodes."
  • Implied: Alice is around 21 years old, while her son, Carlos, is 5.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: Carlos is 5 years old, and in one episode, Alice claims to be 21. This was originally an oversight on the part of the writers (who didn't calculate the difference between the two characters' ages), but they decide to make it canon.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice has a lot of foibles during her pregnancy, but takes it all in stride.
  • Deconstructed: This is going to cause a lot of problems for Alice. She is not educated enough to qualify for a job that will allow her to support herself and the baby, and all her dreams for the future will have to be put on hold. And Bob may not stay with her. Or, if she decides not to keep the baby, she'll probably suffer some Angst, and might endure scorn from others. On the subject of "scorn from others," she'll have to endure people whispering as she starts to show, because of My Girl Is Not a Slut. And let's not even mention Morning Sickness and other "joys" of pregnancy, and how that might affect her at school, or what her parents might do.
  • Reconstructed: Alice has people who love and support her, no matter what. They make sure her pregnancy is a safe and healthy one, and help her either care for the baby, or find an adoption agency to give it to at birth. If she decides to keep the baby, Alice manages to balance completing high school (or at least getting a GED), holding a job, and taking care of the baby. And, of course, either Bob marries her, or Alice's parents raise the baby as her brother rather than her son.

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