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Growing up, with a bump or so along the way.

Jenna: I can't believe it, Alli. I'm pregnant...and I'm a teenager. I'm a...
Alli: ...pregnant teenager?

A stock plot. An adolescent girl who hasn't finished her education, her maturation of body and mind, and isn't in a stable relationship gets pregnant. (Don't expect the father to stick around if he's similarly underage.) The actual age at which the pregnancy isn't an issue anymore varies according to these factors.

This trope is usually the result of adolescents fooling around without protection or not fully understanding the biology and mechanics at work, though in particularly dark works it may result from rape. Another possibility is that the girl gets pregnant from the very first time she has sex, driving home the message that even a single night of indiscretion can have far-reaching consequences.

The typical fictional teenager generally tries to hide the pregnancy from their parents for as long as possible, which never actually equates to when they start looking visibly pregnant. This may ultimately result in a Prom Baby. For situations in which the kid in question is hiding it from others besides the parents, see also Stigmatic Pregnancy Euphemism.


Since Status Quo Is God, the majority of earlier television series and other American media usually have the young mother suffer a Convenient Miscarriage or else put the baby up for adoption. If this is a soap opera, you can count on the child returning to find their real parents as soon as they reach adulthood, which usually takes about ten years. This can even affect shows that aren't so long-running as to portray the teenage mother growing up since an adult character can be revealed to have given up a child for adoption as a teenager as a plot point.

Another option to avoid scandal is for the girl's parents to raise their grandchild as their own, such that the baby grows up particularly close with their "big sister." This usually leads to no shortage of angst all around when the truth inevitably comes out. More recently, such underage mothers in Darker and Edgier shows may simply abort the baby, although this is still extremely rare. Even more recently, there's been a trend toward keeping and raising the baby with all the attendant comedy and drama this may bring, although this is hardly exclusive to the most recent works.


This is a very common reason for a character to be a Tragic Dropout.

Truth in Television, to the existence of no small number of children.


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  • In a campaign to reduce the incidence of this trope in real life, the city of Chicago ran an awareness campaign featuring pregnant teenage boys to draw attention to the problem.
  • Played for Laughs in a Burger King commercial for chicken fries: a teenage hen gets pregnant by a pack of French fries.
  • Deconstructed in this PSA that poses as a commercial for a fashion doll called "Teen Mommy Darci." The teen mom doll is unemployed, lives in a trailer with no child support, and can't get in contact with her "Teen Daddy Darren." An alternate ad advertises the equally-hapless "Action Teen Father." The message of both PSAs is that teen pregnancy isn't fun.

  • In Robin, Stephanie Brown (then the Spoiler and later the third Batgirl) realized she was pregnant during the Batman Cataclysm storyline, and was temporarily Put on a Bus until she gave birth. She decided to give the baby up for adoption and even refused to learn the gender so she wouldn't get attached. Batman later revealed to her that she'd had a daughter during Batman: War Games.
  • Raquel from Icon found out she was pregnant right around the time her superhero career began. Unlike Steph, she decided to keep her son, whom she named Amistad.
  • Trouble infamously tried to do this, focusing on the relationships of Spider-Man's parents, Uncle Ben, and Aunt May as teens and retconning that Peter himself was the product of an affair his father Richard and May had. Needless to say, it was hated and declared to not be in canon with the Marvel Universe.

    Fairy Tales 
  • Rapunzel gets pregnant by her visiting lover, the local Prince. In the original version, she even reveals her lover's existence to her "mother" by asking her "Why is my dress getting so tight around my belly?" This line was apparently considered too blunt by the Grimms since in their second version of the tale they Bowdlerised/Disneyfied it to "Mother you are much heavier to lift than my lover." In any case, the Prince got her pregnant (sometimes with twins, sometimes with only one kid); she lived alone and raised her kid/kids on her own until she was reunited with him years later. Of course, the Disney animated version left out pregnancy completely, as do most adaptations (save for the anime, although it was careful to explain that the Prince and Rapunzel had secretly married).

    Fan Works 
  • Khaos Omega has only truly used it twice; 'Samurai Angel' was the event sequence in which both cases appeared. Anise's luck problems forced her to have her first pair of twins at 17 (her plan was to wait until after turning 18 before even conceiving) while her younger teammate Natsume conceived at 12; both girls are high-ranking Rainbow Angels, Natsume getting her dream pregnancy thanks to a Soul Bond trigger change.

    Film — Animation 
  • It has been confirmed via Word of God that Mama Imelda from Coco got married to Hector when she was 18 and he was 17. She had their daughter, the titular Coco, the following year. Granted this was the 1910s so this is definitely Deliberate Values Dissonance as it wasn’t uncommon back then.
  • Implied in Treasure Planet. According to the art book, Sarah married at seventeen and became pregnant with Jim "sooner than expected". Her nineteen-year-old husband couldn't handle a wife and son, so he ran off when Jim was eight.

    Film — Live Action 
  • Gertrude Baniszewski told her ward Sylvia Likens in An American Crime (based on the true crime) that she had her oldest daughter Paula at a young age. Paula herself gets pregnant by her cheating boyfriend (though somehow doesn't show after months have passed). Gertrude is unable to deal with the thought that Paula made the same mistake she did, leading her to blame poor Sylvia and ultimately torture her to death.
  • In Beyond the Lights, Macy was just 17 when she had Noni (after getting knocked up by a guy who "didn't give a shit" about her).
  • The Britney Spears film Crossroads (2002) features Mimi pregnant as she graduates from high school. She later confesses that it was conceived via date rape and it's then revealed that Kit's fiancee was said rapist. When this is revealed, Mimi falls down the stairs and loses the baby.
  • Coach Carter has a subplot where one of the basketball players got his girlfriend pregnant. She ends up getting an abortion after she realises she won't be able to be a good mother to it.
  • Parodied in Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, where the father of Ashtray (played by Shawn Wayans) is played by Lahmard Tate, who is about a year younger than Wayans. This is a Running Gag through the entire movie, with things like Ashtray reminiscing about changing his father's diapers, and going to a party his dad is too young to attend. This was poking fun at the fact that Lawrence Fishburne, who played the father of Cuba Gooding Jr's character in Boyz n the Hood, is only about seven years older than Gooding.
  • Eight Legged Freaks: Kari Wührer was 35 at the time of filming, but her character Sheriff Samantha Parker, a divorced mother with two teenagers, doesn't really look the part. It gets some explanation when her daughter Ashley (played by then-18-years-old Scarlett Johansson) reveals during an argument between them that Sam got pregnant with her at age 16.
  • This is the primary drama of For Keeps where Darcy and Stan, high school seniors, are forced to grow up rapidly when Darcy gets pregnant after a weekend encounter.
  • In Gimme Shelter (2014), Agnes "Apple" Bailey gets pregnant from the one time she had sex with some random guy and seeks to find a safe place for herself and her baby away from her abusive mother.
  • The premise of several Lifetime Movies of the Week : "Fifteen and Pregnant", "Too Young To Be A Dad", and "Mom at Sixteen". Too Young to be a Dad features a similar inversion to Juno with the girl being experienced and the boy knocking her up during his first time.
  • Cynthia from Secrets & Lies was 15 when she had Hortense.
  • In SHAZAM! (2019), it's revealed that Marilyn Batson was only 17-years-old when Billy was born. After a combination of this, her parents disowning her and her partner getting arrested, Marilyn decided to abandon Billy at the local fair after seeing him with a couple of police officers.
  • In Sugar & Spice, Diane Weston (Marley Shelton) is a popular high school cheerleader whose life revolves around her boyfriend Jack (James Marsden) and cheerleading, as she is the captain of her school's "A-Squad". However, when Diane becomes pregnant by Jack, her life falls apart as her parents disown her. She moves in with Jack, and the two quickly get jobs, but Diane quickly realizes that Jack lacks the financial skills to provide for her and their child. Diane confides to her fellow cheerleaders about her problems and the group come up with a way for Diane to make the money she needs: robbing banks.
  • In the classic horror film Poltergeist, the father gives a rundown of the ages of his family to the paranormal investigators he needs to hire. The ages match up where his wife had his oldest daughter, when she was sixteen while he was already a grown man past 21. This is treated as normal.
  • In 2:37, Melody is pregnant with her brother Marcus' child.
  • Vox Lux: Celeste got pregnant with Albertine while still a teenager.
  • The opening scene of Jack the Reaper has Shawn's girlfriend telling him that she is pregnant, and that she plans to keep the baby. Later in the film, Shawn resolves that if he makes it out of this alive, he is going to stand by her and be the best husband and father he can. He doesn't make it.
  • Where the Heart Is (2000) has a pregnant 17-year-old name Novalee being abandoned by her boyfriend at a Walmart, where she lives in secret and she eventually gives birth.
  • In Diablo Cody's Juno, 16-year-old Juno Mc Guff discovers she's pregnant and plans to give her baby up for adoption.
  • In Manny And Lo, two runaway sisters (Scarlett Johansson, Aleksa Palladino) kidnap a bizarre shop clerk after one sister discovers she is pregnant and hole up in an isolated model home.

  • In Tyler Perry's Precious, 16-year-old Precious discovers she is pregnant again from her sexually abusive father and seeks an alternative school as well as escape from her equally abusive mother.

  • In Saved!, a religious teenager discovers her boyfriend is gay and attempts to "cure" him of his homosexuality. She winds up pregnant because of it.

  • "Annie Got A Baby" by Hank Ballard actually caused controversy in 1954 for being about this topic.
  • Vaporwave artist Blank Banshee literally has a song called "Teen Pregnancy", which samples Spike from Degrassi Junior High saying "I'm just a was just a little mistake."
  • French song "Aurélie", by Colonel Reyel, has a very dark take on the situation: even though Aurélie is actually okay with being pregnant, her boyfriend ditches her and her family kicks her out, resulting in a pregnant 16-year-old on the street, desperate for a job, a roof, and someone to guide her. The song advocates more support for girls in her situation.
  • "Slide" by Goo Goo Dolls. According to Word of God, the song tells a story about May, a teenage girl in a Catholic environment, who ends up getting pregnant (by her teen boyfriend, no less) and gets her family upset; she and said boyfriend are both discussing on whether they can get married or get an abortion.
  • Implied in the song "Run Joey Run".
  • "National Haiku Contest" by The Fugs, from It Crawled Into My Hand, Honest:
    "Do not tell me I am the source of your knock-up"
  • John Hiatt's "Good as She Could Be" is about a woman who had a baby at eighteen.
  • Kenny Chesney's "There Goes My Life" follows a teenage father as he deals with his child growing up.
  • "Runaway Love" by Ludacris has a preteen example. An eleven-year-old ends up pregnant by her sixteen-year-old boyfriend. He dumps her and her family can't afford an abortion so she runs away.
  • Most of the Cher song "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" centers around how the singer ended up an unwed teenage mother.
  • "Rock'n'roll Lullaby", written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, recorded by B. J. Thomas. The lyrics say:
    "She was just 16 and all alone
  • In Smash Mouth's "Nervous in the Alley," a 15-year-old runs away from home because she's pregnant.
  • Madonna's song "Papa Don't Preach" from True Blue is about a teenage girl who wants to keep her baby (and her boyfriend has offered to marry her, while her friends tell her "Give Him a Normal Life instead!") and confronts her father about it.
  • "Brenda's Got a Baby" by Tupac Shakur (Tear Jerker alert!) has a preteen example. A twelve-year-old girl gets pregnant by her much older cousin, who leaves her after she reveals her pregnancy. Brenda's parents don't care about their pregnant daughter so, having no support, she gives birth in a public bathroom and dumps the baby. She saves the baby and runs away from home. To support herself, Brenda tries to deal drugs but ends up robbed, so she turns to prostitution. At the end, Brenda is killed.

    Mythology and Religion 
  • Deirdre from Deirdre of the Sorrows is has just about reached marriageable age in Gaelic Iron-Age Ireland (15 years for women, 18 years for men) when she falls in love with Naoise and they flee Ulster to Scotland with Naoise's brothers to escape the wrath of King Conchobhar of Ulster, who wants Deirdre all to himself; in some versions of the tale, Deirdre and Naoise have a son, Gaiar, and a daughter, Aebgreine, during their self-imposed exile.
  • The Virgin Mary (mother of Jesus) seems to be considered a teenage mom, both in the Catholic faith and in popular interpretation. Justified because Jesus is her first born, and because she is "untouched" at the moment of conceiving. The gospel of Jacob (one of the apocryphals), states that Mary was down to thirteen when Gabriel called on her. Although to be fair, the canonical texts do not specifically state how old Mary actually was when she conceived Jesus. Given that people in that time and place tended to marry young, it can be inferred that she was likely somewhere in her teens when it happened.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Lisa in Funky Winkerbean got pregnant and gave the baby, a son, up for adoption way back when, back before the first time skip. Before she died, Lisa was able to reunite with her son, revealed to be Darin Fairgood.
  • A story arc in Zits had Jeromy, Hector and Pierce portrayed as heavily pregnant while in their high school. After three days of contextless agony, it's revealed that the boys were forced to wear empathy bellies after laughing at teen pregnancy in a sex-ed class.
  • Arlo And Janis: Mary Lou got pregnant and had Meg when she was fourteen. She later married Gene, who is two years younger than she is.

  • Albert Herring begins with Loxford's town brass in a state of high moral panic regarding the rising birthrate among unwed girls (no ages are stated):
    Superintendent: Her Ladyship was very distressed when she heard about Curtis's daughter.
    Vicar: They tell me that's her third!
    Miss Wordsworth (simultaneously): Appalling!
    Superintendent: She won't confess the father, silly girl!
    Mayor: It's happening far too often!
    Miss Wordsworth: Lily Jarvis is another problem!
    Superintendent: Twins, if you please!
    Vicar: Drunken father, mother a slattern—these things breed immorality in the young!
    Miss Wordsworth (simultaneously): Their poor children!...
    Mayor: Something must be done!
  • Sylvia in All Shook Up had her daughter Lorraine young, revealed in a passing remark that falling in love as a teenager is what caused Lorraine to be born.
  • Ivy in Bare: A Pop Opera gets pregnant at 17, which is made even more tragic by the fact that the father never even loved her in the first place and was just using her as a rebound and to try and convince himself that he wasn't actually gay after breaking up with his boyfriend.
  • Madame Butterfly is about a fifteen year old Japanese girl who marries an American naval officer. He leaves her for three years and in that timespan it's revealed she's had his child. When he returns, it turns out he's left her for an American woman. Butterfly ends up giving her son to the duo and then killing herself.
  • It's implied in Pokémon Live! that Delia had Ash as a teen. There are implications that Ash's biological father may actually be Giovanni. Delia was a part of Team Rocket as a teenager but left when she met her future husband.
  • In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet's mother says she was already a mother at Juliet's current age (nearly 14) in justification of Juliet's Arranged Marriage with Paris. Which was normal... back then, as girls from rich families got married around that age to cement alliances, and also so they'd have as many kids as possible and not be a burden for their parents. Poorer women would marry later (around 23 or older), as they and their possible suitors would take far more time to gather enough money for a decent-sized dowry and household, and legally male and female apprentices could not marry until they completed their indenture.
  • Spring Awakening: Wendla gets pregnant at age 14. Her baby is never born, as she dies of a botched abortion.
  • Mrs. Walker at the beginning of the 1993 musical of Tommy, who is pregnant at age 16 during World War II.

    Video Games 
  • Fallout 4 has a location where you can find the skeleton of a girl who ran away from home to a family cabin after fighting with her parents because she got pregnant. Unfortunately, that was the day the nukes fell; the poor girl seems to have starved to death.
  • Teenager Katarin is pregnant with Duane's child in Final Fantasy VI... an odd rarity in video games.
  • In an even more obtuse example, Cloud from Final Fantasy VII had a young mother whose age is given in an art book as 33. Since we only encounter her in one scene in which Cloud is 16, this means she had him when she was about 17. She's also a single parent, though Cloud claims this is because his father died, and apparently doesn't have the same last name as her son.
  • As a franchise set in a medieval environment, this happens frequently in Fire Emblem:
    • Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War has a few first-generation parents (or potential parents) who are very young, such as Sylvia (14 in the game, 16 in one of the mangas), Raquesis (15), Dew (14) and Deirdre (17 in the manga). It's not incongruous with the medieval setting, though.
    • In Fire Emblem Awakening, kids no older than 14-17 (Lissa, Ricken, Nowi, or Donnel, and probably Maribelle and Henry) are said to become parents. While in most cases it's due to their children having come from the future, a few potential pairings result in this occurring normally. It can also be the case of the Avatar and his/her child Morgan, should the player style the Avatar according to the younger and cuter Second Build.
    • It takes place again in Fire Emblem Fates, where kids between 14 and 16 (Mozu, Sakura, Elise and Hayato) or just a little older (Leo or Takumi) also become parents, and this time this occurs more or less normally and the kids get aged up in pocket dimensions. Again, the Avatar and his/her kid Kana (and any other potential kids of them) are a case of this, since the Avatar is canonically in his/her mid-to-late teens this time.
  • Jessie from HuniePop had her daughter, Tiffany, at the age of 16.
  • Joel from The Last of Us had his daughter Sarah before he could go to college.
  • Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail! has Nailmi and Wydoncha Jugg, a mother-and-daughter pair of country/western singers who look almost identical. This being the often self-aware Larry series, the game hangs a lampshade on this, implying that Nailmi gave birth to Wydoncha at an improbably young age. It's also because the characters are parodies of real Naomi and Wynonna Judd who went through a similar thing.
  • Pokémon has this in the games too, though one that you'd have to look for. In the Sinnoh games Professor Oak is 50 years old, making him 47 in the Kanto games. Professor Oak is a grandfather to not only an 11-year-old Blue at that point, but also has Blue's older sister Daisy. At best he'd have to be 37 when Blue was born, which raises some interesting questions about both how old Blue and Daisy's parents are/were, and even how old Professor Oak was.
  • Understable as she was a... *ahem*... working girl in the 1890s but Abigail from Red Dead Redemption was 17 when she got pregnant with her son Jack.
  • Heather from Silent Hill 3 is pregnant... for some reason, carrying an unborn god inside her womb. And she does not look like a pregnant woman at all. It doesn't seem to work as a traditional pregnancy would, though, considering that it's caused by the will of a cultist, and the fact that Heather saves herself by vomiting said unborn god out of her body.
  • Teens cannot Woo-hoo in any The Sims games however one of the most popular mods involves activating it. Teen pregnancy is a popular theme in the Sims community. Many Self Imposed Challenges and stories revolve around it.
  • Can be invoked in Story of Seasons. Several bachelorettes, such as Luna from Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility and Lumina from Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life, are of marriage age but are under twenty. You can court them, marry them, and have a child with them.
  • A Very Long Rope to the Top of the Sky: Moira had Gainer when she was about 16.
  • In The Suicide of Rachel Foster, we learn through the beginning of the game that 50-year-old Leonard McGrath (Nicole Wilson's dad) got Rachel pregnant when she was 16. And this occurred before her death.

    Visual Novels 
  • While not mentioned directly, in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, we know from near the beginning that Apollo was abandoned as a baby and we later find out his mother is Thalassa Gramarye. If you work out the ages (Apollo is 22, she is 40), she would have been 18 when she fell.
    • Sanae Furukawa gave birth to Nagisa at a young age. Of course, it doesn't really matter since she seems to be eternally youthful.
    • Seems to be very common in Clannad or just Key's works in general. Tomoya's mother also gave birth to him shortly after marrying her husband. His parents married when his father was still in school.
    • Seems to run in the family. Nagisa gets pregnant shortly after marrying Tomoya, though she avoids this trope (she gives birth shortly after her 21st birthday). It's actually Tomoya who's the teenager having a child (he's around a year or maybe two younger than Nagisa, who was Held Back in School).
  • Grisaia Series: Most of the game's endings which do feature the couple having kids have it happen after they've graduated and grown up. However, in the ending of Eden of Grisaia, Michiru winds up pregnant at 17, mostly because she didn't have a clue about birth control. It's implied that most of the other girls intend on getting pregnant soon afterward to nudge Yuuji into a Marry Them All situation.
  • Eighteen-year-old Hanako from Katawa Shoujo was supposed to end up pregnant in her Good End, however it was changed because the writers didn't want to make light of teen pregnancy. The finalized ending tones it down into a more ambiguous Visual Pun.
  • Sakura's mother in Kare wa kanojo was seduced and impregnated by her then-teacher.
  • It can happen in School Days, and the teen moms-to-be are Hikari, Setsuna,Kotonoha and Sekai (this one's VERY messy, tho.)
    • In the Spin-Off Shiny Days, Natsumi gave birth to the game's heroine Inori when she was a teen. And in another Spin-Off known as Cross Days, if you play Ai Yamagata's route, Yuki knocks her up as well.
  • In Shinrai: Broken Beyond Despair, if you compare Rihatsu's birth date(March 1975) with that of her first daughter, Reiko(November 1992), you'll see that Rihatsu gave birth when she was seventeen years old.
  • In the bishoujo game Ko-ko-ro... 0, Kasumi Kuonji is revealed to be one in one of the possible endings of the game. Her baby's name? Souji. Yes, Kasumi, originally presented in the original Ko-ko-ro... as being Souji's older sister, is possibly his MOTHER.
  • In Umineko: When They Cry, Beatrice Ushiromiya, first introduced in EP3 as the Beatrice from 1967, is revealed to have had this. She was, in fact, Kinzo's illegitimate daughter with his secret lover Beatrice Castiglioni, but her mother's Death by Childbirth drove Kinzo into such despair that he eventually deluded himself into believing that she was her mother's reincarnation, and it's all but outright stated that he raped her, making her pregnant with a Child by Rape at a young age.

  • In Bad Moon Rising, women attached to the van Kolyma family seem prone to this in large part due to Chloe's father taking advantage of his position as a teacher to sleep with his teenage students.
  • In Bridgette's Belly, Bridgette gives birth to two children while she is still in high school.
  • In El Goonish Shive, when Elliot's mother meets his female duplicate Ellen, she immediately accepts her as part of the family. She admits to herself that she always wanted a daughter, and that this time, she doesn't have to drop out. Later confirmed when Sarah does the math and figures out that Elliot's mother couldn't have been older than 21 when she had him - and taking in other context, was probably even younger.
  • Neve makes an offhand comment in Ignition Zero that they and Martin have been friends since infancy because their teenage mothers met in class prior to their births.
  • In The Overture Vanessa Olsen was married at twelve and had a son eight months later. Her son is now seventeen and she is barely thirty.
  • In Shadowgirls, Charon had Becka at 15, and Chrissy had her daughter Missy at around 17.
  • Sleepless Domain: Heartful Punch reveals in chapter ten that she is the result of such a pregnancy. Specifically, she points out that her bright blue Technicolor Eyes, which neither match nor complement her otherwise pink coloring as is common among magical girls, are the result of her mother being an active magical girl when she was born. Between the facts that magical girls' powers fade by the time they start college and that the City Defense Department doesn't like to talk about such a scenario, the implication is clear. Soon after, HP confirms her mother was seventeen.
  • To Prevent World Peace: From Page 416: Tiffany's Beginning: Commentary. Anything after this quote is a spoiler:
    "Tiffany's mother got pregnant in high school,"

    Web Original 
  • The film Aaron deals with the aftermath of a pregnancy that ended in a miscarriage. The story is the would-be father giving the news to his brother, who was intentionally kept in the dark by their parents.
  • Cake Wrecks: The former page image, a cake with "Congrats on your teen pregnancy" written on it.
  • Equestria Chronicles has Kettle Cornflakes, who it is very clearly stated was raped and birthed her daughter at the age of 15. Magical talking ponies.
  • The Irish short film Heartbreak deals with a teenage mother's struggles after getting pregnant from a one night stand. It's revealed that the man reciting the poem is her now grown up son.
  • Whateley Universe: It's discussed in Whilst Any Speaks (Chapter 4):
    • As Mega-girl says when her father asks when they're talking about her boyfriend:
      "He knock you up?

    Western Animation 
  • Referenced in the Batman Beyond episode "The Eggbaby" — Terry can't find anyone to watch the electronic "baby" he's been assigned for his Family Studies class, so he brings it on patrol with him. When Bruce hears it cry over the comm link:
    Bruce: You brought a baby with you?
    Terry: It's not what you think, really.
    Bruce: Terry, is there something you need to tell me?
  • In The Crumpets episode "Lil Wrinkly One", the consumption of cigarette-like chocolates by most characters gave them a Balloon Belly side effect. Thinking that they're pregnant, Caprice is the first teenager seen with a bloated belly, just before the other females (including her teenage friend Cassandra) and then the males (including Caprice's teenage brother Pfff) sprout bloated bellies.
  • Daria has Jane Lane's older sister Summer. Word of God puts Summer in her early thirties or so and she has four kids, and two of her kids seem to be preteens.
  • Drawn Together:
    • Toot is such a deplorable and incompetent mother, Toot's adopted Nicaraguan baby gets pregnant herself.
    • Foxxy Love is implied to have something like this trope with her kids. At one point a member of Foxxy's family shows up and looks to be about 14 or 15. He introduces himself as being Foxxy's grandson. So unless Foxxy is just way older than she looks, both she and her own kids must have their kids at very young ages.
  • Family Guy:
    • Meg has a pregnancy scare in the episode "Peter's Daughter".
    • And then there's the song "Prom Night Dumpster Baby".
    • When Brian checks into a rehab clinic for cocaine addiction in "The Thin White Line", Peter fakes an addiction to check in with him and treats the whole thing like a summer camp. He proceeds to drag Brian into stock summer camp movie shenanigans such as pranking the nearby rival camp, which in this case is a teen pregnancy center. Peter and Brian sneak in while the girls are asleep and put their hands in bowls of warm water. As they sneak back out, the sounds of many crying babies are heard.
    • Taken to horrifying extremes in "Stewie is Enciente": Stewie knocks himself up with Brian's offspring. He's at most a toddler. He ends up disguising himself as a teen just so Dr. Hartman doesn't realize he's a pregnant toddler.
  • This is offhandedly brought up in Golan the Insatiable when everyone is forced to admit their personal shames. Alexis then blurts out proudly that she's ashamed to admit she's Dylan's biological mother. This detail is never mentioned before or after this moment, and it makes their hate-hate relationship with each other (especially since Dylan calls her her dumb big sister and not "mom") really confusing and fairly dark. We get mentioned several times that Dylan doesn't have a father, so if this holds true, then Alexis is not only her mom but responsible for taking every male role-model in her life and the reason Dylan refers to Carole by name.
  • Judy from The Jetsons is sixteen and her mother is thirty-three. That would mean Jane had Judy at roughly seventeen. This is, however, likely to be a case of Writers Cannot Do Math.
  • Doughy Latchkey's parents Karl and Kim on Moral Orel both look and act like teenagers. They were shown to be in high school with Stephanie 12 years ago, (and Doughy is in the same grade as Orel, who starts the series at age 11) so they probably had Doughy not too long after that.
    • In a more disturbing example, the episode "Dumb" implies that Nurse Bendy was only 13 years old when Joe's father (who, in the present day, is an elderly man in the throes of Alzheimer's) impregnated her. Due to his disease, Joe's father doesn't even remember Nurse Bendy and tells Joe she died in childbirth; needless to say, Joe is not happy when he learns his mom is still alive.
  • Beth from Rick and Morty became pregnant with Summer at age 17.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In the episode, "Little Big Girl", Bart dates a girl named Darcy who shortly reveals that she is one of these. The father is apparently a Norwegian exchange student, who went back to "Norwegia". Once her parents discover the truth, the mother reveals that she is also pregnant and they say they'll pretend the babies are twins.
    • This is implied with the episode "Papa Don't Leech," with Lurleen being 34 and her deadbeat father apparently being 49.
  • In the BoJack Horseman episode "The Amelia Earhart Story", Princess Carolyn meets a pregnant teenage girl from her hometown named Sadie who's considering giving up her baby for adoption. Flashbacks reveal that Princess Carolyn herself got pregnant as a teenager, though she ended up miscarrying.
  • This is implied in South Park, if you subtract Kevin, Kenny, and Karen's ages (13, 10, and 6-7ish) from their mother, Carol's, who is said to be in her 20s-30s (according to the official site). The site also references a common belief that she gave birth to Kenny as sixteen (which means she would have had Kevin at 12-13) but specifies that this particular detail was never confirmed.
  • Referenced in Star vs. the Forces of Evil. Fifteen year old Marco and Star were gone for one year. Marco's friends see his baby sister and think that she is his daughter, even when he claims otherwise. Marco's friends think that pregnancy was the reason he and Star left for a year.

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  • Anna Nicole Smith's mother, Virgie, was married and had her first child at fourteen, and gave birth to Smith at sixteen. Smith had her first child a few months after her eighteenth birthday, making her mother a grandmother at 34.
  • As detailed on Family Relationship Switcheroo, actress Merle Oberon was only 26 years younger than her grandmother — a double-dose of Absurdly Youthful Mother — and was the result of a preteen pregnancy.
  • Maurice White's mother was only 17 when she had him. Realizing there were few opportunities for a black woman in Memphis in the 1940s, she gave him up to a woman from her church and relocated to Chicago. She later married a black doctor, and had four other children. Her two sons from this marriage, Verdine and Freddie, would join their half-brother in Earth, Wind & Fire.
  • Famous country singer Loretta Lynn married at 15, had her first at 16, was a mother of three by 19, and a grandmother by 34. To put this into perspective, Loretta's own younger sister Crystal Gayle was an aunt of two at birth.
  • Jamie Lynn Spears got pregnant with her first daughter, Maddie, at 16 a few months after filming on Zoey 101 wrapped up. She gave birth a few months after turning 17.
  • Lady Margaret Beaufort, the mother of King Henry VII of England, gave birth to him at age 13. Her underdeveloped physique made it a physically traumatic birth that rendered her unable to have any more children.
    • Her daughter-in-law, Elizabeth of York, just barely made this. She was 19 when she married Henry, got pregnant almost immediately (they were married in January and their first child was born in September), but turned 20 during the first few weeks of the pregnancy.
    • Elizabeth's eldest daughter, Margaret, played the trope straight. As Queen of Scotland, she gave birth to her first three children before turning 20, although none of them lived very long.
  • Naomi Judd gave birth to Wynonna when she was 18.
  • Political scandals involving this trope crop up from time to time, such as Sarah Palin's eldest daughter, Bristol, having a baby at 17 while her mother was the Republican vice-presidential candidate in 2008.
  • Maria Reynolds, mistress of founding father Alexander Hamilton, was 17 when she gave birth to her first and only child, Susan Reynolds
  • The world's youngest grandmother, Rifca Stanescu, was 23 years old upon earning the title. She became pregnant at twelve, and despite warning her daughter not to make the same mistake...she got pregnant at eleven.

Alternative Title(s): Teenage Pregnancy


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