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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. (The father may or may not 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. Closely related to Promotion to Parent, which is often the expected outcome. Contrast the other extreme, Absurdly Elderly Mother.


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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.

    Comic Books 
  • Raquel from Icon is 15 years old and found out she was pregnant right around the time her superhero career as Rocket began. She decided to keep her son, whom she named Amistad.
  • In the New Teen Titans two-part story "Runaways", one of the teenage runaways is a girl named Lizzie who left home because her father was infuriated about her getting pregnant. Sadly, the story's conclusion has Lizzie return home, only for her father to still disown her for being a pregnant minor.
  • In Robin (1993), 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.
  • The "A Season in Hell" arc of Peter Milligan's run on Shade, the Changing Man establishes Lenny to have a long-lost daughter named Lillith, whom Lenny got pregnant with when she was 17.
  • Trouble (Marvel Comics) 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).

    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.
  • Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome implies that some of the younger children in the feral tribe are the result of the older kids getting pregnant. The novelization makes this fact explicit, even implying that all of the tribe are second generation tribals at the earliest, with their parents having been the original child survivors of the crash, who gave birth to the older kids and then died out in the desert. Two elements of note in the novel: the girl Cusha is stated to be eight months pregnant, and Finn is explicitly called Savannah's son.
  • In No Kidding, the District Nurse tells Matron that teenage unmarried mothers take up a lot of her time, and she believes that Vanilla is pregnant with triplets!
  • Please Turn Over: When Beryl first meets Robert, she doesn't trust him and believes that he only wants to get Jo pregnant.
  • The premise of several Lifetime Movies of the Week : "Fifteen & 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.
  • Together Together: One of the reasons Anna is being considered as a surrogate is that she had a baby as a teenager and gave it up for adoption, so, as she says, she knows what it's like to give up a baby she birthed.
  • 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 McGuff 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.
  • Visiting Hours: Sheila says that she missed her high school prom because she was pregnant at the time.
  • Waves: Appears in the plot as Tyler's girlfriend Alexis turns out to be pregnant, alluded to by her missing her period. He takes her to get an abortion, but she ends up choosing to keep the baby, which soon has horrific ramifications for her.
  • Wild Rose (2018): Rose-Lynn mentions she had both her kids prior to age eighteen.
  • Women Is Losers: Celina and Marty both get pregnant while they're 17.
  • Holly Slept Over: Audra tells Marnie she became pregnant at 17 by her boyfriend. Marnie assumes that she had an abortion, though Audra actually miscarried, sparing her any tough decisions (plus having to tell her parents).
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction: Tessa was the result of a teen pregnancy.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Accused (2023): In "Ava's Story" Ava says she got pregnant while 16, giving her baby up for adoption.
  • All American: Simone Hicks, one of Jordan Baker's flings, becomes a mother at age seventeen. She initially claims that Jordan is the father, but later admits that it is someone else; she regards Jordan as a perfect father material and wants him to play the part. Although Jordan is ready to provide for the child, Simone decides to give the baby up for adoption so her and Jordan's future won't get jeopardized.
  • Archie Bunker's Place: In the Season 3 episode "Sex and the Single Parent," where Stephanie's friend – who is in junior high – reveals to her in secret that she is pregnant. Unknown to them, Archie silently listens in ... and it is this that will shape his future views about sex education being taught in school.
  • In Andi Mack, this trope is implied with Andi's mother Bex, hence the Family Relationship Switcheroo with Andi being told that Bex is her sister.
  • Best Player featured the mother of a 16-year-old dating a 30-year-old. No mention of an age difference in the couple was made... so... How old was Chris' mom when she was born?
  • Beverly Hills, 90210
    • In the original series, Brandon briefly dated a scholarly senior girl, only to learn that she was a teen mother. Later occurred a couple of seasons later, when Kelly found a baby and discovered that his mother was a teenage girl (played by a young Jessica Alba, pre-Dark Angel).
    • In the new series, Adrianna gets pregnant, can't have an abortion when she goes because it's too late, wants to keep it but eventually puts it up for adoption. Harry also didn't know that his high school sweetheart had a kid and put it up for adoption until he moved back to LA.
  • Gabby from The Big Leap. While she was technically eighteen and didn't find out about her pregnancy until graduation, but she was still a single teen mom when she had Sam and had to deal with plenty of hardships because of it.
  • In Boardwalk Empire, Gretchen Mol plays a grandmother in her thirties, who's still a nude cabaret performer. She was impregnated at the age of 13. Michael Pitt, who plays her son, is only nine years younger than Mol.
  • In The Borgias, Lucrezia is married at 14 and has her first child, Giovanni, at around 15. While early motherhood was common back then, this particular situation was fairly unusual even then and dangerous for the health of both mother and child. Incidentally, the child's father isn't her (much older) husband, but a commoner with whom she fell in love.
  • Burden of Truth: Gerrilyn, Luna's mother, had her when she was underage.
  • A comedian on BET's Comicview joked about having a young mother: "My mama was fourteen when she had me. You know what that was like growing up? When I was a kid I'd be struggling with my homework, she'd be at the other end of the table struggling with her homework, neither one of us can play outside till we're finished..."
  • Cobra Kai: Carmen Diaz gave birth to Miguel when she was just 18 years old.
  • One episode of Cold Case centers around a teenage pregnancy, with the victim being the child's father (also a teenager) who was murdered just hours after his baby was born. It's eventually revealed that he was killed by the baby's would-be adoptive father after telling him that he had decided not go through with the adoption. Another episode is about the murder of the teenage mother herself after being sent away to a home for such girls. The perpetrator turns out to be another girl, jealous that she was fleeing the institution with her baby after she'd been forced to give up hers.
  • The Crowded Room: Candy gave birth to Danny at seventeen, we eventually learn.
  • CSI-verse:
    • CSI: A teenage mom-to-be hangs herself due to being constantly cyber-bullied by her classmates in "Unleashed." It ends up being a case of Born from a Dead Woman when Doc Robbins and Nick arrive to collect her body, and Doc discovers that her death was so recent the baby's still kicking. He immediately does a C-section with Nick's assistance.
    • CSI: NY: Heavily implied in "Consequences" to have been the case with Mac's late wife, Claire. When he meets the son she gave up for adoption before they met, he tells the young man that Claire had been very young when he was born and that his biological father was her high-school sweetheart.
  • Decisiones Extremas featured this as a storyline in a few episodes:
    • This is what kickstarts the plot of "Niños criando niños" (Kids Raising Kids). Fernanda and her boyfriend Toño struggle to raise their baby Celeste. While Fernanda tries her best to ensure Celeste's survival, Toño never bothers, instead partying and slacking around. It all comes to an end when the couple goes to party at a nightclub after Toño fed Celeste a bottle of alcohol to keep her from crying, inadvertently killing her.
    • In the episode "Falsa Inocencia", Paty becomes pregnant with DJ Jarx, of whom she's a biggest fan.
  • Coronation Street:
    • Sarah Louise Platt got pregnant at the age of thirteen and carried her daughter Bethany to term. A few years later when Sarah was out of school but still a teenager, she got pregnant a second time. She gave birth prematurely and the baby died after a few days.
    • Cranked up a notch years later when Faye was given a pregnancy storyline. She was twelve at the time.
  • The Degrassi shows have covered all the bases with teen pregnancy:
    • Degrassi Junior High: Spike gets pregnant with Emma - yes, that Emma - in the first season, and had her in between season 2 and 3. This storyline was groundbreaking because Spike actually kept the baby, instead of having a Convenient Miscarriage; co-creator Linda Schuyler boasts this to be the first proper depiction of teen pregnancy on television, at least where the baby was kept.
    • Degrassi High: The series premiere, "A New Start", has Erica realise she is pregnant after a fling with a camp counselor over the summer. She decides to have an abortion. In the US, Erica's episode was actually tampered with by PBS to remove scenes where she is accosted by anti-abortion picketers on her way up the steps to the clinic; this angered co-creator and director Kit Hood to the extent where he had his name taken off the credits of the PBS version.
    • In School's Out, Joey cheats on Caitlin with Tessa Campanelli, who ends up pregnant. While Tessa is seen walking into the clinic, it was actually left ambiguous whether she had went through it.
    • Degrassi: The Next Generation :
      • Manny gets pregnant in season 3 when she was in 9th grade, and ends up having an abortion. Unsurprisingly, this two-part episode didn't air in the US on the first run, especially since her decision was portrayed as the right thing to do, and she never regretted it.
      • Liberty gets pregnant in season 5 when she's in 11th grade, carries the baby to term, and gives him up for adoption.
      • Mia enters the show in season 6 when she is in 10th grade and already has a two-year-old daughter, Isabella. Mia is nicknamed 'Mamma Mia'. The show follows her as she juggles motherhood, school, and a blossoming modeling career.
      • Emma has a pregnancy scare in season 6 when she is in 12th grade, but in the end she isn't really pregnant.
      • Anya fakes her pregnancy in season 10 to get back at her ex-boyfriend Sav and make him drop out of the school presidential run. After Sav finds out the truth, they actually get back together and continue to lie about the pregnancy, then later tell everyone that Anya had had a miscarriage.
      • Jenna (who provides the page quote) gets pregnant in season 10 when she's in 10th grade. She tries to be a mother to her son Tyson, but gives him up for adoption after a few weeks.
      • Alli has a pregnancy scare in season 12 when she's in 11th grade. She realizes she missed a few birth control pills and was really scared that her period would be late.
      • 18 year old Dallas is introduced in season 12, and it's revealed he has a three-year-old son that lives with the child's mother.
      • Clare finds out she's pregnant at the end of season 13 when she's in 12th grade. For a while she doesn't know who the father is, and the pregnancy ends in a late term miscarriage right before she graduates.
      • Lola in Degrassi: Next Class gets pregnant after a fling and gets an abortion, with no regrets.
      • Jonah reveals in Next Class season 4 that he has a daughter but isn't allowed to meet her.
  • Danielle van de Kamp on Desperate Housewives got pregnant, got shipped away to have the baby, and her mother pretended to be pregnant so as to keep the baby within the family.
  • The Dinosaurs episode "Network Genius" had a scene featuring a parody of Beverly Hills, 90210 called Pangaea Hills: Dino210. The scene had a teenage dinosaur tell her friend that she was "in trouble". When he asks her to prove it, she responds by showing that she has laid an egg.
  • In the Doctor Who episode "The Doctor Dances", we discover that Nancy is Jamie's mother rather than his sister as she claimed, and would have given birth to him between the ages of 14-16.
  • EastEnders:
    • East Enders has done this several times -Disa O'Brien, Sonia Jackson and Demi Miller to name but a few.
    • It even managed a twofer: Vicky Fowler, whose mother was 16 years older than her, became pregnant herself at the same age.
    • Kat Slater/Moon is discovered to have given birth to Zoe at age 13 after being raped by her uncle. Zoe was passed off as Kat's younger sister until she finally revealed the truth to keep Zoe from moving abroad with her "uncle"/father.
  • Fantasy Island (2021): In "Girlboss, Interrupted" the episode's guest Courtney had a daughter when she was seventeen, which is the first thing she mentions about herself.
  • For Life: Aaron and Marie's daughter Jasmine. Unlike many examples of this trope, Jasmine's boyfriend is committed to being a father.
  • The Fosters Several examples. Brandon's girlfriend Courtney has a two-year old son, Mason. Callie's friend from Girls United is her age, and trying to get her toddler daughter back from foster care. Emma gets pregnant by has an abortion. The twins are also revealed to be the product of one, with their father being sent to jail for statutory rape, as he was 18 to their mother's 15.
  • The entire premise of the Japanese drama series The Fourteen-Year-Old Mother.
  • Lulu Spencer from General Hospital also finds herself in this situation, but she does go ahead with the abortion.
  • The George Lopez Show: George's parents were teenagers when he was born. His father's age wasn't stated, but his mom was either 16 or 17 when she got pregnant.
  • Gilmore Girls:
    • Lorelai got pregnant at 16 and had Rory, and the main plot of the show is about their relationship as two girls living alone together without a very big age gap.
    • Rory's ex-boyfriend Jess was also the product of one, which contributes to his Troubled, but Cute backstory.
  • Ginny and Georgia: Georgia gave birth to Ginny at 15. Ginny's dad Zion wasn't much older.
  • Glee:
    • Quinn, which ends up as a major problem for her as not only is she president of the school's celibacy club but has never had sex with her boyfriend. The father is actually his best friend, Puck.
    • Also Played for Laughs in the second season. Brittany tells Santana that she thinks she has a bun in the oven, which becomes the talk of the school. Later, it turns out she's not actually pregnant, she just thought she was, because she saw a stork outside her bedroom window (even though storks live nowhere near Ohio). Being Brittany, it's possible she mistook some other bird for a stork.
  • Grey's Anatomy:
    • Izzie had a daughter at sixteen and gave her up for adoption.
    • One episode had the police find a newborn baby in the dumpster behind a middle school. The doctors treat the baby and spend the rest of the episode trying to figure out who the mother is. Four suspects were taken to the hospital, while their parents all denied their own child was the mother.
    • There's also Mark who had a daughter when he was 18 that he didn't know about until she was a teenager, and got pregnant herself.
  • The premise of TLC's reality show, High School Moms.
  • Many characters in Hollyoaks got pregnant as teenagers: Cindy Cunningham, Theresa McQueen, Sinead O'Connor, Leela Lomax, Sienna Blake, Frankie Osborne. Amy Barnes had two children while still in her teens, and Myra McQueen had three; but the "winner" has to be Amber Sharpe, who got pregnant at twelve, before she was even a teenager.
  • Hot in Cleveland had an episode revealing that Joy had given a child up for adoption when she was a teenager.
  • House: In Season 5, Cuddy adopts the baby of a teenager who died of eclampsia a few weeks after giving birth.
  • Played for Drama in an episode of In the Heat of the Night, where the baby is the Body of the Week. The girl conceals her pregnancy and when she has the baby, she throws it in a dumpster and it dies.
  • Jane on Jane the Virgin is the result of this, leading to her mother Xiomara being barely in her forties when Jane is 23 at the start of the series.
  • Jeremiah:
    • The Virus making Earth a Teenage Wasteland in the Back Story resulted in there being a lot of kids growing up without birth control, qualified abortionists, or abstinence-enforcing parents, and there are a lot of kids who were clearly conceived when their parents had to have been a lot younger than twenty. Some episodes touch on how frightening and difficult this was for the young parents, such as "Ring of Truth", where a girl who walked out on her partner and baby because she couldn’t handle being a fourteen or fifteen year-old mother wants to re-enter their lives ten years later.
    • In "To Sail Beyond the Stars", Kurdy encounters a character credited as “pregnant girl”, who seems to be in her late teens and is living on the street while approaching her due date and is frightened about having her first child when she doesn’t know how to handle the delivery.
  • Just Shoot Me!: It turns out that Nina had a daughter when she was fifteen, and meets her many years later. Then she learns her daughter did the same thing, and she's also a grandmother. Nina faints at the news.
  • 3-Nen B-Gumi Kinpachi-sensei is about a middle school Psychologist Teacher. It has covered a multitude of topics, including teen pregnancy.
  • The protagonist of Life Unexpected is a 16 year old girl that was never successfully adopted that seeks emancipation. She was conceived during a one-night-stand her parents had at their winter formal in high school.
  • Pops up frequently in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In a couple of episodes, a young teenager's pregnancy is what raises the alarm about her being abused; in others, an already-known victim finds that she is pregnant and has to figure out how to handle it.
    • One episode centered around a pregnant teen who had run away to New York to get an abortion because she was afraid her father would kick her out if he found out about the baby; he had already done exactly that to the girl's older sister. When she wasn't able to obtain the abortion (due to the fact that she ended up in a sham/decoy clinic instead of a real one), she had her boyfriend beat her on the abdomen to try and induce a miscarriage.
  • Little House on the Prairie:
    • Season 7's "Come, Let Us Reason Together," where 17-year-old Nellie Oleson gives birth to twins. Her husband, Percy, is at least 10 years older than Nellie.
    • Also in Season 7, "Sylvia," where the titular character is implied to be 14 when she is impregnated by a rapist.
    • Season 8's "Days of Sunshine, Days of Sorrow," where Laura is barely 18 when she gives birth to Rose. Almonzo, by contrast, is 28.
  • Lucifer: Season 5 reveals that Linda Martin conceived a baby girl at age seventeen. She was overwhelmed by the responsibility, and chose to leave the baby at the maternity hospital. She considers it her greatest shame, and feels that it will condemn her to Hell. Years later, Linda learns that her daughter, named Adriana Nassar, works in real estate. Although she plans to out the relationship herself, it turns out that Adriana already figured it out on her own.
  • An episode of Masters of Horror directed by John Carpenter has a teenage girl get raped by an alien and has to go have it aborted. Her father (Ron Perlman) and brothers attempt to stop it and in the end, the baby alien ends up saving her life by killing her father.
  • Laurie Windrow from Midnight Caller is the daughter of Jack Killian's high school prom date.
  • Midnight Sun (2016): Kahina became pregnant when she was just 15, later giving up her son to her mother, who pretended he was her younger brother.
  • One of the overarching plots of Mom's first season is Violet's unexpected pregnancy and how she has to come to grips with the impact it has on her goals. She's also the third (at minimum) teen mom in their Dysfunctional Family, after her mother Christy and grandmother Bonnie. In one episode Christy had an Imagine Spot where she pictured her future granddaughter continuing the cycle.
  • In My Wife and Kids, Jay got pregnant with her and her husband Michael's first-born Junior when she was 16. A few seasons later, Junior gets his girlfriend Vanessa pregnant when they're both 18.
  • A past plot on Neighbours was about a teenage girl who got pregnant and wanted to put it up for adoption, but the child's father wanted custody. They eventually get back together and decide to keep the baby.
  • In The New Normal, Goldie is a third generation teen mom.
  • In Night and Day, Jane Harper fell pregnant with Sam Armstrong’s child aged fifteen, but had an abortion.
  • In Once Upon a Time, Emma had Henry at 18, and decided to give him up for adoption to give him his best chance because she didn't think she could be a mother (and was in jail at the time).
  • One Life to Live's Jessica Buchanan finds herself in this situation. After the requisite waffling over abortion and adoption, she decides to keep the baby, only to lose it after being hit by a car.
  • One Tree Hill: More or less the whole premise of the show, as both Scott brothers are the result of this - Lucas from a high school relationship, and Nathan from one only a few months later as their father started college. Nathan himself ends up having a child with fellow high-schooler Haley during their senior year.
  • Loretta of Outrageous Fortune, played by the same actress as Trudy.
  • Party of Five Season 2 features a Very Special Episode where Julia gets pregnant and spends the whole episode debating what to do with the baby. She decides that she will have an abortion, but suffers a miscarriage before she can.
  • Imogen Adams in Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin is a fifteen-year-old high-schooler who's six-months pregnant at the start of the story. Originally planning to raise the baby with her mother and not expecting any help from the baby's father, after her mom's death she asks the school nurse about getting an abortion, with the nurse telling her that she's too far along and to wait three more months.
  • Private Practice, as if it didn't already have enough drama, has quite a few of these the biggest one being Sam and Naomi's daughter Maya's teen pregnancy, which includes getting married to the father of the baby.
  • In the Mexican Telenovela Quinceañera ("15 year old girl"), the main theme around Thalia's character Beatriz was her how she got pregnant at age 15.
  • Exaggerated in Raising Hope: Virginia and Burt are grandparents in their late 30s/early 40s, having had their son Jimmy in their mid-teens (15 and 17, respectively). Jimmy himself is just outside this trope having had Hope in his early 20s. Virginia's mother had her at about twenty, leaving her to be Raised by Grandparents. Jimmy's great-great grandmother was revealed to be alive in one episode, dying at 104 years of age while her own daughter was in her eighties, so she also counts.
  • Reba opens with this issue in the characters' mind, due to Cheyenne being pregnant while she's a teenage high school student, though it's not the only issue facing the family.
  • The Republic of Sarah: It's mentioned that Corinne had her son Josh as a teenager. She thinks his father is Danny, though only Danny and Corinne are aware of this at first. Corinne gets a DNA test and Sarah tells her that Adam, her husband, actually fathered him, though this turns out to be a lie; Danny is the father.
  • Replacing Chef Chico: The fifth episode reveals that Wena had a baby at sixteen and gave him up to his father's family because she could not provide for him. She is torn up when her ex and son turn up as patrons.
  • Resident Alien: Asta has this as part of her backstory. She had a baby at 16 with her abusive boyfriend and was pressured into giving it up for adoption. That baby is later revealed to be Jay.
  • Rookie Blue: Traci gave birth to her son at seventeen. He's in primary school by the time she graduates from the police academy.
  • Roseanne Darlene gets pregnant and gives birth to a premature daughter, Harris Conner Healy.
  • Riverdale: In the season 1 finale, Alice Cooper admits to Betty that she conceived a son while in school, but gave him up for adoption. Said child, Charles "Chic," becomes a focus of season 2 and 3.
  • Sam Beckett leaped into a pregnant girl and almost had the baby himself, despite not having the proper plumbing.
  • Carla's friend from Scrubs. Elliot accidentally offended her by assuming that her son was a boyfriend, when in actuality she had him at age 14.
  • Used several times (unsurprisingly) on 7th Heaven. Most notably averted, however, when the Camdens' daughter Mary turns up preggers, but she denies having had sex when confronted by her parents. It was a clerical error at the doctor's. The real pregnant person was Mary's mom Annie, pregnant with the Camden twins.
  • There's a few in Shameless (US)
    • In season 5, Debbie Gallagher gets pregnant on purpose at only 14 years old. She gives birth to her daughter in the latter half of season 6.
    • In season 2, Karen gets pregnant at 16.
    • Ethel is 13 and has a son from being raped by her 65-year-old husband, and leader of the cult she was in.
  • Tanya, the lead character's 18-year-old daughter who has a three-year-old son in Single Father. The circumstances surrounding the child's conception (who the father is, etc.) are left unstated, but it is heavily implied that estrangement from her father as a teenager contributed to the pregnancy.
  • The premise of the MTV reality show 16 and Pregnant.
  • Special Ops: Lioness: Joe's oldest daughter Kate is pregnant, it's revealed, after she's in a car accident and gets her blood work done. She's only fourteen.
  • A running gag on The Steve Harvey Show as never-seen character Tameka is in Cedric's third-period health class, has two children, and is always available to assist with child-rearing questions.
  • On Strong Medicine, as Dr. Lu Delgado tries to caution teenage girls against having sex and stresses the importance of using birth control should they decide to, she reveals, "I'm 30 and my son is 14", thus enabling the girls to do the math and realize that her son is the result of this.
    • Later in the series, her son himself finds himself in this situation. Until he realizes that the timing of the pregnancy means he can't be the father.
  • Supergirl (2015): In her backstory, Samantha Arias became pregnant as a teen and was kicked out of the house for it. In the present, she is raising her daughter Ruby as a single mother. Then Samantha finds out she is really a genetically engineered Kryptonian, but having the baby delayed her Puberty Superpower and they are slowly emerging now. She is then brainwashed into becoming the cold and ruthless Reign, who has full control of her powers.
  • S.W.A.T. (2017): In 6x19, Powell confides to Street that she gave birth to a boy when she was 15, but her parents made her give him up for adoption, or they would kick her out. She signed the papers and never forgave herself or her parents for it. She admits this is the reason for her trust issues.
  • Exaggerated on Switch Reloaded: Dennis aus Huerth is 20, and his grandmother is in her late 30s.
  • All of the cast members on Reality TV show Teen Mom, which is about teenage mothers.
  • The Tribe:
    • Trudy is a teen mother After the End.
    • Zandra, Salene and eventually Amber also get pregnant on this show (although Salene miscarries and Zandra dies before her baby is born ), which is weird because these four are the four original older female mall rats.
  • Justin Suarez from Ugly Betty is the result of this. Hilda had him in her senior year of high school after getting pregnant at the prom.
  • Both Katherine and Isobel from The Vampire Diaries gave birth to daughters as teenagers who were given up for adoption (although, as noted in the article above, teenage pregnancy as a concept did not really exist when Katherine gave birth to her daughter in 1490). In her case the scandal is because she's not married.
  • Violent Child, Desperate Parents: The episode "When Harry Met Mandy" has 25-year-old mum of four Alex struggling with her 9-year-old son Harry; she had been 16-years-old when she had given birth to him.
  • War of the Worlds (2019): Chloe relates that she had her son at fifteen.
  • Wild Bill: In "You're Stupid Enough to Say That to a Copper?" Charlene became pregnant when she was just 14 and gave up her daughter for adoption. Bill gets chills thinking of this, as he has a 14 year old daughter himself.
  • Yellowjackets: Shauna is 16 in 1996 and pregnant from her tryst with Jeff.

  • Amanda Palmer 's song "Oasis" is about a teenage girl that gets raped at a party and ends up pregnant. She then gets an abortion, but her best friend tells everyone at school what happened and they treat her as a "crackwhore"
  • "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 when I came to be"
  • 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.
  • "Hit That" by The Offspring describes a vicious circle: "kids that raise themselves" — teenage parents — more unwatched kids. The music video draws comparison with stray dogs and neutering.
  • "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.
  • The Drew Gasparini song "Two Little Lines" has a seventeen year old girl taking a pregnancy test and panicking about how it'll affect her body (such as not being able to fit into her prom dress) and her relationship with her boyfriend Tom.

    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.
  • Based on the fact Helen of Sparta was twelve when Theseus abducted her near the end of his reign, traditionally said to have ended in 1205 BC, Helen's date of birth is at least in 1217 BC. Her daughter Hermione was said to be nine (other sources say six) when she was abducted by Paris and the traditional date for the Trojan War is 1194-1184 BC. If Hermione was born in 1203 BC, then that means Helen was fourteen years old when she gave birth.

    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.
  • An extreme example of sorts happens in U.S. Acres, where Orson (born in the March 3, 1986 strip) hatches his children, the chicks Booker and Sheldon, that May, before he is three months old.

  • 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 much less shocking back then, as girls from rich families got married very young to cement alliances, and while they often waited a while before consummation, it wasn't considered immoral if they didn't. 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 
  • Dot's Home: Downplayed with Georgia, who was 18 when her and Alma's son Carlos was "on the way" when they were arguing over what to do with the house in 2010. Alma even calls Dot, who came from the future, her sister-in-law, implying that she and Georgia married young as well.
  • 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. To fully elaborate, during the World of Balance part of the story, they are both sixteen and in love. By the events of the World of Ruin arc, a year later, she's now pregnant at seventeen, and gives birth during the finale.
  • 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.
  • Jessie from HuniePop had her daughter, Tiffany, at the age of 16.
  • I Was a Teenage Exocolonist: Downplayed if Sol saves Tammy early in the game. She's excited to try out artificial insemination once she turns 18 if she's not dating Cal, and on the 8th Vertumnalia Festival, Lum announces Tammy's pregnancy at 19, the first in the colony since they landed on Vertumna. She decides to keep the baby because she has always wanted to be a mother and believes that she's ready for it despite her age.
  • 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.
  • My Child Lebensborn: The child is the product of a Love Across Battlelines situation that happened when their mother was sixteen.
  • 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.
  • Summertime Saga: MC can impregnate several of his classmates, making them mothers while they're still in high school.
  • 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.
  • There are two examples in Xenoblade Chronicles 3. The first is a subtextual example with Monica Vandham, who is 33 when met in game with her daughter Ghondor being 18 years old, meaning Monica was only 15 when Ghondor was born. This isn't brought up in game and it's implied that she married and had a happy relationship with Ghondor's father before he died. The second example is M, a previous incarnation of Mio that became Moebius, and in one of her reincarnations she had a child with a previous incarnation of Noah, who became the Moebius N. Justified however as those trapped with Aonios' cycle of life are born at age 10 and can only live for 10 years before dying. With their son being around 3 years old when her time was up, this means that M became pregnant when she was about 16 or 17 years old.
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon: The parents of Masato Arakawa were both 15 years old when he was born. They decided they couldn't raise a child, so they simply abandoned the baby in a coin locker. And then Masumi Arakawa breaks the locker open, leading to Masato being Switched at Birth with Ichiban Kasuga.

    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).
  • In Daughter for Dessert, this is possible, but not certain, in the “good” Amanda ending. It’s a downplayed trope if it is used, as Amanda is a part-owner (at least de facto) of the diner.
  • In Double Homework, this is probably the case in Johanna’s and Tamara’s epilogue, in which they both get pregnant. Downplayed, as by this time, the three of them own a boutique that has made them enough money to buy a house.
  • 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.
  • Melody:
    • Downplayed with Melody in the Family Ending. At 19, Melody is still a teen, but legally an adult, enjoys a reasonably profitable career, and has a man who stands by her.
    • Implied with Melissa. Doing the math between Melody’s and Amy’s respective ages and the age gap between Amy and Melissa, Melissa had to have been around 15 when she gave birth to Melody. And Melody never knew her biological father.
  • 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.
  • Get Schooled: An off-duty case that Hwajin Na takes on is about young parents abusing their son. He learns that the couple had to drop out of high school when they had the child, leading to a lot of resentment. Na takes no excuses for the poor treatment of the boy.
  • 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.
  • #Killstagram: Sarang, the protagonist of the second season, had to drop out of high school when she gave birth to her daughter Jia. Sarang is twenty at the time of the story. Raising Jia was so difficult that Sarang strangled Jia in a fit of rage and forgot, landing her in the Deadly Game for people who committed violent crimes against children.
  • 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.
  • Rain: Emily is pregnant (strongly implied to be nonconsensually) by her ex-boyfriend for most of her senior year of high school. As St. Hallvard is a Catholic school, she hides that she's pregnant from everyone at school except her girlfriend, Rain,note  until she's far enough along that that's no longer possible; when she eventually has to come clean to the school administration, she gets weeks of detention and is stripped of her status as the year's valedictorian and outed as pregnant to the rest of the school (which, in turn, causes some trouble for Rain when another student clocks her and comes to the [logical but incorrect] conclusion that she got Emily pregnant).
  • 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 Animation 
  • ATTACK on MIKA: Chikage's younger sister Chinami comes back 7 months pregnant after her parents turned on her because of Kosuke. She left the house to marry someone better than Chikage, but found out her mark was already married.

    Web Original 

    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 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, during which time Marco's parents concieved and had a second child. 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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Alternative Title(s): Teenage Pregnancy


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