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Basic Trope: A teenage girl becomes pregnant.

  • Straight: Alice, age sixteen, finds she is pregnant not long after she lost her virginity to her boyfriend, Bob.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Every girl in Alice's class becomes pregnant.
    • Alice gets pregnant at twelve or even younger. (See also: Absurdly Youthful Mother.)
    • Alice is carrying twins ... or more.
    • Alice is sixteen, and she is pregnant for the third time.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice becomes pregnant, but she is a nineteen-year-old college student, not a High School or Junior High student.
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    • Alice is eighteen years old, and married her high school boyfriend Bob right after graduation.
  • Justified:
    • Teenagers can become pregnant, and may not necessarily be educated about birth control and its proper use, especially in places with abstinence-only sex education, or with none to speak of.
    • The story is set during a time period where there was no period of adolescence; a girl was considered a marriageable adult as soon as she had her first period and married off.
    • Alice had no intention of having sex until she was an adult, yet unfortunately she was Date Raped. She goes through with the pregnancy because she either doesn't believe in abortions or didn't find out she was pregnant until it was too late.
    • Alice did use some type of birth control, but it failed, or she didn't use it correctly or consistently.
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    • Alice is a virgin who experiences a Mystical Pregnancy.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice becomes pregnant, but she is well past childbearing age.
    • She may be of childbearing age, but she is an adult with the means to support the child, and a long-term partner to help her.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice thinks she's pregnant, but it turns out to be a false alarm.
    • Alice has an abortion or a Convenient Miscarriage early in the pregnancy.
  • Double Subverted:
    • But then she actually does become pregnant.
    • But then she gets pregnant again, and decides this time to keep the baby (after lots of angsting over what happened last time).
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Alice is twenty-one years old when she becomes pregnant, not technically a teenager, yet by twentieth-century standards on, still very young to have a child.
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    • Alice found an abandoned egg and decided to raise it. While not counted as pregnancy, she is taking care of it and would have to pay for its expenses after it hatches.
  • Averted:
    • Alice becomes pregnant with her first child and gives birth when she's twenty-eight years old, an age where she's neither extremely young nor extremely old.
    • Alice does not become pregnant. She's a virgin and remains as such for the whole work, or if she isn't or does lose it, she never gets pregnant.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "I can't have a baby! I'm only sixteen!"
  • Invoked: Alice and Bob have sex. Alice either convinced Bob not to use a condom, or sabotage the protection.
  • Exploited: Alice tries The Baby Trap, in an attempt to get Bob to stay with her.
  • Defied:
    • Alice and Bob use a condom (or other form of contraception) correctly.
    • Alice and Bob don't have vaginal sex until they are in their twenties.
  • Discussed: "I can imagine it's tough to have a baby while you're still in high school."
  • Conversed: "So Alice is pregnant? Then she'll miscarry. Trust me. That's how other shows handle Teen Pregnancy episodes."
  • Implied: Alice is around twenty-one years old, while her son, Carlos, is five.
  • Deconstructed: This is going to cause a lot of problems for Alice. She is not educated enough to qualify for a job that will allow her to support herself and the baby, and all her dreams for the future will have to be put on hold. And Bob may not stay with her. Or, if she decides not to keep the baby, she'll probably suffer some Angst, and might endure scorn from others. On the subject of "scorn from others," she'll have to endure people whispering as she starts to show, because of My Girl Is Not a Slut. And let's not even mention Morning Sickness and other "joys" of pregnancy, and how that might affect her at school, or what her parents might do.
  • Reconstructed: Alice has people who love and support her, no matter what. They make sure her pregnancy is a safe and healthy one, and help her either care for the baby, or find an adoption agency to give it to at birth. If she decides to keep the baby, Alice manages to balance completing high school (or at least getting a GED), holding a job, and taking care of the baby. And, of course, either Bob marries her, or Alice's parents raise the baby as her brother rather than her son.
  • Played for Laughs: Alice has a lot of foibles during her pregnancy, but takes it all in stride.
  • Played for Drama: The struggles Alice has to face thanks to this life-changing event.
    • Alice has an abortion or puts the baby up for adoption and regrets it.
    • Alice is pregnant as the result of a rape.
    • Alice faces Honor-Related Abuse or disownment by her family for becoming pregnant out of wedlock.
    • Alice is forced into a Shotgun Wedding in order to protect her and her family's image.
    • Alice is on the receiving end of bullying and Slut-Shaming as her pregnancy begins to show.
    • Alice abandons the baby after it's born.
    • Alice faces complications during pregnancy and childbirth, because her body really isn't ready for it. She might die, or have to live with a serious injury such as an obstetric fistula. And her baby might suffer or die, too.

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