The Importance of Supporting Young Mothers

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[Editor's Note: I wish I had read this post by Chaunie at Tiny Blue Lines in 2003. Maybe my journey would have been the same, but maybe I wouldn't have felt so alone, so judged, so abnormal just for being pregnant. I am all for supporting young mothers, for empowering them to be the best they can be whatever that means for each individual mom. -Jenna]

Supporting Young Mothers:

second trimester“It’s hard enough to embrace a pregnancy when you feel like you made a mistake. I struggled so long with that—I felt like I didn’t deserve to be happy about my pregnancy because of it.

You can’t hide an unplanned pregnancy. It’s out there—in my case, way out there, for the world to see it. And honestly, the shame I felt and the fear I had of being judged was almost enough to make me want to try to hide it through abortion.

I want to send the message that young motherhood is nothing to be ashamed of, which is not to be confused with promoting any type of premarital pregnancy.

I want young mothers to feel empowered.

 

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