The girls from Teen Mom & Teen Mom 2 became famous because of their babies, welcomed into the world at a very young age.
You could say they were 16 and Pregnant. All of them.
For better or worse, they persevered and went on and (in many cases) had additional ones! At parenting, some have fared well.
Others, fared … not quite as overwhelmingly well.
Perhaps it’s fitting that Jenelle Evans welcomed her third child one day before Chelsea Houska had her second, as these girls run the gamut!
We’re not here to be critical (that’s what Instagram is for). We’re just here to break down the eight stars and their unconventional families.
Unconventional, but beautiful and loving. <3
1. Sophia (Farrah Abraham and Derek Underwood)
Oh, Soph. Unlike many of her Teen Mom tot counterparts, Sophia lives the life of luxury, thanks to her mother, non-porn star Farrah Abraham. Seriously, the younger Abraham has her own clothing line, dabbles in child modeling, hires and fires people for her mom (you can’t make that up), and receives $ 900 when the tooth fairy pays a visit. (Sophia’s father, Derek, died in a car accident while Farrah was still pregnant; Derek’s grave is the site of many memorable TM scenes, which some believe to be shamelessly orchestrated by Farrah). Sophia is going to be a handful when she grows up at this rate … the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree as they say.
2. Leah (Amber Portwood and Gary Shirley)
Amber Portwood is a rarity in the world of Teen Mom, as the OG has not birthed another child after daughter Leah. Probably for the best, given her devastating drug problems; Amber served a year and a half in prison. Leah’s dad, Gary Shirley, has been there for her the entire time, and she seems to be well-adjusted as both Gary and Amber move on with their lives and new relationships – even if hers (with Matt Baier) has involved plenty of tension.
3. Carly (Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra)
When step-siblings turned lovers Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra made the decision to give their baby Carly up for adoption, it marked one of the most touching, bittersweet moments in reality TV history. What made it all the more incredible was that they stayed involved in her life – albeit with some bumps in the road – ever since, then got married and had another baby together years later. Which they kept.
4. Nova (Catelynn and Tyler)
Tyler and Catelynn kept and are raising Novalee Reign Baltierra together, not that it’s been easy. Catelynn’s severe self-esteem issues and post-partum depression have been a major storyline for the couple in recent seasons ofTeen Mom: OG.
5. Bentley (Maci Bookout and Ryan Edwards)
Bentley, Maci Bookout and Ryan Edwards’ first and only child, is much bigger than this these days, and the level of happiness in their lives has also grown expontentially. After a relationship with Edwards that was among the franchise’s most disastrous, Maci met and married Taylor McKinney, who fathered two additional kids with Maci and has been an incredible stepdad to Bentley. Even Ryan has moved on and gotten engaged … miracles do happen in this world.
6. Jayde (Maci and Taylor McKinney)
Maci and Taylor McKinney’s first child together was a daughter, Jayde.