16 and pregnant: where are they now?

Growing up and in our adulthood, we all make bad decisions. This is unavoidable and perfectly normal. Some mistakes cost us dearly, while others turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

Most of us recall the premiere of the TV show 16 and Pregnant, which aired in 2009.

There was a big controversy around it.

Viewers split into two groups. Some believed the show would have a negative impact on youth, while others assumed the content would be educational.

Every episode of this hour-long documentary series focused on a different aspect of teen pregnancy. Such as marriage, rumors, finances, and graduating from high school. And giving babies up to for adoption.

These young women had to to give up their adolescent years while faced with serious mature decisions.

16 and Pregnant‘s creators were chastised for their lack of diversity. During the first five seasons of 16 and Pregnant, more than two-thirds of the show’s participants were caucasian teenage moms.

The documentary’s intention was to serve as an early intervention tool in the prevention of teen pregnancies.

According to a study, the show had a mixed impact on teenage girls across the globe.

In 2009, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy listed 16 and Pregnant as one factor that led to a decline in teen pregnancy. Good job, cast!

Let’s take a look at where the teen moms from this five-year-long series are now. How has motherhood at such a young age changed their lives?

Was it eye-opening to them, as it was to many other young boys and girls who sat in front of the TV watching them struggle?

Maci Bookout

Maci Bookout, who was a 16 and Pregnant star back in the days, is now a Teen Mom OG star. Nowadays, Maci has three children.

During the show, viewers saw Bookout give birth to her firstborn – Bentley. Her first child is the result of her relationship with Ryan Edwards.

Maci and Ryan have struggled to sustain a proper co-parenting relationship since then.

In 2012, Bookout began dating her now-husband, Taylor McKinney. They married in 2016 and started their clothing line, Things That Matter.

Her children from her relationship with McKinney are Maverick Reed and Jayde Carter.

Maci’s fight for women’s rights, specifically PCOS, was the focus of the 2020 season of Teen Mom OG.

Megan McConnell

Have you seen the second season of 16 and Pregnant?

You would have remembered Megan if you did. A 16-years-old teen from Colorado with pink hair who grew up in a military family? Yes, that’s her.

Fans weren’t happy for her allowing Nathan Stone, a 19-year-old, to be lazy and play computer games instead of working. Young and stupid, some would say. Nathan, her then-boyfriend, lived at her parents’ home with her.

Megan and Nathan married in 2011, but it was a short-lived partnership. As a result of their union, they have a son called Blake Ray Stone.

In 2015, she gave birth to her second child, Silas Jude, with her new beau Chase Eubanks.

Felicity is her third child and her second with her now-fiancé Chase.

McConnell made headlines and sparked controversy in 2011 when she accused MTV of forcing her to lie on the show.

Once she said that she has a dream to become a neonatal nurse. Her dream did not come true.

Jenelle Evans

Jenelle Evans was a wild party girl from North Carolina. Quite a bit. Andrew Lewis, her former boyfriend, was the father of her first child. Jace Vahn Evans was born in 2009.

Since Andrew was arrested, this relationship didn’t last long, and Evans has had enough of him.

She had an abortion as a result of her drug use and her prolonged custody dispute with Lewis. Oh, my!

Jenelle gave birth to her second child, a son named Kaiser, in 2014. Nathan Griffith, her fiancé, was the father of the kid. And, guess what? It was not a long-term partnership. It came to an end in 2015.

The saga of multiple baby daddies continues. Ensley Joli, her third child, was born in 2017. David Eason, the father of the baby, married her in 2017.

Evans was starring in Teen Mom 2, but MTV fired Evans in 2019 after her husband David shot dead their family dog. The reason was that dog nibbled their 2-year-old baby boy, Ensley. Horrific! There are better ways to handle this.

Maddy Godsey

Maddy was an average Illinois girl who enjoyed playing basketball and volleyball. That all changed when she became pregnant after a night with a guy she met on Facebook.

Then she became pregnant and entered Season 5 of 16 and Pregnant.

Cody Jensen, the child’s father, was not a mature person at all. His activities mainly included parties, alcohol, drugs, and all sorts of females.

In 2013, Aubrey Lynn Godsey was born. Cody had suspicions about Aubrey’s paternity but refused to take a DNA test. Boy!

Maddy is a single mom of one these days. Girls, please make better choices!

Nikkole Paulun

Nikkole was a 15-year-old Michigan high school girl who was having the time of her life.

When she became pregnant with Josh Drummonds, everything changed. In 2009, Lyle Thomas was born. Josh has been in and out of jail since Lyle’s birth.

Nikkole’s name has remained in the headlines over the years, from reportedly faking a pregnancy and miscarriage in 2013 to having a tattoo so she could get free tanning for life.

With her then-boyfriend Ryan Rice, she gave birth to her second child, daughter Ellie Jade, in 2015. It wasn’t a forever thing.

She is currently married to Kyle Ledda, and the couple is going to have a baby in July 2021. Congrats!

Nikkole spoke to some of the critics who had sent her harsh messages after she announced her pregnancy:

Of course, people have to come after me about having 3 baby daddies. Was I supposed to stay with the guy who knocked me up at 15 and ended up being abusive and a drug addict just so I could only have one? Or should I have stayed with the guy I dated at 20, who was abusive, and treated me and my first child like crap so I could stop at 2?

Kayla Jordan

Kayla’s surname is Jones now.

Some could’ve described her back in the day as a typical Alabama girl who loves horses. Then, in 2010, she appeared on Season 2 of 16 and Pregnant.

J.R. Davis, a mechanic, and Kayla were dating for six months when he proposed, and she accepted. Rylan Jayce Davis, Jordan’s daughter, was born in January 2010.

Kayla has another son, Bryce, with Zach Bedwell. They were also engaged. However, the former couple’s relationship didn’t seem to work out.

Dakota Jones was Kayla’s third attempt, and the pair married in 2018. Odin, their son, was born in July of the same year. Dakota’s and her’s marriage is still going well. It seems like our girl decided to settle down.

Kayla entered a group of 16 and Pregnant participants who now have three children.

Farrah Abraham

Farrah is one of the most popular girls from the 16 & Pregnant, which 2.5 million Instagram followers can confirm. She managed to make a career out of this show since it was her starting point.

Abraham, then 17, made an appearance on the show in 2008 as a pregnant cheerleader from Iowa. Derek Underwood, her ex and father of a baby, died in a car crash in 2009, shortly before Sophia Laurent was born.

Farrah released a few singles as well as her autobiography, My Teenage Dream Ended, in 2012. None of these made her famous, as something else did.

Vivid Entertainment released a sex tape in May 2013 starring Abraham, who had sold the footage to them for $1.5 million. It was supposed to be some type of leaked tape thing. You know, like the one with Kim.

She has publicly discussed her plastic surgery experience through the years, and in 2015, she introduced a line of sex toys.

Not a lazy girl, for sure.

Jamie McKay

Daddy issues are a heavy burden for those who suffer from them. This problem should be handled by a psychologist. Back in the day, no one said anything about it to Jamie.

She was a North Carolina girl who became pregnant as a result of her relationship with Ryan McElrath. She said that what she wishes for her daughter is for her to have the father she never had.

Miah Christine was born in 2010. It is Jamie’s firstborn.

Mason, her second child, born in 2014, has the same father as Miah. Ryan and 16 and Pregnant alum are not together since 2015.

After several years of dating, Jamie revealed in 2018 that she and her now-hubby David were engaged. Jackson Oliver Lomax was born during that year. Jamie’s surname is now Lomax too.

She once talked frankly about her teenage years:

I’ve never wanted to look back at such a painful time. Not because of MTV but as a vulnerable teen I opened my life to the world and many people were not kind. Thankfully that time in my life is over and I’m stronger.

Kailyn Lowry

Kailyn was born in Pennsylvania in 1992 and then became pregnant in 2009. That’s why she was a good fit for the show 16 and Pregnant. She was only 17 years old.

In 2010, she gave birth to son Isaac Elliot with her then-boyfriend Jo Rivera. This relationship did not last. She was young and bold. It was expected, just like with every other girl’s partnership with the fathers of the firstborn.

Her next baby daddy was Javi Marroquin. In 2013, she gave birth to a baby boy Lincoln Marshall. They were married until 2017. The reason for divorce was because of Javi’s decision to go on a six-month trip abroad.

Kailyn didn’t stop there, either.

Lowry gave birth to Lux Russell, in 2017 whose father is Chris Lopez. These two had another child in 2020 named Creed Romello.

That is her baby number four. This girl seems to enjoy changing diapers.

Kailyn and Chris were not a thing for some time now. But! There’s always ”but”. She declared their reunion on March 31st, 2021. Oh, girl. Don’t you realize you should never return to an ex-lover?

In the meantime, she put in a lot of effort.

This 16 and pregnant girl actually graduated in 2017 from Delaware State University with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications. Well done!

She is also an author.

Pride Over Pity, Lowry’s debut book, was made public in 2014. Hustle and Heart, her second one, was launched in 2016. A Letter of Love, her third book, was published in 2018. Lowry disclosed that her third publication was an apology to her kids.

We do not doubt that she makes enough cash for a decent living, given that she has 4 million Instagram followers.

Mackenzie Douthit

Another author in the house!

Straightening My Crown: Conquering My Royal Mistakes will be published as the first-ever book written by her. She revealed this three weeks ago on Instagram to her one million followers.

She once was an ordinary 16-year-old girl from Oklahoma.

Since she was a pregnant teen, she became an American reality television personality in 2011. Josh McKee, her then-boyfriend and now-husband, appeared on 16 and Pregnant and welcomed baby boy Gannon.

Broncs Weston was born in 2016 and Jaxie Taylor was born in 2014. The father of all three children is Josh!

We have to give her some credit for this; after all, it is an exception from the rule.