MTV reality shows 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom chronicle teenage motherhood and show the struggles teenagers go through to raise their children.

But when shows like these become extremely popular, one can’t help but be concerned that that some teens would want to get pregnant just to appear on the show.

Now, Josh Smith, 16 and Pregnant reality “star” Josh Smith says the mother of his child, Jennifer Del Rio, plotted to get pregnant just so she could be on the MTV reality show, according to court documents.

In the court documents, Smith claims his baby mama is a “compulsive liar” who came up with a scheme to get pregnant. Del Rio allegedly told Smith she was pregnant, although she wasn’t, planning to conceive a child with him.

“She was giving me sonogram pictures … that she claimed was ‘our baby’ when in actually [sic] it was her friend’s sonogram pictures she was copying. She lied to me and my parents for 3 months saying she was pregnant. She wanted so desperately to be on 16 and Pregnant.”

The teenagers are in court after Smith filed a request for a restraining order against Del Rio, accusing her of punching him in the face.

What do you these of these teen pregnancy reality series airing on television?

Are the shows glamorizing teen pregnancy, causing some teenagers to get pregnant just to get on the show?  Or they simply depicting the real challenges young mom/moms-to-be face?


Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of, a leading lifestyle blog for women.


  1. Yup, I’ve heard that there are teens who are TRYING to become pregnant just for a chance to become reality show “stars”. It’s pretty frickin’ scary.

    I’ve seen clips where the girls do complain about lack of sleep and missing out on regular teen activities..but, I don’t think that’s what kids are thinking when they see these girls on the covers of magazines! I know there was just an article about how a bunch of them have had plastic surgery! I’m sorry…the money came from where exactly?
    I don’t blame the kids, I blame MTV..maybe it’s time to start showing MUSIC videos again!

  2. being pregnant at 16 is something so so so so so so so so so so so STUPID!

  3. Fiona Lewis Reply

    This show I believe would yield two possible effects:

    One is glamorizing teen pregnancy or the other option: they could show what is it really like and warn them so they will not be subjected into the same situation.

    But the choice depends on the viewer and how they use the program to affect their lives.

    Anyways, Del Rio’s case was unthinkable. In as much as I know that teems would love to enjoy the bliss of their youth, I was wondering why she liked to get pregnant!

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