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16 and Pregnant: Bad or Good?

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?