16 & Pregnant: Exclusive Interview with Christinna!
It’s Tuesday night — and you know what that means! Yes, yes, a new episode of Glee, but there’s a new episode of 16 & Pregnant, too! Tonight we meet Christinna, the teen mom who’s studying to be an English teacher. Sure, she’s had her fair share of baby daddy probs (her and hers got divorced), but we kinda love how upbeat and positive Christinna is about caring for her little girl, Destiny, despite all the hardships that come along with being a pregnant teen.
Christinna gave us some must-read advice for wannabe teen moms and told us which former Teen Mom is her fave! Read on!
What made you want to go on the show?
I wanted to be on the show to share my story with other teenage girls. I want girls to be able to watch my episode and see that no one is invincible. Getting pregnant at a young age doesn’t mean you’re stupid, promiscuous or uneducated.
Do you have a fave from former seasons of 16 & Pregnant?
Although my story is very unique, I can still relate to all of the girls in different ways, especially Maci. I’ve had to fight with Isiah to get him to put our family 1st and spend time with Destiny, just like Maci had to do with Ryan. Isiah and Ryan both went through a time where they were being immature and refused to step up and be a dad. Maci inspires me, and helps me remember to stay strong and always put Destiny first. I always think “if she can do it then I can too!”
Aw! Is Isiah a supportive dad now?
He goes back and forth between being supportive – it’s almost like he goes through phases. Sometimes he’s on top of things, and I couldn’t ask for more, and other times it seemed like I was doing EVERYTHING. Shortly after my episode finished filming, Isiah and I separated and recently decided to get a divorce. At first he came to visit Destiny every single day he had off from work and he supported her financially in any way he possibly could. Ever since we officially decided to get a divorce and stopped talking, he hasn’t come to visit Destiny or helped financially in over a month. It’s almost like Destiny and I were a package deal, and now that were not together, he doesn’t have anything to do with her. It really hurts.
Has that been the hardest part about being a teen mom? Dealing with mean baby daddies?
The biggest struggle I’ve had is finding time to do my school work. I’ve always been a good student, but sometimes I feel like I can’t apply myself like I need to in order to be successful and be a good mom at the same time. Finishing college is very important to me because I know the best thing I can do to give Destiny the life she deserves is to obtain my degree.
Are you in school now?
Yes, I am currently a full time student. This is my second year in college so things are starting to get more intense. I’m starting to finish my basics and take more classes that pertain directly to my major which is exciting but also more difficult. I feel more pressure to do exceptionally well in my English classes because I want to be a secondary English teacher.
Are people at school OK with you being a mom? Or are they mean?
Luckily my family and teachers have been very supportive and understand, but there is definitely a lot of judgment. A lot people made comments and assumed I wasn’t going to go back to school when I took a semester off after I gave birth. I made a plan when I was pregnant to take a semester off after I had Destiny so I could breastfeed and so she wouldn’t have to go to daycare so young. I took summer classes to catch up. I think a lot of people thought I wasn’t going to stick to my plan and underestimated me, but I just ignored what everyone said and kept to my plan.
Good for you! What’s the biggest thing you’ve had to give up since getting pregnant?
I think I’ve had to give up just about everything since Destiny was born! Sometimes it seems like I can’t do anything alone. Destiny is content as long as I’m paying her attention but as soon as I do something by myself whether it’s eating, sleeping, reading or studying, Destiny starts fussing. It can be annoying at times, but I love Destiny, and I love taking care of her so it’s worth it.
Do you have advice for other teens who want to be moms so young?
Wait! If you’re really ready to be a mom then you’re ready to put your child first. Finishing school and establishing a career before having children not only benefits yourself but it benefits your child. Creating a stable home is the best thing you can do for your child, and most teens don’t have the maturity or resources to do so.
Do you plan on having more kids?
I definitely want more kids. I plan on waiting until I have graduated from college and established a career before I have any more children. I think it would be unfair to Destiny to have another child too soon. I want a home to bring my next baby home to, somewhere I can paint the walls of the nursery whatever color I want, somewhere with a backyard for the kids to play in and somewhere I can have a family and raise my kids until they eventually go off to college and get married and have children of their own.
Are you going to watch Christinna’s episode tonight? Does her story sound inspiring to you? Who’s been your fave girl from this season so far? Sound off now!