Her fans are so happy for her!
Becoming pregnant is one of life’s most stressful events — and it’s even more so when it happens at age 16! It completely changes the track of your life, and forces you to grow up very quickly. Over the years, 16 and Pregnant has shown us the numerous different ways that young teens have figured out how to make their pregnancies work, and how it has affected them down the road.
For some of the featured girls, getting pregnant so young hit them hard. Many of them turned to drugs, drinking, or abusive relationships in the wake of their appearance on the show. In the case of Kayla Jackson, she developed an eating disorder prior to becoming pregnant — and her pregnancy only made things more complicated.
Fans were worried about Kayla for years, but now we finally have an update about how things turned out after her health scare!
Kayla Jackson was hospitalized when she was only thirteen as a result of her severe anorexia, an eating disorder characterized by an obsession with controlling food intake. Because the condition causes sufferers to be extremely critical of their weight, her pregnancy added some serious complications.
During her 16 and Pregnant episode, she complained to a friend, “I’m fat.” Her friend responded, “You’re not fat; you’re pregnant.”
On the episode, the severity of her condition was revealed. Kayla only weighed 90 pounds, and was subsisting off of crackers, water, and chewing gum. “I had a 200-300 calorie rule for the day,” she told a fan on social media.
But not all fans were so polite. Many viewers badgered Kayla about her eating habits during her pregnancy pregnant. That’s when her sister, Nikki, stepped in to defend her. She wrote:
“My sister DEFINITELY ate during her pregnancy. Even if she wanted to starve herself (she didn’t), she wouldn’t have been able to! When you’re pregnant, you’re eating for two, yeah, and she knew that… if you knew the real her, you’d know she had cravings when she was pregnant, she ate a tonnnn, and Preston came out PERFECTLY. A little over eight pounds; doesn’t get much healthier than that.”
Now, it’s clear that Kayla has made a significant recovery. She’s 24 years old, and has two healthy boys. Although she is still friends with her first baby daddy, she’s recently welcomed another son from another father.
It looks like Kayla has come a long way since starring on 16 and Pregnant. But she still has one serious regret: starring on the show in the first place!
She recently took to Twitter to share her regret. “I hate 16 and Pregnant. It was the worst decision I’ve ever made. And every time they replay [my episode] and people ask me about it I regret it all over again,” she wrote.
Not unlike many of the Teen Mom cast members, Kayla’s main complaints are about the way the footage was edited. “I had really good times with Mike, my friends and, yes, even my mom,” she wrote. “Did they show any of that? No. They showed me starving myself (not true), fighting with my mom, dropping out of school and made everything into a dramatic mess.”
But she concluded, “It was my decision to put myself on TV, I have no one to blame but myself.”
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