The way I see it: We were all teen mums! Three women share their sto­ries

Woman's Own - - HELLO & WELCOME -

Madi­son Ri­ley, 19, from Wem­bury, in Devon, was 18 when she fell preg­nant with daugh­ter Arielle, now 10 months. My ex Tom and I weren’t try­ing for a baby and I was on birth con­trol when I fell preg­nant with Arielle. There were long talks and we de­cided we’d keep the baby. I was at col­lege and Tom was at univer­sity, so we de­cided I’d put my stud­ies on hold and re­sume them when she was older.

But things didn’t work out and at six months of preg­nancy we split up, though we have re­mained friends.

Life-chang­ing

I still live at home, which means my mum Nikki, 46, and my dad John, 47, are a huge help. But my life has changed ir­re­versibly since hav­ing Arielle.

She is up at 5am ev­ery day, so when most of my peers are sleep­ing in, I al­ways see the sun­rise with her.

Mum and Dad look af­ter her oc­ca­sion­ally if I go out, but I’m usu­ally too tired to stay out late and wouldn’t drink know­ing I have her to look af­ter the next day. My friends are all a mil­lion miles away from be­com­ing mums, so we have less in com­mon. My two broth­ers, Luke, 24, and Lewie, 18, both live at home and Arielle adores them both. She’s brought us all closer as a fam­ily.

‘My friends are all a mil­lion miles away from be­com­ing mums’

Stay­ing sin­gle

Al­though I’ve been asked out a cou­ple of times, I sim­ply don’t have the time to date. Arielle is a full-time job and she’s my pri­or­ity, so I’ll stay sin­gle un­til she’s older. I also want to go back to col­lege and fin­ish my beauty diploma.

I’d be up­set if Arielle went down the same path as me be­cause I know what she’d have to give up, but if she did, she would have my com­plete sup­port. And, like my mum, I’d do ev­ery­thing I could to keep her life as nor­mal as pos­si­ble.

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