DALLAS—MTV's reality series, "Teen Mom," drew a staggering 3.6 million viewers for its season one finale.
Teen pregnancy is a hot topic in Texas, with the third highest teenage birth rate in the country. Every 10 minutes, a teen in Texas gets pregnant and another one gives birth. In fact, Dallas ranks #1 in the country for repeat teen births. It's an issue, making headlines today because of reality TV.
MTV's popular reality series documents life as a teen mom. It's all too real for 19-year-old Elli Ceja.
"Enjoy being young, because once you have a kid that's out the window," Ceja said.
Her daughter, Miracle, is three. Miracle lives up to her name. She was born at just 23 weeks, weighing 1lb. 4 oz.
Pregnant at 15, Elli lost her friends. She's no longer with the father.
"it's not a fairy tale to me," she said.
Elli says it's been difficult. More difficult than the show reveals.
"I work and I go to school and it takes up all your time, just that and then you add a kid and it's just stressful, like overwhelming almost," Ceja said.
"I was 14 when I got pregnant. I was 15 when Hunter was born," said Carly Allen, who is now a 22-year-old college student.
She lives on campus with her son, but their road has also been rocky.
"Lights cut off, eviction notice on the door, you know living their with my son trying to be the best mom I can be as a teen mom," she said.
Allison Whitehead founded Alley's House, a local organization that helped the girls get back on their feet.
She says shows like "Teen Mom" and "16 and Pregnant" are a great eye opener. She hopes they make kids think twice, but she worries about the downside.
"Well if I was a teenager and I were watching a show and I was getting a lot of attention and it seemed cool, it might make me think well this might be fun," Whitehead said.
"I would definitely say it is not matching outfits and pushing your stroller in your cute little pumps. That is not the reality of teen pregnancy," Allen said.
MTV is gearing up for a new season and these moms will be watching, hoping someone else will learn from their reality.