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gURL: How have you changed since getting pregnant?
Lori: Everybody around me tells me that I’ve become more mature and now I’ve started thinking about my future. I’m still a teenager, so now I can finish school and go to college and continue living my life.
gURL: How has your love life changed?
Lori: It’s harder. When I meet a guy, it’s hard to explain that I have a son — it’s sometimes awkward. But they usually take it pretty well.
gURL: What do you hope other pregnant teens take away from your episode?
Lori: That adoption is an option. And it’s something that you do need to explore if you are in the same situation as I was.
gURL: How did you decide to put your son up for adoption?
Lori: My family and friends just kept pushing it and eventually I realized that I couldn’t have raised him on my own. So I decided that adoption was the best thing for him.
gURL: What was the hardest part about putting him up for adoption?
Lori: Sometimes it gets me when I realize he’s not with me all the time. The biggest thing that I had against an adoption was that I wanted to be the one who would raise him. And not getting to do that is upsetting.
gURL: How did you react when you found out you were pregnant?
Lori: I was pretty shocked. The fear and everything didn’t really set in at first. I just couldn’t believe that I had gotten pregnant.
gURL: Were your friends and family supportive?
Lori: My friends were extremely supportive. My parents were pretty upset at first but they were supportive.
gURL: So you wanted to go on the show to change that perspective?
Lori: I wanted to show girls that there are other alternatives and that when you choose adoption, it doesn’t mean that you never get to see your baby. I see my son all the time. I have very frequent contact with his parents.
gURL: Did you go on any adoptive mothers’ retreats like Catelynn did?
Lori: Actually, once a month I have a birth mothers support group that I go to and it’s very helpful.
gURL: Do you have a supportive boyfriend like Catelynn does?
Lori: I do not.
Lori talks with gURL about her hard choice.
gURL: How’d you get involved with the show?
Lori: My mom sent MTV an email about the last episode of season 1 — Catelynn and Tyler. She felt that the adoption that they showed was way too heartbreaking and that if I or any other teenage girl who was pregnant would see it, they wouldn’t want an adoption because it seemed way too hard.
Unfortunately, tons of teens get pregs while they’re still in high school. But most pregnant teens don’t make the difficult choice to put their babies up for adoption. Enter Lori, who put her son up for adoption after heeding her friends’ and fams’ advice and being inspired by last season’s Teen Mom Catelynn’s story.
gURL talked to Lori about her son, her love life, and why adoption should be considered an option for teens.
gURL: What’s it been like having cameras around?
Nikkole: It’s interesting. I’ve gotten used to them.
gURL: Are you going to watch yourself on TV?
Nikkole: Yeah. I’ll probably just watch the episode by myself.
gURL: What do you hope your episode shows?
Nikkole: That I’m a good mom. And that if you do get pregnant, you can do it.