Teen Mom star Maci Bookout is clearly thrilled to be pregnant with baby No. 2, as evidenced by her decision to share a picture of her growing bump — along with some very special words.
Bookout is pregnant with her longtime boyfriend Taylor McKinney’s baby, and she took to Instagram on Tuesday to share just how her outlook on pregnancy has changed compared to when she was pregnant with her first child, Bentley — whom she shares with her ex-boyfriend Ryan Edwards.
“This is for everyone that has been asking for a belly pic!” she captioned the shot of herself looking fresh-faced and wearing a blue tank top. “This pregnancy is so different than my first one! This time around, I’m prepared to take on the added responsibility, and I’m confident in my parenting abilities. I can’t stress enough how important it is to wait until you’re ready to have children. Follow @CandiesOrg to learn more!”
This is not the first time Bookout has spoken out about the difficulties she faced when she was pregnant at just 16 years old. During an interview with E! News, she touched on the subject and compared the experiences of her two pregnancies.
“It’s a positive experience and I feel like I’m allowed to be happy and allowed to be excited,” she said of the second time around. “Before, it was just negative. I wanted to hide from the world and not talk about it because I was only 16.”
We’re so glad Bookout is enjoying her second pregnancy and that she’s shedding light on the issues that teen moms face by supporting the Candies Foundation, which focuses on educating America’s youth about the consequences of teen pregnancy.