'Teen Mom' Mackenzie Douthit Risks Her Life for a Baby

Mackenzie Douthit McKeeMackenzie Douthit McKee has been spending a lot of time defending her second pregnancy since news broke just before the Teen Mom 3 star's wedding that she was expecting. Considering she only just turned 19 this month and son Gannon only just turned 2, it seemed awfully fast. And, it turns out, Mackenzie's pregnancy is awfully dangerous!

The reality star is taking her life into her hands by going for baby number two!

The Teen Mom star had told Twitter followers last month that doctors had told her she couldn't have any kids after age 21, but now she's singing a different tune. From the story she told Life & Style, her doctors would have preferred she didn't get pregnant at all, and the dangerous part is far from over. Like her father, Brad, Mackenzie is a diabetic, and she's at risk of slipping into a coma during labor:

My blood sugar could get so low that I pass out -- and won't wake up ... My doctors didn’t want me to go through this again, but really if you look at it in the long run, it’s way better to have kids young while my body’s still somewhat healthier than waiting until I was older.

She certainly has a point about younger bodies being stronger, and I can't fault her for wanting more kids.

But she's bravely opened her story up for the world to ponder, and there's an important question moms who are dealing with health issues like Mackenzie's need to be asking themselves: when is the risk too great? When do you take the kid (or kids) you already have and say, "You know what? That's enough"?

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I hope Mackenzie is fine, that she gets through this pregnancy and has another baby as adorable (and healthy!) as Gannon.

But as she said, there are risks here.

What happens if this pregnancy kills her and then there are two babies with no mom? Or one baby with no mom?

I can't help but think of little Gannon in all of this. He's a 2-year-old who deserves to have his mom around!

Most moms I know will tell you that having kids made them less likely to take risks they would have taken pre-kids ... because they're too worried about not being around for their children. We drive slower. We're wary of getting on airplanes. We're hesitant to do anything of a daredevil nature.

Mackenzie herself is still very young, young enough that she's probably got that feeling of invincibility that infected us all in our teenage years. But it won't last forever.

Hopefully she'll have a healthy baby in February and then she will be DONE. No more pregnancies. No more needless risks.

What have you stopped doing now that you have kids?


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nonmember avatar Valccgirl

This does not answer your question, but whileI can't speak to her situation specifically, the idea that some one with type one diabetes that has good control can not have a healthy successful pregnancy is ridiculous! My sister has had type 1 diabetes since we was 8 and is in her early 30s and has had 3 healthy pregnancies with 3 healthy babies as a result. She has many friends with type 1 diabetes that have had similar experiences. Just like a regular pregnancy educating yourself on your situation is key. The idea that some one with type 1 diabetes just should not have kids is outdated.

Mara K Rajput

I think some doctors are fearful of lawsuits if something goes wrong so are overly cautious about pregnancy and often recommend aborting, even pressure women into abortion.  If something's wrong with the baby, some families sue the doctors for "wrongful life".

Baile... Bailey8307

I think its wrong to judge her decision. It is her body, her family and her decision. We do not know all the details of her health and it's really none of our business. She has been through one pregnancy already, I"m sure she is taking every precaution she can and made the decision she thought would be best for her family. Prayers for a safe and healthy delivery for mom and baby!

Eddie... EddiesMama1983

If she chose to abort her baby, you would be supporting her. But since she's keeping the baby, you have to bash her instead.

cleig... cleigh717

I wudnt call airplane travel risky, but I understand your point.

Reeder Reeder

I thought she got the mirana in one of the episodes?? 

Krystian Kaufold

Reeder, what is being shown on TV now is over a year old. 

As long as she is in control of her diabetes, it really shouldn't matter. 

I have type two diabetes, and blood clotting, so every time I get pregnant in the future I will have to be on insulin and be on blood thinners....this pregnancy for me has been pure 100% hell. And has not gone the way I wanted it to go. And is unhealthy, and trust me I am on every kind of medication for every single problem. 

But does that mean because I have one high risk pregnancy I shouldn't get pregnant again? 

All you do is judge these girls. 

Katie Hurula

I can speak from a health risk. I have Seizures. Have 3 wonderful boys. I was scared one either I would die or my baby would cause I was a high risk. They told me I probably wouldn't ever be able to have kids. I have a 5 a 3 and a 3 month. Kids are blessing and no matter what its her choice. I understand your point though I haven't really done anything risky. I couldn't live with myself if my babies lost me.

nonmember avatar Lena

Pregnancy is risky, even under normal circumstances. If she knows the risk, accepts the risk, and works with her doctor to avert the risk, who are you to put your nose in her business? Liberals are always about a woman's right to choose... as long as they choose to do what YOU think is best.

count... countingstars24

Honestly, doctors overreact most of the time just to cover themselves from a lawsuit. I wouldn't drink during my pregnancy, but there are new studies coming out that says light drinking in your second and third trimester have no negative affect on your child. Even with that, how many doctors are going to say "Oh yeah, I agree, go ahead and have glass of wine"? Probably not very many considering if something happens to that child they would be opening themselves up to a potential lawsuit. If they told her that she has diabetes but that there was low risk of anything happening to her and she should try for kid number two,and then something happened to the baby or her, then that would be a pretty major lawsuit. Anyone that has diabetes runs the risk of going in to a coma from having too high or too low blood sugar, not just pregnant women. And judging whether someone has the right to have a child because of a medical condition is wrong. If you had made the arguement that she was too young and was not able to care for two children financially, I could have at least respected that opinion. Its sad that their are parents out there who abuse their children physicall and sexually, or just leave toddlers at home alone to go party, score drugs, or go to work, but you are judging this girl off of a medical condition. Shame on you.

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