Tuesday night’s episode of MTV’s 16 & Pregnant did not disappoint. This week’s story followed a cheerleader named Leah from West Virginia who was pregnant with twins. Leah only dated the father, Corey, for a month before she found out she was expecting. Unfortunately, the couple’s road did not lead towards a happy ending.
“It’s going to be rough, after one fun night in my truck,” Corey said, summing up the situation in his very unique way. Though they hadn’t quite figured out the logistics of their living situation, they had already named their new additions: Aliannah and Aleeah.
As expected, their parents were shocked and Corey and Leah mused over the things they’ve had to give up (cheerleading for her), whether they were made for one another (Leah still reminisced about her ex-boyfriend) and how they could make ends meet. Still, there were some sweet moments like when Corey and Leah laughed through an awkward moment when she peed in her pants.
The couple had their first serious scare six months into the pregnancy when Leah started having contractions. Three days later, the doctors found a solution besides delivering the babies early but then ordered her to bed rest. Despite the happy news (and a new apartment!) the couple’s financial situation kept a steady strain on their daily lives.
Six weeks from her pregnancy, Leah’s water broke during a sleepover with her mom that was supposed to help clear her head and give her rest. Corey proved an able partner, staying with Leah through the entire operation which delivered the two bouncing baby girls who were born a minute apart. Three days later she was discharged from the hospital but had to leave the babies behind in intensive care. “Now I’m just walking out with balloons,” Leah said through tears as they sat in Corey’s truck after leaving the hospital.
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Weeks later Leah was headed back to school, which incited Corey’s concern about her priorities and her ex-boyfriend who still hung out with her circle of friends. After a night out with her friends-and her ex- Leah made this conclusion about her life with Corey: “I’m not happy.” Before commercial break, she said in a voiceover, “What if I ended up with the wrong guy?”
Corey finally reached his breaking point with Leah’s pre-occupation over her regained social life. After a tear-soaked talk in the car, Leah and Corey separated for three days before meeting up for dinner that ended in another argument over money and visitation.
Valentine’s Day proved to be a turning point when Leah learned Corey may be dating another girl, causing her to realize how much he meant to her and what a great guy he really was. But was the revelation too late?
“I made a lot of mistakes, I wish I could take every little bit of it back,” Leah said in a reflective moment at the end of the show. She also revealed that Corey had fully washed his hands of their relationship and realized that her flirtation with her ex was just a meaningless method of escape. “My kids don’t have a family like they should have. I can’t take back the hurt that I had done…I’ll live with this regret for probably the rest of my life and it just scares me.”