MTV isn’t starting from scratch with Teen Mom 2, the follow-up to the sometimes controversial reality show Teen Mom. Instead, it’s bringing back four girls from the second season of 16 and Pregnant to see where their lives as young mothers have taken them.
The girls – Chelsea, Jenelle, Kailyn and Leah – are all facing a unique set of challenges as they raise their babies while still growing up themselves.
• CHELSEA: Raising a daughter, Aubree. Chelsea is still involved with her baby’s father, Adam, but it’s a tumultuous relationship – and one that Chelsea’s friends and family would like to see end. A popular softball star, Chelsea dropped out of high school during her senior year while she was pregnant. The show will follow Chelsea as she moves into a new place with her best friend and dreams of enrolling in beauty school.
• JENELLE: Raising a son, Jace. The father is completely out of the picture, leaving Jenelle to rely on her own mother, Barbara, for parenting help. Jenelle is a party girl, and has trouble reconciling that part of her life with her mothering duties. Eventually, Barbara takes matters into her own hands and sues her daughter for custody of Jace. Meanwhile, Jenelle enrolls in college courses, works to support herself.
• KAILYN: Raising a son, Isaac. Kailyn’s boyfriend Jo and his family supported her throughout the pregnancy and even took her in after Kailyn’s mother left her with no place to go. But when Kailyn and Jo’s relationship suffers, she moves into the basement as she juggles two part-time jobs and a full course load at community college.
• LEAH: Raising twin girls, Alianna and Aleeah. Leah has been trying to make things work with the girls’ father, Corey, but they broke up after she cheated on him with an ex-boyfriend. When Leah discovers that one of the babies is dealing with health issues, her bond with Corey strengthens and they try to reconcile.
Teen Mom 2 premieres Jan. 11 (10 p.m. ET) on MTV.