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Former Hear'Say star and current Coronation Street cast member, Kym Marsh takes a candid look at the realities for teenage mothers in the UK today.
Brought up on a housing estate in Wigan, Kym was one of the many who fell pregnant at a young age. By the time she was 21, she had two children to look after and times were tight. Sometimes she could not afford to pay for heating, and had to share nappies with her sister. Living on £80 a week in rented accommodation, she found it hard to get out of the rut. But Kym is a survivor.
Having now established herself professionally and financially, Kym leaves her showbiz world to return to her roots to meet a number of Manchester’s present-day teenage mums and experience their day-to-day lives. Kym is interested to discover how life has changed for today’s young mothers compared with her own experiences. She finds out how much money they have to live on, how they juggle bringing up a child with college, work and socialising, and how the stigma of their predicament affects them.
Kym tries to manage one mum’s budget and help another who is looking for work. She also tries to get across to some of the very youngest parents (one of whom gave birth at 13) that it is OK to have a social life. Will she manage to get her message across?