Gov. Sarah Palin's 18-year-old daughter, Bristol, sent a message to teens her age, Monday, saying she hopes "people will learn from" her experience as a young mother and the challenges she's had to face since having her son.
In her first interview since giving birth to Tripp in December, Palin told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren it's been "different" for her, but that she was "excited to be a mom."
"It's not just [having] the baby that's hard," she said. "It's just like I'm not living for myself anymore... It's for another person."
"It's so much easier if you're married, have a house and career," Palin later added. "It's not a situation you want to strive for."
Palin's unexpected pregnancy sparked a stream of headlines after her mother made the announcement on the campaign trail last year. Many speculated that Gov. Palin's pro-life stance led to her daughter keeping the baby, but Bristol held that she ultimately made the choice.
"It doesn't matter what my mom's views are on it. It was my decision," she said.
Palin was 17 and unmarried at the time. She says her and Tripp's father, Levi Johnson, will eventually get married.
"We're focusing on getting through school though, getting a career going," she said.
Palin described her son as "awesome" and said motherhood was "challenging but rewarding." She said revealing the pregnancy to her parents was "harder than labor."
Still, Gov. Palin said her family was behind Bristol all the way.
"It's not the most ideal situation, but certainly you make the most of it," the new grandmother said. "Bristol is a strong and bold young woman and she is an amazing mom."
Palin said she wanted to used the interview to speak out and be an advocate against teen pregnancy.
Sources: FOX News, ABC News