Hoping to set an example for others with her own experience, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter, Bristol Palin, would now like to become an advocate for preventing teen pregnancy.
"Everyone should wait 10 years," the younger Palin told Greta Van Susteren on a FOX News
segment that aired Monday night. "I hope people learn from my story … It's so much easier if you're married, have a house and career. It's not a situation you want to strive for."
Palin, 18, also said in the interview – her first since the teen made headlines
last summer during Sarah Palin's GOP vice-presidential campaign
– that her mother's view of abstinence, especially in regard to teenagers, is "not realistic at all."
Bristol further stated that although her mother is an outspoken Right to Life advocate, "It was my choice to have the baby. It doesn't matter what my mom's views are on it. It was my decision."
Recounting how she first informed her parents, Todd and Sarah Palin, of her condition, Bristol said she gathered her boyfriend, Levi Johnston, and her best friend, but that getting the words out of her mouth was "harder than labor."
The friend broke the news to the parents, said Bristol, who also described Johnston as a "hands-on dad." She added, "Eventually we'd like to get married.
As for her new situation, "I like being a mom," said Bristol. "I love it, just seeing him smile and stuff. It's awesome."
Appearing late in the interview, carrying her grandson
Tripp Johnston, Gov. Palin said, "Hey, life happens." Of her unwed, teenage daughter's pregnancy, she said, "Not the most ideal situation, certainly you make the most of it."
Bristol announces pregnancy & plans to wed