"Everyone should be abstinent but it's not realistic at all ... [sex] is more and more accepted among kids my age," Bristol told FOX News in her first interview since giving birth to Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston in December. "You should just wait 10 years. It's so much easier."
Bristol Palin was thrust into the international spotlight just days after Sen. John McCain picked her mother to be his running mate on the GOP ticket, but one of the most difficult parts of her pregnancy, Bristol said, was telling her parents.
The confession was "harder than labor," she said.
"I had to grow up a lot faster than they ever would have imagine," she said.
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, with Tripp in arms, briefly joined her daughter on the set during the taping. She said she's proud of her daughter but her pregnancy at such a young age isn't "ideal."
"It sounds naive," she said. "Life happens."
The young mom said that motherhood is "not glamorous" and that she's exhausted from tending to baby Tripp half the night but that she loves being a mom and is now trying to focus on getting on education. She said she hopes to marry the baby's father, Levi Johnston.
"It's not just the baby that's hard," she said. "I'm not living for myself anymore, it's for another person."
Palin said she has no regrets but cautioned teens against becoming young parents.
"I don't regret it at all I just wish it would've happened in 10 years and not right now," she said. "I hope that people learn from my story and prevent teen pregnancy."