LOS ANGELES - OCT 16:  Bristol Palin at the Habitat for HumanityFor many people, the announcement of a pregnancy is exciting but it’s also not uncommon for it to be a time of shock, fear and confusion. It seems as though Bristol Palin’s big news falls into the latter category.

When her mother, Sarah Palin, was running for vice president alongside John McCain, Bristol was a teenager. During the campaign, it was revealed that the young woman was expecting a baby with her then-boyfriend, Levi Johnston. Unfortunately, their relationship did not last and Bristol has been raising their six-year-old son, Tripp.

Cancelled Wedding

In the years since she first emerged into the spotlight, Bristol has appeared on a number of television programs including Dancing with the Stars. It seemed that life was about to settle down for her when she became engaged to Marine, Dakota Meyer, but their Memorial Day weekend wedding was canceled just days before it was to take place.  “I know God’s plan is greater than anything else,” she wrote on her blog at the time, “and Tripp and I are in Alaska beginning to rebuild our lives under much different circumstances than we anticipated.”

Blog Post Announcement

There has been no explanation as to what happened (not that the public needs to know) but things took a surprising turn when Bristol published a blog post saying that she was announcing her second pregnancy “sooner than [she] ever expected due to the constant trolls who have nothing better to talk about.”

She went on to detail how difficult things have been emotionally. She wrote: “Honestly, I’ve been trying my hardest to keep my chin up on this one. At the end of the day there’s nothing I can’t do with God by my side, and I know I am fully capable of handling anything that is put in front of me with dignity and grace. Life moves on no matter what. So no matter how you feel, you get up, get dressed, show up, and never give up. When life gets tough, there is no other option but to get tougher.”

The 24-year-old is clearly bracing herself for public scrutiny since she added: “I know this has been, and will be, a huge disappointment to my family, to my close friends, and to many of you. But please respect Tripp’s and my privacy during this time. I do not want any lectures and I do not want any sympathy. My little family always has, and always will come first. Tripp, this new baby, and I will all be fine, because God is merciful.”

It can be very challenging to deal with something as major as an unplanned pregnancy under the best of circumstances so it’s fair to assume that, in light of all that has happened, this is extremely difficult for Bristol. Regardless, of what people think of her mother, her political affiliation or her history, she’s still just a young woman trying to cope with a huge change in her life. Hopefully, she will get the support that she needs to get through this transition.