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'Secret Life of the American Teenager': Heartbreak in store for Ben and Adrian -- EXCLUSIVE

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On tonight’s Secret Life of the American Teenager, preparations continue for Adrian and Ben’s coming nuptials (which will play out in a two-hour episode May 30) – and their impending baby. But viewers are in for a serious tearjerker with June 6’s episode. [HUGE SPOILER ALERT]

Creator/executive producer Brenda Hampton tells EW exclusively that when Adrian (Francia Raisa) goes to the hospital to have her baby with new husband Ben (Kenny Baumann), the show’s second pregnant teen will experience the excruciating heartbreak of losing her child at full-term, and the couple will be left to face the emotional aftershocks of the loss, as well as their hasty pre-birth marriage, in the upcoming summer episodes. “The possibility is so far outside the realm of what Adrian and Ben are thinking that they won’t see it coming,” Hampton says. “She’s taken good care of herself, she’s done all the right things, but… these things happen. I think even though viewers are going to know what is going to happen, they too will be overwhelmed with emotion.”

Indeed, the emotional episode (which EW has previewed) allows for some above-and-beyond performances from Raisa, Baumann, and Steve Schirripa as Ben’s dad. And the tragedy will have ripple-effect consequences throughout the rest of the season, starting with Amy “choosing this moment to cling to Ricky,” as Hampton says, and bringing the two teen moms closer. Of course, the major impact will be on Adrian, who “will go from depressed to angry to acting as if it never happened to finally allowing herself to accept the loss, as well as deal with her past and why she has made the choices she’s made in her life,” Hampton explains. “Then she’ll have to decide whether or not she wants to continue to make bad choices or learn and grow from the experience. Is the experience going to mean nothing, in other words, or will it transform her?”

Most likely the latter, at least eventually, as producers decided early on to tackle this different side of teen pregnancy specifically to make a point: “Every teen pregnancy does not end in apparent happiness like Amy’s,” Hampton says. “There are problems, lots of problems, physical, emotional, life-changing problems. It’s just one of the possible consequences of unprotected sex.”

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