A pregnant teen achieved some Internet fame after images of her showing off her big belly made the rounds on social media, where many expressed their shock and raised questions about teen pregnancy in China.
The images, posted by Sina Weibo user "-Xiao Zheng Mei-" on Saturday, show the fresh-faced woman posing with her round stomach and include selfies with a young man who apparently is the baby’s father.
"I guess these post-2000 generation kids don’t have enough homework to do," read the apparently tongue-and-cheek caption.
Though their names are unknown, the 16-year-old mother-to-be and the young man, 17, are both from Xuchang, Henan Province, according to the "-Xiao Zheng Mei-" post.
"We’re married," reads one of the captions. "If it’s a boy we’ll name him Li Yunxi."
The legal age for marriage is 22 for men and 20 for women, according to Chinese Law.
The photos were reposted 47,000 times and received more than 14,000 likes and 43,000 comments on Weibo.
Many expressed their surprise at the young couple’s age and doubted their readiness to have a baby.
"That name Li Yunxi shows their level of education ... they watch too many Korean dramas," wrote "oceane loves Andrew Garfield," as Yunxi is a common Korean name and South Korean dramas are popular among teens.
Others focused on more meaningful social issues.
"This is not about young dating or comparing generations, it’s underage marriage! It’s on par with human trafficking - and hurts women in the same way. There’s nothing to laugh at!" posted "Tangyuanjun Youshi Yinian Chunlaidao," which received 20,000 likes.
The photos are also rare considering abortions are still largely used as a form of birth control for underage women.
According to a 2013 survey by the People’s Hospital in Guangzhou, abortion rates among women under 18 - many of them already employed - reached as high as 30 percent, Southern Weekend reported.