Palin, who backed an abstinence-only sex education program when she ran for governor in 2006, told Van Susteren to expect abstinence from all teenagers was "not realistic."
"Get beyond the ideal of abstinence," the 44 year old, new grandmother said. "Hey, life happens."
"Not the most ideal situation, certainly you make the most of it," said the governor.
Bristol Palin said she is getting help from many members of her family with raising the infant while continuing her studies. She told Van Susteren she has no immediate plans to marry Levi Johnson, who she described as a 'hands on Dad." Last year, there were reports that the couple would marry in the coming year.
"Eventually we'd like to get married," the young mother said. "We're focusing on getting through school though, getting a career going."