Palin, appearing on "Good Morning America" to kick off a campaign for teen abstinence, said that her infant son is a "blessing," but one she wishes she could have enjoyed later in her life.
"My son is a blessing; he's the best thing to ever happen to me," she told ABC's Chris Cuomo. "But I do wish that years from now I could have the same son."
"I would have waited -- waited for have sex, obviously," she explained. "Regardless of what I did personally, I just think abstinence is the only effective, foolproof, 100 percent way to prevent pregnancy."
Palin said that she hopes the baby's father, Levi Johnston, will stay in her child's life, and characterized her having to explain her pregnancy to her parents as being "harder than labor."
She also said remarks of hers about abstinence for teens being "unrealistic" were taken out of context, and that she pays little attention tot he chatter about her mother, the former Republican vice presidential candidate.
"I don't see myself as a celebrity, I don't want to be one," Palin said. "But I think using this experience in my life to help others is a blessing."