Oh…My…God. The Duggars are expecting again!
Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, stars of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting, are expecting Number 20 this Spring. We got tired jut typing this!
“We are so excited,” says Michelle Duggar, 45, who suffered from preeclampsia during her last pregnancy, which resulted in daughter Josie, now almost 2-years-old, being born at 25 weeks and weighing only 1 lb., 6 oz. “I feel good. I am past the sickness stage now.”
The Duggar clan now includes Joshua, 23, twins Jana and John-David, 21; Jill, 20; Jessa, 19; Jinger, 17; Joseph, 16; Josiah, 15; Joy-Anna, 14; twins Jedidiah and Jeremiah, 12; Jason, 11; James, 10; Justin, 8; Jackson, 7; Johanna, 6; Jennifer, 4; and Jordyn, 3, and Josie, who was born on December 10, 2009.
Some are questioning Michelle and Jim-Bob’s decision to have another child, considering Michelle Duggar fought for her life during Josie’s birth.
However, Jim-Bob Duggar says that Michelle, who will undergo her first planned c-section with baby Number 20, is healthy and happy. “Michelle is probably in better health now than she was 10 years ago,” says Jim Bob, 46. “She has been getting on an elliptical for about an hour a day and is very careful of what she eats.”
Michelle Duggar is under the care of a high-risk pregnancy doctor, and is said to be carefully monitoring what she eats and avoiding caffeine. However, those who have suffered from preeclampsia before—a condition that randomly strikes 10 to 15 percent of women—are at higher risk.
“If we had lived by fear after Michelle had preeclampsia after her second delivery, we would have missed out on all our wonderful blessings,” Jim-Bob Duggar says. “So many of her pregnancies have gone extremely well.”