Michelle Duggar can just look at a pregnancy test and it’ll come out positive. Just last month, she announced on the Today show that she was pregnant with her 20th child.
But sadly, the 19 Kids and Counting star revealed on Thursday that she suffered a miscarriage. The family's lifestyle is controversial, but either way you look at it, that’s not an easy thing for any woman to go through.
"After the appointment, we came back home and told the children," says Michelle, 45.
"We had just been talking about baby names last night and they were getting excited about naming a boy or a girl. It has been a real sad disappointment."
Despite the sad turn of events for the family, Duggar says she still plans to name the child and will hold a funeral service.
"We will name this child and will know that we will see those children again someday in heaven."
During Michelle’s second pregnancy, she suffered her first miscarriage when she got pregnant while taking birth control. She cites that as the reason why they no longer use birth control.
“We named that baby Caleb even though we didn’t know if it was a boy or girl because the miscarriage was early,” she said. "We had just been talking about baby names last night and they were getting excited about naming a boy or a girl. It has been a real sad disappointment.”
She says the worst part was telling the rest of her kids. “They have all been so excited about this baby and looking forward to April coming around and having a new little one in our arms. That was the most difficult."
Michelle has--you guessed it, 19 children, ranging in age from 23 to 2. They’re probably the only family whose Christmas card says "to be continued...". Duggar’s youngest, Josie, had a premature birth in 2009. Despite that, Duggar said she wasn’t worried about this pregnancy.
OBGYN Rebecca Brightman appeared on the Today show on Friday to discuss the pregnancy.
“The fact that she had 19 previously, did that increase her risk [of miscarriage]?” host Ann Curry asked.
“No, no. She’s actually fortunate that she’s had so few to date,” Dr. Brightman said.
Duggar has been resting at home, following the advice of her doctor who also said “it was wise to let this miscarriage happen naturally.”
"I am resting and I have felt good physically, which is strange," says Michelle. "The kids are mothering me now. Jill just brought me some food and they are taking good care of me."