The Duggars Expecting 20th Child
First Published: November 8, 2011 9:48 AM EST Credit: TLC
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Duggars have their 20th child on the way!
“19 Kids and Counting” stars Michelle and Jim Bob will welcome their next child in the spring, People reported.
“We are so excited,” the Duggar mother, 45, who is three-and-a-half months along, told the mag. “I feel good. I am past the sickness stage now.”
The couple’s most recent child, Josie, born on Dec. 10, 2009, is doing well after being born premature at just 25 weeks.
“It is a miracle. Josie is the most energetic, busy little almost-2-year-old,” Michelle told the mag. “She is short, and yet she can keep up with the big girls and she thinks she is just as big as they are. We are amazed at what she can do.”
According to dad Jim Bob, his wife is doing better than ever.
“Michelle is probably in better health now than she was 10 years ago,” the 46-year-old said. “She has been getting on an elliptical for about an hour a day and is very careful of what she eats.”
During her last pregnancy, the Duggar mother was diagnosed with preeclampsia and is now under the care of a high-risk pregnancy doctor. She is eating very healthy with plenty of protein, vegetables and skipping the caffeine – along with getting plenty of rest.
“We are just going to do the best we can,” she explained. “I am taking a nap every day, and we are just taking good care.”
Jim Bob added, “If we had lived by fear after Michelle had preeclampsia after her second delivery, we would have missed out on all our wonderful blessings. So many of her pregnancies have gone extremely well.”
One aspect of their latest pregnancy that will be different is Michelle’s first scheduled C-section.
“I’ve never had a planned C-section,” Michelle told the mag. “So this one will be different.”
In addition to their youngest daughter Josie, the couple is also parents to Joshua, 23 (who has two children, Mackynzie, 2 and Michael, 4 months, with wife Anna, 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.
The season finale of “19 Kids and Counting” airs tonight at 9 PM on TLC.
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