20 Kids And
Still Sleeping

With 18 kids at home and two grandchildren, power mom Michelle Duggar says she still has the time to take power naps, take care of herself and hit the elliptical machine for an hour a day.

While Michelle Duggar and her husband Jim Bob of 19 Kids and Counting fame recently revealed that they are expecting their 20th child, many critics couldn't help but wonder how the couple manage to keep up with their large family.

According to the reality television mom, she still manages to find the time to take a power nap in the middle of the day and take care of herself -- while many mothers simply don't.

"I am taking a power nap every day," she tells People magazine. "And I'm eating a lot of protein and green vegetables and no caffeine, which is a new thing for me."

Duggar's last pregnancy was a high-risk matter, though. She suffered from gallbladder problems as well as preeclampsia. In order to save her life, doctors delivered daughter Josie three and a half months prematurely -- she weighed only one pound, six ounces at birth, and endured a series of health emergencies, including a perforated bowel.

Luckily for the Duggar family, Josie is now home and is developing normally. She will celebrate her second birthday in December.

Still though, that hasn't stopped her from getting pregnant again -- and collecting another TLC paycheck.

"I read up a lot on preeclampsia [while pregnant with Josie]," says Michelle,"and it is a crazy, random thing. I have been getting counseled from a high-risk pregnancy doctor in Little Rock and taking good care of myself."

The Duggars' 19 children, who range in age from 23 years to 23 months, are: Joshua, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn-Grace and Josie.

Image courtesy Scott Enlow/TLC

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Rebecca December 06, 2011 | 7:17 AM

Her older daughters are basically indentured servants. They even have to share a room with their toddler sisters which means they are the ones getting up with them, not Michelle. The only reason Michelle can "handle" having 20 children is because the majority of the burden falls to others, not herself. Child Birther of the Year maybe but Mother of the Year, no way. Once Josie, who is still on oxygen and has obvious special needs, is handed over to them, their burden is going to be even more. For people who talk about how happy they all seem, you are failing to realize that the religious organization they belong to views a "pleasant countenance" to be a must so even if you are exhausted, depressed and suicidal, appearing unhappy and not having a smile plastered on your face at all times is not an option.

Karen November 11, 2011 | 8:59 PM

Congratulations! Yes, God is "giving" you these kids...but wake up! He also gave you a brain! Use it!! To continue to risk the health of your babies to have them to me is a form of child endangerment before/and when they are born...think about it...

sue williams November 11, 2011 | 12:23 AM

The reason Michelle can manage naps is because Jana,Jill,Jessa and Jinger mind all the littlies. She did not deserve mother of the year. jill did!

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