There won’t be a 20th Duggar baby after all — at least not yet. Michelle Duggar has sadly suffered a miscarriage in her second trimester of pregnancy.
Michelle told People she and Jim Bob Duggar found out the sad news at a routine check-up last Thursday when doctors were unable to find their baby’s heartbeat.
“After the appointment, we came back home and told the children,” Michelle, 45, told People.
“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.”
“I feel like my heart broke telling my children,” said Michelle. “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. The Lord is the giver of life and he can choose when that life is ready to go on and be with Him.”
Jim Bob initially broke the news on the family’s website.
“Earlier today at a routine doctor’s appointment, Michelle and I received the sad news that we lost the baby,” he wrote. “Michelle is resting comfortably at home with the support of the entire family. We are grateful for all the thoughts and prayers, but ask for privacy during this difficult time.”
The couple said they plan to select a name and hold a funeral service after doctors determine the gender of the baby.
This isn’t the first time the stars of 19 Kids and Counting have experienced baby heartbreak. Michelle miscarried during her second pregnancy, leading the couple to decide to follow their Quiverfull lifestyle.
Their last child, Josie, was born extremely premature at just 25 weeks. “She is a miracle baby and all of us are so lucky to have her,” Michelle said. “Just the fact that she’s here is just that something to be grateful about.”
The Duggars announced their pregnancy on the Today show in November.
Michelle’s second trimester loss is rare. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, only one to five percent of pregnancies are lost between 13 and 19 weeks’ gestation (losses later than this are considered stillbirths, not miscarriages).
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