Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar Actively Trying for Baby Number 20

Duggars Try for Baby 20

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar announcing earlier this week that they are actively (ew) trying for baby number 20.  Let that visual sink into your head for a minute.

The somewhat famous Arkansas couple, stars of TLC’s popular show 19 Kids and Counting, admitted that they would be very grateful if the Lord blessed them with another child.  Claiming that they are actively trying and they shall see if it is indeed a possibility.  Ma Duggar says that they are already so blessed and thankful for each child that God has given them so far and they are most certainly enjoying their three grandchildren.  If another child doesn’t happen naturally they are also not opposed to adoption.

All this begs the question, how much is too much?  Would having another child be too much for Michelle’s body to handle?  At age 47, she is already looking at the tail end of her childbearing years.  Let’s start with her health problems.  Back in November of 2011 the couple had announce that they were happily expecting child number 20.  Sadly, the pregnancy ended less than a month later when Michelle suffered a miscarriage.  And it wasn’t her first.  The couple rallied together, tapping into their deep seeded faith, and held a memorial service for the little girl they were to name Jubilee Shalom Duggar.

Even worse, back in December of 2009 Duggar gave birth via emergency Caesarean section to her 19th child, a daughter named Josie Brooklyn, who was born three months too soon.  Michelle had been rushed to the hospital with what she thought was a gallstone attack.  Once there it was discovered that she was suffering from pre-eclampsia, a medical condition characterized by high blood pressure and significant amounts ofprotein in the urine in pregnant women.  Little Josie weighed in at only 1 lb, 6 oz.  After nearly four months in the hospital, Josie was released in April of 2010 only to be readmitted to the hospital a few days later after her vital signs had dropped.  The Duggars were staying at a rental home in nearby Little Rock in order to be closer to the hospital in case of such an emergency.  They were finally able to bring Josie home to their Tonitown, Arkansas home in June of 2010.

The couple’s critics, and there are many, have long argued that the Duggars have little to no concern over global overpopulation.  Michelle claims that they do not believe the hype.  She says that they have studied it and they believe that overpopulation is one giant misconception. She goes on to say that there is an ideology behind overpopulation that she doesn’t agree with at all.  Hey, she is entitled to her opinion.  There’s room for all of us here.

Whether or not another baby will come to be, either naturally or by way of adoption, is yet to be seen.  But the Duggars have proven to be very determined in the past and have never let their critics derail them from their attempts.  Have you gotten the visual of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar “actively trying” to make baby number 20 out of your mind yet?

(Op-ed)

By: Mary Kay Love

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9 Responses to "Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar Actively Trying for Baby Number 20"

  1. Finnagan   May 11, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    It is crazy to try and have another baby, after what happened with michelle and Josie. It is rude of jim bob to expect this. Maybe for ratings and $.

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  2. katie   May 8, 2014 at 8:24 am

    I love this family 🙂 I agree with all of you but Misty.

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  3. Sam   February 19, 2014 at 5:07 am

    Just leave them alone if they want 50 that’s their business they take care of them and everyone seems happy so what’s the problem and why do you picture then doing this do you picture every couple doing the act y’all are kinda creepy if you do

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  4. Heather Pilkinton   January 31, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Why is this family even famous? It is silly to idolize this family simply because they practice the act of procreation. I really don’t care how many children they have, but I don’t think there should be endless rounds of publicity over it, either.

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  5. Anonymous   January 31, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    They should be alowed to have as many kids as they want without people judging then.they are raising kids to be followers of God and that’s all that matters

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  6. Lola Reich   December 15, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    These folks are raising responsible kids, they aren’t on welfare, and the public needs to stay out of the Duggar marriage bed! I would rather see 30 Duggar children than kids brought into the world by welfare moms and “shot in the dark” dads.

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  7. Mary Kay Love   November 6, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Agree, A fan of loving families. My main issue is with Mrs. Duggar’s health. I would hate to see her in jeopardy when adoption is a viable option for them.

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  8. A fan of loving families   November 6, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Bringing more people into the world that are sure to make it a better place filled with more love can only be a good thing. The family will give more than it takes from this world, and it’s all about that balance. There are some people who should have that many children. The Duggar’s are a fine example of that.

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  9. Mitsy   October 14, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    When you have grandkids, it’s time to STOP the baby-making. The thought of them procreating makes me ill. They have hung up their brains in the name of religion & it sickens me.

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