Jessa Duggar: Pregnancy Differs from Jill Dillard's Because of Josh Duggar's Actions

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Jessa Duggar Seewald is expecting her first baby with hubby Ben Seewald in November. She is fast learning, however, that her pregnancy is a bit bittersweet when compared to sister Jill Duggar Dillard's.

Jill Duggar's baby was born on a TLC 19 Kids and Counting special, so she could look forward to sharing the blessed event with her fans. Jessa Duggar won't have that experience, thanks to big brother Josh Duggar.

In addition to being one of Josh Duggar's sexual molestation victims, Jessa Duggar is upset that because of Josh, the family's reality show was cancelled by TLC last month.

"It is now bittersweet, because it's not lost on [Jessa] that Jill giving birth to Israel got an entire TLC special devoted to it," a source who has worked closely with the Duggar family says in an interview with People magazine.

"Jessa would have liked to have had the same sort of platform to give thanks, show what a miracle she feels her child is and express her gratitude," the source continues. But with the cancellation of 19 Kids and Counting in May, "the show isn't there to chronicle this happy time, and even though she's posting on social media, the scandal still gets brought up by commenters. So much has changed for Jessa compared to what Jill experienced, and it can't be changed back. And that's sad for her."

Brother Josh Duggar has just admitted to more sexual deviance, too. Just days after word hit the media about two Ashley Madison accounts, he admits to having an addiction to pornography and to cheating on his wife, Anna Duggar.

Jessa Duggar--along with sister Jill Duggar Dillard--will appear on a TLC special on August 30. The special documentary--to be aired without any commercial interruption--is called Breaking the Silence, and is about survivors of sexual abuse. Jessa Duggar and sister Jill both admitted to being two of their brother's five victims.

Perhaps Jessa Duggar can separate herself from her family for a while and concentrate on making her own life with husband Ben. Maybe that will help provide a bit of perspective on the troubles the entire family has endured at the hands of her eldest sibling.

Of course those who follow the former 19 Kids and Counting family, realize there's likely no way Jessa Duggar will do any such thing.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.