Jessa Duggar Seewald: 19 Kids and Counting Star Shares 22-Week Pregnancy Photo

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Jessa Duggar Seewald's pregnancy is progressing nicely. Now just past the 22-week mark, the 19 Kids and Counting star is more than halfway to motherhood. She and hubby Ben Seewald are anxiously awaiting the birth of their first child, and Jessa is helping pass the time by sharing pregnancy updates.

Just a few days ago, Jessa took a selfie of her growing baby bump. Looking healthy and beautiful, she shared the shot with her social media followers, informing them of what Baby Seewald--neither Jessa Duggar nor Ben Seewald has shared the gender of their unborn baby--weighs at this point.

"#BabySeewald now weighs just over a pound!" she captioned the post.

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Jessa Duggar Seewald's pregnancy is no doubt a very bright part of the 19 Kids and Counting family member's lives right now, in light of what they've all gone through since the media caught wind of Josh Duggar's sexual molestation scandal. Now his fifth victim--the only one who wasn't a Duggar sister--is likely filing a civil suit against Josh as well as his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. Jessa's life-affirming pregnancy is likely helping the family look toward brighter days.

Jessa is staying healthy and fit during her pregnancy by following the book, Trim Healthy Mama. She shared a photo of a delicious meal via Instagram.

"Reading through the book "Trim Healthy Mama" and feeling inspired! These ladies are great! By far the best, most well rounded approach to healthy eating, in my opinion! Y'all should definitely check it out. #TrimHealthyMama #EatWell," she captioned the photo.

The proud mom-to-be shared her thoughts and strong faith via the blog she writes with hubby Ben Seewald just a couple of weeks ago.

"We want to pause a moment and thank all of you who have been lifting us up in prayer. We are so grateful and blessed!

Our little family is, by God's grace, going to continue seeking to lovingly point people to Christ and encourage those who are down. God’s goodness and kindness to us even in difficult times is humbling and wonderful!

Baby Seewald is growing steadily and Mommy has been feeling some little, yet strong, kicks! We recently had an ultrasound, but aren't revealing our firstborn's gender yet. Can't wait to welcome this blessing from God into the world!

Here are some verses of exhortation for you all: "Therefore seeing we also are surrounded with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily ensnare us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God." -Hebrews 12:1-2"

Jessa Duggar Seewald is surely a source of inspiration for the rest of her family. She is focused on what's important, even in the midst of her family's turmoil. She and Ben will no doubt make great parents.

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.