Michelle Duggar: Is Baby Number 20 On Its Way?

    May 21, 2014
    Lindsay McCane
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Michelle Duggar and her husband Jim Bob Duggar have announced that they would like to have more children if God saw it fit.

The couple, who star on the TLC reality series 19 Kids and Counting, already have 19 children and 3 grandchildren.

“We would love more children if God saw fit to give us more,” Michelle said in a clip from their newest episode. “I just want to make sure that I am ready to catch a baby if that would happen.”

Michelle and Jim Bob recently visited fertility doctor and high-risk OB-GYN Paul Wendel in Little Rock, Arkansas to find out what their chances of conceiving another child looked like, and to find out if it would be safe for Michelle to get pregnant again at her age.

In 2011, Michelle became pregnant and carried the child until 19 weeks when, unfortunately, she suffered a miscarriage. They also struggled with their youngest child Josie’s birth, when she was born nearly four months early, due to Michelle’s severe bout with preeclampsia.

Dr. Wendel said that pregnancies become riskier with age, and with Michelle now 47-years-old, she could be looking at a risky pregnancy if they chose to conceive another child. “We do see occasionally pregnancies in women who are 47, 48, 49, even 50 but they are very unusual,” he said.

Michelle knows that she may not be able to have more children, but says she will welcome another baby with open arms if God decided they should have another. “If I am in that season of life where we’re not able to have any more, then I’m fine, I’m happy with that,” she explained. “But if there are things physically I need to know, that I need to do, health wise just to be ready to catch a baby if God saw fit to give us one.”

19 Kids and Counting is currently airing their 8th season. New episodes air on Tuesday nights on TLC.

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  • Pete

    If you want more kids go adopt a child in need. The Earth is already straining to support the population as it is now. I don’t care if you have enough money to support the child without help from welfare or anything. Money is not the only resource that exists in the world.

  • CutiePie

    Just be a mommy to your other kids and try being a grandma now to your grandkids…they all need you more than you need to gratify your desire to bear another child…”Grow up Michelle”

  • disbelief

    I too cannot understand going to a fertility doctor when your in your change of life. This seems somewhat selfish on your part – there are plenty of children that could fit into a loving family and I’m sure that could adopt easily. I’m not sure why you don’t even mention this as an option. You people are selfish, plan and simple.

    • Leia

      Adoption is not always easy or in the best interest of the child. I’d hate to see a child adopted into that family only to be raised by older siblings and ignored by the parents.

  • tinker bell

    Seriously, yes want another child, please go and adopt or carry those other 18 previous children of yours for women and couples out their so struggling and finding ways to have children where their bodies medically aren’t able too. “If God fit” please, and yes, I am Catholic but not carrying due to not wanting to endanger myself or my unborn child. I want to be a mom and not die trying. I beg you, please do not do this or carry it for someone who can NOT have any children.

  • doubletrouble

    Ewwwwwwwwww………..who wants to look at the old heifers parts at this point? Their ratings must have fallen and new drama is needed…….poor kids in that family know nothing other than diapers and tater tot casserole……the men swooping in on the girls are looking for the cameras to support their wives…..that is how I am reading their body language…..Jim Bob needs to get out of that house for the good of those poor kids…..

  • MollyPitcher

    Now this is beginning to sound like a numbers game, as if 19 children is not enough and they have to shoot for 20. I have no doubt they are good parents, and would not depend on their other children to take care of a new baby or an adopted child. But when you’ve already had 19 children, why do you need a fertility expert? At this point it isn’t God’s doing, but theirs.

  • shortwheels1958

    47 and Mother to 19. While I admire their family and the values they are raising this family with, my pessimism is being tweaked now as to how much more financial benefit they will incur by having baby number 20.
    On another note, it is a well known fact that women who conceive after 40 can have many problems develop during the pregnancy and the child has a high risk of being born with all kinds of birth defects and developmental problems.
    I was born to a 42 year old mother in the late 50’s. Very few women in the 50’s and 60’s had children in their 40’s because of the risks. I was born with Spina Bifida
    and have lived entire life with this disability. It is still the most common disability in the world and is almost always a result of a later in life pregnancy.
    Ms. Duggar almost died carrying her last child Josie. The child spent months in a NICU and does have some delays which are never talked about on the show. She could still develop problems as she grows and she will have to live her life with those problems. Mother and Dad and her other siblings won’t have to deal with it Josie will.
    I hope the Duggars will just be happy with the hoard of children they have or open their home and hearts to adopting number 20!

  • Ruth

    I truly believe that is couple needs help!!! This is sick behavior … or is this the way of staying on TV?

  • kat

    I am pro-life as well and would welcome as many children as God wants me to have… BUT, I also believe that God gave me a BRAIN and He expects me to use it! It can’t be healthy for mother (or child) to have that many children, and it’s foolish (and selfish) to continue to put yourself and the life of your unborn child at risk for the notoriety and publicity that comes with being the parents of 20 kids.

    I’m sure Mrs. Duggar knows her cycles pretty well and can probably tell -within a day or so – when she’s ovulating and the odds are favorable for her to conceive a child. If it were me, I’d tell Big Papa to keep his rear-end on his side of the bed!! That’s not considered birth control… it’s called COMMON SENSE!!