The stars of TLC’s reality TV Show, “19 Kids and Counting” Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar announced on “Today” show they are expecting another little one in April 2012. TLC “19 Kids and Counting” will wrap their fifth season on Tuesday and will be airing a special “Duggars World Tour: Scottland & Ireland” premiering on November 13, 2011 at 8 p.m.
Michelle Duggar, 45 years old, says her last pregnancy was a blessing and “Our whole family is so excited that God has blessed us with another child. Each one of our children are thankful to be here!”
Her last pregnancy was high-risk and dangerous. She suffered from gall-bladder problems and preeclampsia. To save Michelle’s life, doctors delivered Josie three and a half months early via emergency c-section because vaginal birth was too risky. The baby Josie only weighed one pound, six ounces at that time of delivery. Josie, now 23 months old, had a series of health emergencies which included a perforated bowel.
“A lot of people have asked would we consider having more children after what we went through with Josie. That experience was one of the scariest things we have ever walked through as a family. We thank God, and are grateful for the many prayers offered on Josie’s behalf. What a miracle she is, our little sunshine, she is doing wonderful!”
With the high risk birth of their last pregnancy, Michelle Duggar will have a planned C-section with this 20th child.
“I’ve never had a planned C-section,” Michelle says. “So this one will be different.
“We are just going to do the best we can,” says Michelle. “I am taking a nap every day, and we are just taking good care.”
Jim Bob, 46 years old said:
“Michelle is probably in better health now than she was 10 years ago. She has been getting on an elliptical for about an hour a day, five to six times a week and is very careful of what she eats. If we had lived by fear after Michelle had preeclampsia after her second delivery, we would have missed out on all our wonderful blessings. So many of her pregnancies have gone extremely well.”
The Tontitown, Arkansas family, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are parents to children Joshua, 23 (who is married to Anna, 23 and has two children, Mackynzie, 2 and Michael, 4 months), twins Jana and John-David, 21; Jill, 20; Jessa, 19; Jinger, 17; Joseph, 16; Josiah, 15; Joy-Anna, 14; twins Jedidiah and Jeremiah, 12; Jason, 11; James, 10; Justin, 8; Jackson, 7; Johanna, 6; Jennifer, 4; and Jordyn, 3, Josie 23 months (born on December 10, 2009).
Watch the interview with the Duggar Family and Today show on NBC below: