Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar: Planning Baby #20?

by at . Comments

Arkansans Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have, obviously, always been open about their intentions to raise children - we're talking about a lot of children.

But the stars of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting faced near tragedy with their 19th child's premature birth, leading many observers to conclude that was it.

The Duggar Family Photo

Not so fast.

The couple, whose baby Josie Duggar was hospitalized for six months with a perforated bowel and rare digestive problems, are considering a 20th child.

"Our family is stronger than ever," Jim Bob Duggar, 45, and Michelle Duggar, 43, tell People in its new cover story. "We made it through the storm."

That's not to say it's an easy call. Born months early after Michelle's pregnancy-induced high blood pressure, Josie's life has been in danger throughout.

"When she first came home, I couldn't sleep at all," Michelle said. "That was the scariest part, the full responsibility of her care on my shoulders."

Similarly daunting are the medical risks Michelle could face with another pregnancy – particularly a return of preeclampsia (high blood pressure), which can lead to a fatal stroke or other awful scenarios. But the pair vow to stick to their beliefs.

"People think we are overpopulating the world," says Jim Bob, a real estate agent and former Arkansas State Legislature member, in response to critics of his large but debt-free family. "We are following our convictions."

Should Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have a 20th baby?

 

Tags:
Like Us On Facebook

More From The Hollywood Gossip

Jessa-duggar-boyfriend

Ben Seewald: Jessa Duggar's Boyfriend Bashes Catholics in Controversial Facebook Post

Ben Seewald's Facebook page is again a source of controversy. Jessa Duggar's boyfriend found himself the target of a barrage of criticism after psting a status update in which he criticized Catholicism.
Michelle-and-jim-bob-duggar

Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar Celebrate 30th Wedding Anniversary, Reflect on Honeymoon

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have been married 30 years, with 19 kids and three grandchildren to show for it. Happy anniversary!
Jill-duggar-and-derick-dillard-instagram-photo

Jill Duggar Officially Changes Name, Shares More Honeymoon Photos!

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard are still celebrating their marriage! The newlyweds shared more photos from their honeymoon online today.
Hobby-lobby-ruling-what-does-it-mean

Bill Gothard: Duggar Family's Disgraced Minister Was Funded by Hobby Lobby

The discgraced former minister of the Duggar family was funded for much of his career by Hobby Lobby. The retail chain was recently at the heart of a controversial Supreme Court decision.

Avatar

I to believe strong in God and he wants us to have his favor. But I feel he knows when enough is enough. I feel he was telling them with there last pregnancy. There plate is full and there a happy family. They are now having grandkids so now it's there children's turn to start having babies. They to know how blessed they arefor what they have and enjoy what has been given them. God knows what we need. I think if I had the problems she had with the last one I would have felt like the Lord was telling me something. And they say there dept L
free well I guess they are there show is what has made them dept free. When they first started the show they were going to good will and they lived in a small home. I feel they are using there kids now for there gain. Look what the show has done for them. I'd have 30 kids to if I could profit from having kids.

Avatar

I to believe strong in God and he wants us to have his favor. But I feel he knows when enough is enough. I feel he was telling them with there last pregnancy. There plate is full and there a happy family. They are now having grandkids so now it's there children's turn to start having babies. They to know how blessed they arefor what they have and enjoy what has been given them. God knows what we need. I think if I had the problems she had with the last one I would have felt like the Lord was telling me something. And they say there dept free well I guess they are there show is what has made them dept free. When they first started the show they were going to good will and they lived in a small home. I feel they are using there kids now for there gain. Look what the show has done for them. I'd have 30 kids to if I could profit from having kids.

Avatar

Imagine if all couples in the world has 20 kids...how do u feed everyone and give housing to everyone and give them jobs once they are too many...there is 7 billion now...how much can the world take...do they ever think about that?...the more people in the world, the more competition because of scarce resources...the more crimes, the more wars, we need a two child policy...

Avatar

Michelle digger is fucking crazy. When she was talking about Jason's injury, she laughter. What the hell? I mean just cause you haven't died after 19 kids doesn't mean you should have more!! If I was her kid I wld pro lay kill myself

Avatar

michelle duggar can have as many kids that she whant to have she is a good mother to those kids and a good teacher to those children everyday

Avatar

michelle dugggar can have as many as she want to have and i love those people to i use to watch that show and they are great people

Avatar

I love watching the Duggars, and admire them for having so many kids. When I was young I always want a lot of kids, but my life did not go in that directions. I can't get enough of looking at this show. She is the Women that I wanted to be

Avatar

i say yes she have another baby again because i love them so very much they are my favorite michelle duggar and jim bob to

Avatar

I find it so interesting how everyone is saying how her last pregnancy with Josie almost killed them both. IF Michelle had not delivered Josie at the strong advice of her doctors, that could have happened, but it didn't! Michelle suffered the exact same condition with Jana and John David 20 years ago, for the exception of the gall bladder, that had NOTHING to do with the pregnancy. Pre-eclampsia does NOT pick and chose pregnancies, it's something that happens completely out of the blue. If Michelle's OBGYN strongly advised them NOT to have any more children, I'm sure that they would both heed that advise. Do you people have nothing better to do with your lives, than to sit and bash this family, that has done NOTHING to you, except to piss you off for having so many kids?

Avatar

Michelle put her life and the baby's life in danger with the last pregnancy. If she continues to have more children, her children face the very real possibility of losing her. She is irresponsible to put her self at risk with continued pregnancies. If she feels the need for a larger family, there are children, especially special needs children that need adopting into loving homes.