Michelle Duggar Suffers Miscarriage With 20th Child

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Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar announced some sad news today.

A month after they announced her pregnancy with their 20th child, their doctor was unable to find a heartbeat and told her she suffered a miscarriage.

"After the appointment, we came back home and told the children," says Michelle, 45. "We had just been talking about baby names last night and they were getting excited about naming a boy or a girl. It has been a real sad disappointment."

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She says the family will select a name after they know if the baby, miscarried in the second trimester, was a boy or girl, and then plan to have a funeral.

"I feel like my heart broke telling my children," says Michelle. "They have all been so excited about this baby and looking forward to April coming around and having a new little one in our arms. That was the most difficult."

Still, she adds that the family's faith perseveres: "The Lord is the giver of life and he can choose when that life is ready to go on and be with Him."

The stars of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting weathered myriad medical ordeal with their youngest daughter, Josie-Brookyln, born in December 2009.

This is actually her second miscarriage. Michelle lost a baby during her second pregnancy. She was taking oral birth control then, citing that as a big reason the pair decided they'd leave the number of children they have "up to God."

In light of these events, should the Duggars still try for a 20th?

 

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Give up with the babies already, you have 19 damn kids and 2 grandkids. thats enough!!

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I am so sorry for your loss. I am 32 and a mother of three with my last pregnancy my Dr. told me not to have anymore so I got my tubes tied at 25 and now I want to have more kids because I c how u raise yours and it can be done but I probably won't ever get that chance because I can't afford the surgery. I wish u luck and maybe u will have more kids in the future and I love watching your show.

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the bible says we are not to judge one another, if you had ever had a miscarriage you would extend nothing but sympathy to this family!!

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First to the dugger family I am so sorry for your loss and your in my prayers no one should ever have to suffer the loss of a child and now for the ones who are leaving hateful comments I really feel bad for y'all cause being like that is only going to make you suffer in the end god has a plan for us all and even though he took there child does not mean they shouldn't have anymore they are a great family rasing great children and rasing them to live for god and thats wonderful and they don't need welfare because the lord will bless them plenty I'm sure and no matter if you post nasty comments they well steal be a wonderful family with lots of childern that the lord loves so do you think your comments really matter

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I think for the ones leaving messed up comments you all are so sad and really my heart goes out to you

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Well I thank they should have all the children they want. I love there shows and and I thank they are a good blessing. There should be more familys like them. And i thank should have more kids.

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WE ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO JUDGE OTHERS. IF YOU FEEL ANYTHING FOR THIS FAMILY, PLEASE LET IT BE COMPASSION. OUR PRAYERS ARE WHAT THEY NEED. GOD BLESS ALL OF THE DUGGARS AND ALL WHO CHOSE TO OFFER AN OPINION HERE, WHETHER IT BE POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE.

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To be fair, I don't think they're on "welfare" per se, and I would never wish a misscarriage on anyone, but I would wish they'd use a little common sense. Her age and the previous problems with the last baby should have been enough to at least make them be careful. God gives us intelligence, and I think He meant for us to use it.

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It is sick that people would wish a miscarriage on anyone. It's ridiculous that someone would think it's due to greed that this family would want to have more children. I'm no fan of welfare people continuing to have children so they can remain on welfare, but here's an idea - do some research before you shove your foot into your mouth. I went to the Duggar website and - oh lookit there - they aren't on welfare. They are debt-free, which is something a LOT of people can't say. They support themselves and their children, which is something a LOT of people can't say. I say, bring it on. The more children they bring into the world who are raised with that mindset and those values, the better.

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Michelle's getting up there in age now. Something tells me that the couple will keep having children until she is physically unable to have any more. But as a woman gets older, the risks go up, for both mother and baby and the rate of miscarriages and genetic problems will rise as well. Michelle is a 45 year old woman now, and pregnancy is going to be harder on her body. Although it is the Duggar's business whether they have more children or not, it would be a shame to lose this mother or another baby over it. In my opinion, they are blessed with nineteen happy, healthy kids and they should consider now, that the health risks might outweigh benefits.

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