Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson: Our Miscarriage Brought Us Closer Together

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Last week, Lauren Swanson revealed that she had suffered a miscarriage in the autumn of 2018.

In addition to speaking about that loss on Counting On, she and Josiah are opening up in a new interview.

Together, the married couple explains why they decided to share their heartbreak with the world.

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson Together

"I wasn't feeling well," Lauren explains on the new season of Counting On.

This took place in October of last year.

"I was cramping really, really bad," Lauren adds. "Which was quite strange because I normally don’t."

"I was thinking maybe I had something that had gluten in it," she shares. "That’s what I was thinking."

"Well, it was late at night and I went to use the restroom and right there was the baby," Lauren laments. "Gone."

Kisses for Each Other

Speaking to Fox News, Lauren explains why she and Josiah decided to inform fans of the experience.

"It was definitely something I was questioning myself whether I should share our miscarriage," Lauren admits.

"But you know a lot of people go through this," she notes. "And a lot of people face it in silence."

"And I just wanted to bring hope to a lot of people that go through this," Lauren expresses.

She explains that she wants others who have lost a pregnancy to know "That they’re not alone."

Lauren Swanson and Josiah

Josiah chimes in, explaining that he and his young wife are aware that "A lot of women go through this.” 

“A doctor was sharing with us that one out of every five pregnancies ends up in miscarriage," Josiah remarks.

"And so," he says. "It’s a very common thing with it being the first trimester most of them."

Notably, most miscarriages can easily go unnoticed because they happen so early. They're dismissed as a late period and odd cramps.

"A lot of women don’t share it," Josiah remarks. "And they keep it in."

"Our doctor really encouraged us [to speak out]," Josiah reveals. "That helps with the healing."

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson with Christmas Lights

"It really has drawn us closer together,” Josiah expresses.

“… It’s not just a honeymoon for the rest of your life," he tells Fox News. "There’s definitely going to be hard times."

"And hard times are a part of real life," Josiah affirms. "It’s not just all happiness. …"

"Going through that together really has drawn me closer to Lauren," he admits.

"And," Josiah gushes. "I love her even more now than the day I married her."

Special Twosome

It was on Instagram that Lauren first shared the difficult family update.

"Many of yall don't know this, but a couple of months ago we found out we were expecting," Lauren wrote. "However, soon after we miscarried."

"At first, we kind of wanted to just stay quiet about the news," she continued.

"But knew that since everyone is anticipating for us to announce that were having a baby," Lauren said.

She continued: "We felt like it was time that we told everyone that our first and only baby is in heaven."

Lauren then notes how painful, as we here at THG have noted in the past, it can be for parents who miscarry to be asked when they'll be pregnant.

"It is hard to hear when people asks us if we are expecting, when we only recently lost our baby," she admitted.

Josiah and Lauren on Vacation

Lauren wrote: "You can imagine it was devastating to the both of us."

"Our expectations of setting up a baby room, hearing the heart beat, feeling the baby's first kick in mommys tummy," she expressed.

Her words continue: "holding our little one and getting to to see our precious baby were - Shattered."

"Gone," Lauren lamented. "Right before our eyes."

"Even though our sweet child is no longer with us," she wrote. "It is such a comfort to know that one day we will get to see our baby in Heaven!"

Josiah Duggar and Wife

"To the ones who have gone through this, I know your pain," Lauren affirmed at the time.

"It’s real and terrible," she wrote. "I just want you to know you don’t have to suffer in pain alone. It is not your fault."

"We greatly appreciate your prayers as we go through this hard time!" she concluded.

While one doesn't usually think of the Duggar family as the best folks to speak out on what's primarily a women's issue, they spoke very well.

Lauren and Josiah are grieving. So many couples have experienced a similar loss.

Not everyone grieves in the same way, but it's good for them to know that they are not alone.

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