Joy-Anna Duggar: I Nearly Lost This Baby, Too

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By now, you've likely heard the heartwarming news:

Counting On star Joy-Anna Duggar is pregnant.

Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth on YouTube

The TLC personality and her husband, Austin Forsyth, confirmed a baby girl was on the way via an Instagram message from Joy-Anna yesterday that read as follows:

Yes... it’s true! @austin4site and I are PREGNANT again.

It’s been quite the crazy journey these last few months.

We are so thankful that mom and baby are healthy!

Gonna Be a Girl!

The couple's precious little girl is due in August.

However, as part of a YouTube video also released by the couple, Duggar and Forsyth say they came very close to losing this baby just a few weeks into the pregnancy.

"Soon after we found out we were pregnant, I started spotting quite a bit,” the 22-year old explains in the following footage.

“So I called the doctor, went in and got blood work done. He basically said some of my numbers were looking a little bit off," she adds.

"My HCG levels were really high, and he said there were just some concerns."

"He said that there is a chance this may be a molar pregnancy."

Joy-Anna and Austin Ultrasound

Molar pregnancy is an abnormal form of pregnancy in which a non-viable fertilized egg implants in the uterus and will fail to come to term.

A molar pregnancy is a gestational trophoblastic disease which grows into a mass in the uterus that has swollen chorionic villi.

Or, as Joy-Anna says in this same video:

Basically, you’re pregnant but it’s not a viable pregnancy. It’s not gonna last past 10 or 12 weeks.

Joy-Anna and Austin On the Gram

This would be heart-shattering news for any expecting parents to learn.

But Joy-Anna had already suffered a miscarriage last year and, therefore, was especially concerned this time around.

Duggar says she felt fearful despite “wanting to be so excited” about her pregnancy, but was understandably on edge.

Joy-Anna Duggar with Gideon

Then the video featured Joy-Anna and Austin receiving a phone call from the doctor while they were in the car.

They said so far everything looks great and the baby looks healthy,” the pregnant star gushed, adding:

“We’re having a girl, and I cannot believe it. I just started crying. I don’t even know what to say."

"Super, excited nervous and tankful all at the same time, but God is good."

Joy-Anna Duggar Pregnant Piic

Added Austin after this call:

"Such a relief. … Like, a huge load lifted off our shoulders.”

Joy and Austin welcomed son Gideon in 2017.

Forsyth had plenty more to say about the prospect of having a daughter this summer.

Joy and Austin on Instagram

“If she’s just like you, she’ll be perfect,” the 26-year-old said. “I married the most perfect lady in the whole world."

"So if she’s like you, she’ll be great.”

That's high praise, folks.

In response to their pregnancy bombshell, meanwhile, Joy-Anna and Austin have been hearing from some famous friends.

Joy-Anna and Her Anchor

Little People, Big World’s Tori Roloff, for example, commented: “Congratulations!!! Praying for your sweet family."

And Bringing Up Bates’ Carlin Bates - a longtime family friend whose family is frequently linked to hers, chimed in:

“Best news ever! CONGRATULATIONS!"

"Can’t wait to meet this little one.”

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