August 11, 2010 10:00 AM by Nancy Floyd
Despite the recent medical scare with their 19th child, the Duggar family says they’re ready to add to their brood once again. Jim Bob and Josie Duggar, stars ofÂ 19 Kids And Counting, aren’t currently pregnant but they’re open to welcoming a 20th child into their home. Keep reading for more details on the risks involved with another pregnancy and why the Duggars are so determined to keep having more children…
After their 19th child was born prematurely and suffered from major health issues, many assumed that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar would finally put an end to their babymaking business. The stars ofÂ 19 Kids And Counting recently brought home their 19th baby, Josie Brooklyn Duggar, after she spent six months in neonatal intensive care. Born prematurely at only 25 gestational weeks, Josie suffered from a bowel perforation days after her birth and struggled to gain weight. Despite the health scare, Jim Bob and Michelle are open to having more children.
Now that their giant family is together again, the Duggars say they’re open to expanding it once again with the addition of a 20th child.Â ”Our family is stronger than ever,” Jim Bob Duggar tells People magazine. “We made it through the storm.”
Although they made it through the storm, the recent addition of Josie Brooklyn certainly came with its share of obstacles and difficulties. Michelle Duggar says Josie’s first few days at home, after spending six months in the hospital, were terrifying.Â ”When she first came home, I couldn’t sleep at all,” Michelle Duggar says. “That was the scariest part for me, having the full responsibility of her care on my shoulders … It was intimidating.”
Another pregnancy could prove to be a major health risk for Michelle. If her preeclampsia returns, she could suffer from a stroke or even death. The Duggars have certainly become the target of criticism and controversy for their strong beliefs about family, but they don’t seem to care.Â ”People think we are overpopulating the world,” says Jim Bob Duggar. “We are following our convictions.”
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