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Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar trying to get pregnant with 20th child

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at 10:45 a.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at 3:34 p.m.


Reality TV mom Michelle Duggar tells Us Weekly that she and husband Jim Bob Duggar are trying to get pregnant again. That would make 20 children for the stars of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting.”

Michelle, 47, had a miscarriage in December 2011. And though she is not pregnant now, she told the magazine she hopes to be again.

"I would be so grateful if the Lord blessed us with another one,” says the grandmother of three. “We're trying at this point and we shall see if that is a possibility. If not, we are so thankful and grateful for the ones that God has given us so far. We are also definitely enjoying our grandbabies! They are so precious!"

The Duggars, who live in Tontitown, Ark., have been married for 29 years. They said in an interview with the “Today” show in April that they had considered adopting their 20th child.

"We have set up our home to be designed for taking care of children. We love children, and we really believe every child is a special gift from God,” said Jim Bob, 48.

Michelle’s last pregnancy was difficult. In December 2009 she delivered her 19th baby, Josie Brooklyn, via emergency cesarean section three months before the baby’s due date. Josie weighed 1 pound, 6 ounces and spent several weeks in the hospital.

Today, “she is probably my strongest toddler I've ever had – both in physical strength and determination. She's a little spitfire,” Michelle writes of Josie on her blog.

After the baby arrived, TLC changed the name of the show to “19 Kids and Counting.”

Michelle told Us Weekly that she doesn’t believe in overpopulation.

"We have studied it and I believe that there is a misconception about overpopulation. I think that the whole mindset of overpopulation is really overrated," she said.

“I think that there is this ideology that goes behind overpopulation that I don't really agree with.”

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