Our prayers are with Jessa Duggar!
Fans of the TLC star know the 30-year-old from various docuseries about her large family, starting with “14 kids and pregnant again.” As the fifth child in a clan of nineteen children, the Tontitown native stood out with his cheerful personality and gained a large following.
But the “19 Kids and Counting” alum and her family are going through a tough time. The reality TV star, who shares four children with husband Benjamin Seewald, recently announced the tragic loss of the couple’s fifth child.
Jessa Duggar announces the passing of her unborn child
Duggar revealed she lost her fifth child to a miscarriage in an emotional YouTube post clip titled “Heartbreak Over The Holidays. In the nearly 19-minute video, the grieving mother documented the unfortunate loss of her pregnancy, including the painful aftermath that followed.
The film began with the touching moment the TV personality and her beau informed their children – Spurgeon, Henry, Ivy and Fern – of their sibling’s conception back in November. The clip transitioned through the unsuspecting moments leading up to troubling news, including an 11-week update.
Jessa Duggar explained that, unlike her previous pregnancies, she was getting sick more often and had been “spitting up” blood. After relaying the news to her family, they comforted the 30-year-old by singing devotional songs and praying for good news.
However, the mother of four booked an ultrasound with her doctor to make sure everything was okay. Unfortunately, the doctor admitted that her baby did not look good. The TLC alum recalls the heartbreaking moment,
“Nothing could have prepared me for the weight of those words in that moment. In that moment I was just in complete shock. I didn’t have words. I just started crying right away.”
After the doctor left the couple to process the loss, the grieving parents sat there in shock, holding hands as they cried. “I feel like in some ways miscarriages can be so hard because you don’t have clear signs that something is going wrong,” Duggar continued, noting that the only sign she had was “minimal spotting for 24 hours.”
Because of her history of bleeding, the “Growing up Duggar” co-writer explained that doctors were concerned about putting her on a drug that would allow her to “pass the baby at home.” Rather than risk potential complications, she underwent a dilation and curettage procedure to remove the fetus.
Tearfully recounting the moments after the procedure, the Tontitown native admitted she fell into a pit of self-doubt and pondered how she could have saved her child. In the words of the Duggars:
“Those 10 to 15 minutes before I was taken back to the room where Ben and my mom were waiting were probably some of the hardest of my life. Just laying there and feeling so alone.”
The emotional toll was indescribable. However, the brunette noted that having her four children provide for her made the process less difficult. In addition, the family found comfort in their strong convictions. “When you lose someone so dear to you, it makes heaven so much sweeter,” the grieving mother said.
– We talked about it with the children. We can’t wait to meet this little one in heaven one day,” she added. Still, the 30-year-old admitted she planned to take a break from social media to focus on her recovery.
The reality TV star slammed fans for spinning false stories about her family
Last year, OSSTET reported that the fifth member of the Duggar clan fired back at trolls for creating false stories about her siblings and their connections. The drama began after many assumed Jessa didn’t attend her sister Jill’s baby shower.
In a post shared by the siblings’ cousin, Amy Duggar, the mother of four appeared absent at the event. However, the Tontitown native commented that she enjoyed the party, prompting one critic to note that Amy’s post said otherwise.
This person’s message must not have been the first Jessa had received regarding the situation as she criticized people for poking their noses into her family’s business. “These rumors make me angry, and I’m here to put an end to it. The narrative of these types of comments is false.”
The 30-year-old noted that just because her other siblings didn’t show up to Jill’s baby shower, it didn’t mean there was a family split. Instead, the biggest problem was the difference in schedules for 19 grown children, who had their own families.