Number 20 on the way.

@sulsisels (1685)
United States
November 8, 2011 3:02pm CST
I was just looking at the yahoo front page and could not believe the headline..Michelle Duggar is 3 months pregnant with baby #20. I really thought that baby 19, Josie, was going to be the last as the child was born over 3 months early and basically did the 3rd trimester outside the womb and in a intensive care unit. She was only 1lb and so small that she didn't really look like a baby at all. She struggled and hung on to life. Nobody including a team of Dr.s thought she would make it, but she did. Michelle almost died as well as her blood pressure put her in a preeclampsia scare which could have killed her too. Personally, I think that having another baby is irresponsible and selfish. So many of the kids are still toddlers and what if she dies? The older girls would end up raising them and is that fair to them? i'm sorry but I just don't see what they are trying to prove.At 45 years old, I sure would not want to have a baby..unbelievable!
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• United States
8 Nov 11
I didn't know that she was expecting again, and I wonder if this is an unplanned pregnancy or not. But you are absolutely right, it is too risky. It would be wise of her to get her tubes tied, unless she is very intent on setting a world record. But the world record for the most children from one couple is 69, so I think it's about time she retired her uterus.
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• United States
8 Nov 11
Casadrina echoes my questions too..The only way I can think of this can be done is if the couple had multiple births, and not just twins or triples either..
@sulsisels (1685)
• United States
9 Nov 11
@ lilbaby...Thats exactly right. She needs to "close up shop" As far as tying her tubes, she will never do that because God would not approve and the reason she has 20 kids is because God wants her to have that many...I think she needs her head examined!!! Thanks for the post!
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
8 Nov 11
I had to look because I couldn't recall who Michelle was, but when I saw the article, I remembered..Wow, that is something and I have to give them some credit for making it work, because if it didn't, they wouldn't continue. I think as long as the children are well taken care of and loved, however many a couple wants, it's their business. Of course like you said, with the last one being so small and all, you'd think she would have put an end to it and I hope this next one is healthy. Of course some may think that if she continues, the older she gets, the more risk to her and the baby. But then again, are there any studies on women who have had so many children already and the risk of continuing? I mean most of those studies are primarily done on women who had waited until they had children, this isn't the case. Personally, like you, I also think it is too much, but it isn't our choice, but I stopped at 4, that was quite enough for me...
@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
9 Nov 11
i carm she runs a huge risk of a baby with birth defects from now on. my second born when I was 33 was born brain damaged and i had to have emergency hysterectomy as my uterus tore badly., so I could have only two children. we lost our little sweetie at age 8, we wanted another child but it was not meant to be . we actually had all we could handle with two children anyway.I did not want to bring children into this world that we chould not afford to feed and care for.Our beau tiful little Lisa rose was sickly all her short life so we could not have afforded more children.,
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• United States
9 Nov 11
That is the reason I put a stop in having babies and my husband made me feel bad for it too.. We could barely afford the ones we had when I had my fourth one, so when he was just under a year old and I set up everything for the surgery, which I was already scared going under the knife, but instead of supporting me, he made me feel guilty.. I am not saying that is this case, obviously both parents are thrilled and I won't judge them for it, just like I won't judge a couple for having none, it's their choice. I am sorry about your lost, each person is different and I had my youngest at 40, so I wasn't that young and he was probably the healthiest out of all of them.
• United States
10 Nov 11
That's true, then again even having one child is a risk and I guess they feel she is healthy enough to continue to have children. I guess we'll see in a few months.
@Rosa26 (2620)
• United States
9 Nov 11
Wow! she is very strong to be having as much kids,She have to millionaire to feed all of those kids and thinking on having more,she have to have a good health ensurance too to pay all the surgeriesc section,and have to have a lot of money to pay for the school. Well God bless them!
@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
9 Nov 11
hi sulsisels at 45 she is playing a dangerous game as thats the age when you start birthing babies with birth defects. I think she need to have her tubes tied and quit reproducing babies., take care of the huge family she already has. quit being an idiot and taking a chance of dying in child birth.
@sulsisels (1685)
• United States
9 Nov 11
Touche Hatley...You have taken the words right of my mouth. Thanks for the post. Its been a long time since I've talked with you..hope everything is good with you.
@lumenmom (1996)
• United States
11 Nov 11
I think if it was anyone else I would have misgivings but the Duggar family has done a phenominal job of raising a very well run family. Even their little children know how to do things like cook, change tires, do laundry etc. They are very well rounded in their ability to work, do arts, homeschool and they travel all over and experience so much. Any child born into that family automatically has a super strong support system. They are a strong Christian family with an unshakable faith in God (which was seem when Josie was born pre-mature) and I believe they can handle anything that should come their way with the birth of this next baby. Even if something were to happen to Michelle, that family would still go on strong. They have truly built a village and I applaund them in every way.
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
9 Nov 11
For me yes it is happened anyway to think of it take a look if the woman have a remonstration period yes it would be.
@lisa0502 (1726)
• Canada
9 Nov 11
Ok I thought that you were kidding. So I did look it up for myself. I just can not believe that this woman would have that many kids. And like you said it is totally irresponsible for her to do this especially how her last birth went. How fair would it be if her other kids had to raise the little ones? And how does she manage to do one on one bonding with that many kids around. It is almost impossible. I have raised 8 kids, i gave birth to 3 and have 5 step kids. Their ages range from 21 to 11 now. And I found it difficult to do. Man I sure hope for the kids sakes that she does ok.
@katrinapaz (2438)
• Philippines
9 Nov 11
i just hope that she can still provide the equal love and attention each child needs not to mention her needs as a mother and for her husband. that sure is a big responsibility and i hope there will be no problems when number 20 comes.
@GardenGerty (102534)
• United States
9 Nov 11
My mom had my younger sister at 43, and she was a blessing, but my mom lost as many pregnancies as she carried to term. Every one of us was precious to her. I cannot see how this is any different really than Octomom. Too many, too much publicity, too little adult attention to go around.
@lynnemg (4539)
• United States
9 Nov 11
Personally, I could not imagine having another baby at my age!!! However, I can understand why they are having another baby. They believe that it should be left up to God to decide how many children they are blessed with and when they are blessed with those children. So, in their eyes and beliefs, this is what God intends for them, regardless of the dangers that they may face, or how the rest of the world views them.
@ardoy0731 (6865)
• Philippines
9 Nov 11
I also read this news awhile ago,it is quite amazing and unbelievable having that count of children.I think it hard to raise too many children but I think they do it well.Happiness and joy shows in their family.God bless them.
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
8 Nov 11
Hi sulsisels! OMG! I didn't hear this news! I think that this goes beyond ridiculous, selfish and I don't know what else! Her children are already being forced to raise the other children because they have no other choice and I think this is totally unfair. She is a Grandmother times two already! What is wrong with these people? I don't even think rabbits multiply like the Duggars do! I don't think that "God" exactly had this type of "family structure" in mind and I definitely think this couple needs to get a "new hobby"!
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
8 Nov 11
I think she is nuts and I think her and her husband need to start using birth control. Each time she has a baby she puts her life and the baby's life at risk. You're right she is being selfish. The whole thing is just crazy. I wonder what they would do if the husband didn't have a job or couldn't work and she couldn't work. How in the world would they pay for all of those kids? It just makes no sense to me.