Jill Duggar's Travel Plans During Pregnancy Are Troubling


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What the heck is she thinking? Jill Duggar could be putting her second child at serious risk by exposing him to Zika, by moving back to Central America before his arrival this summer.

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The Counting On star did an interview with People magazine this week and opened up about her extended stay in the states after returning from El Salvador last August. She and her hubby Derick Dillard has been serving as missionaries in the developing nation for nearly a year, along with their now 22-month-old son Israel.

Jill and Derick returned to Arkansas last summer and told fans that it was a temporary trip, but speculation began to grow that they were done for good as the months passed and they didn't go back. When Jill announced her pregnancy, it made sense that they were staying out of the El Salvadorian Zika virus hot zone.

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Zika has been shown to cause devastating birth defects and even death when contracted by pregnant women. Since the Duggars are so into procreation, plenty of fans were concerned that Jill wouldn't take precautions against pregnancy, and would wind up with child in a climate where it's very dangerous to be in the family way.

We just sort of assumed that Jill, Derick, and Israel would stay put until their new little guy's arrival in July, but according to Jill, they have every intention of going back while she still has a bun in the oven.

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Jill told the mag, "We are planning to go back very soon. Then we will come back for the birth of the baby."

At least they're coming back for the birth? Jill's labor with Israel lasted 70 hours and ended in an emergency C-section, so it's unlikely she'll have an all-natural home birth with no medical monitoring or intervention this time around.

El Salvador is truly a beautiful country, and we're sure that Jill and Derick are doing a lot of good for their local community there ... but they really should be putting their family first right now.

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