46-Year-Old Michelle Duggar Wants Her 20th Kid -- More Power to Her

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michelle duggarIt's funny how when it comes to other people's lives, everyone else is the expert. For example: Michelle Duggar. Everyone has an opinion on what she should and shouldn't do with their own "expert" reasons of why and why not. Some even cannot handle the fact she has 19 children. But we should remember it's not like there are 19 kids in diapers crawling around her house. Her older kids are adults. Her son Josh and his wife Anna are expecting baby number three.

Michelle, who is now 46, would love to have another baby, which would make her a mom of 20. I don't think she has too many kids nor is she too old to have another.

I think Michelle Duggar is a great role model -- the kind that "reality TV" needs to balance out all the crazy. She's a sweetheart of a woman, a gentle and loving mother, and their family is full of sunshine-y happiness. Why would anyone want to put a dark cloud all over that? Oh, that's right ... because some people can't handle other people's happiness or respect what they want in this world even when it's of no harm to them. And everyone else is an expert on what Michelle Duggar should do.

I think she should do what she wants to do. I guess that's my "expert" opinion since I am weighing in.

She told RadarOnline:

If God saw fit for us to receive another child we would love that and welcome that. Well, I’m 46 years old, and if this is the end for me being able to bear children then that is God’s timing. I will rejoice no matter where I find myself.

What I gather from her quote is that if it's meant to be, it will be. It doesn't reveal that she's actively trying, but she's also not not trying. There will inevitably be those who thinks she's lost her mind, that she has an unhealthy obsession with having babies, but we should remember that she was pregnant with baby number 20 and suffered a miscarriage. There is a deep pain that sometimes never goes away when a woman loses a baby she is carrying. And that loss may make Michelle feel like she wants another, that baby that she was dreaming about when she was anticipating the arrival.

Let's also think about if she said the opposite. If with disgust she said, "Oh gosh there is no way would I want another child!" If those were her words, there would be some people who would think she is fed up and disgusted by parenthood and perhaps even regrets having so many. 

She can't win. She has those who will judge her. But I don't think she's too old. I don't think she has too many children. I think she's lovely and sees life in a way that more people should.

What do you think of Michelle Duggar saying she would welcome a 20th child?

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miche... micheledo

Her body, her choice, right? :) I understand it. I will always welcome another child. I will also welcome being done. And who knows, maybe after 'being done' we will do something I have always wanted to - be a foster parent.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I think it's time for her to stop. I completely get wanting another baby, I lost one at the same gestation as she did a few weeks before she did and I'm sitting here now watching my baby girl sleep. I am however a lot younger than she is. If I'd been over 35 when I lost my little boy I would have stopped trying and taken it as a sign. At 46 with her history she has a high risk of another loss or serious complications, both during pregnancy for her or issues for the baby. If I were her I'd enjoy the kids and grandkids that I had rather than risking my own health or risking having a baby with needs that would take all my attention away from my existing children. 

nonmember avatar MammaMel

That is a family that should keep having kids...and their kids should do the same...their morals and values are amazing...I wish there was more Duggars in this world!

nonmember avatar Thinker

Wow, she's 46? I wouldn't have guessed that. She looks fabulous!

Mommi... MommietoJB

Shes really pushing it, I think her last miscarriage should of been an eye opener. Why cant she focus on the kids she already has and being a grandmother, let her daughter in law have some shine too. I know its part of their beliefs but it seems like her and jim bob are always thinking about the next one.

jalaz77 jalaz77

She is 46, it's not gods plan for her to stop, it's because her body is too old. She can do what she wants but she is too old. For the record she isn't raising those kids alone her other children help and they shouldn't, they are kids too. I will say she has a lovely family so it's hard to bash but she should stop. It's not like she has been trying for years to have a kid and is struggling or had an oops I am pregnant...be greatful for what you have.

nonmember avatar Victoria

I would say more power to her if not for the fact that the last baby was lost, and nubmber 19 was born around 20 weeks beacuse of some major health issues. That would be my only concern for her having another baby. The last 2 pregnancys were very hard on her, and one child was lost, the other was almost lost and still has medical conditions as a result of being born so early. I feel like, as long as you are having healthy pregnancies and you want to keep going, go ahead, but once they start effecting your health, and putting you at risk, maybe that is a sign from God to stop. If something were to happen to her, that poor family would be distroyed! Sure, they would get through it, but with so many kids still being young, that is a lot of grief for any family. And that would be a lot of responisbility to put on the older kids shoulders to make sure the little ones are brought up right, since Dad needs to make money to feed them. I hope for her sake, if she does get #20, that this pregnancy is healthy one.

lulou lulou

The last baby made me leery of their morals.  Didnt they induce for the health of the mother at a very dangerous time for the fetus?

Melan... MelanieJK

Well they certainly know what they're getting into and there's plenty of people informing them of the increased risks with age (miscarriage,  disabilities,  etc.).   

We should be more concerned with people who have kids before/without making sure they're in a position to make sure the kids will have the opportunities they'll need.  

MsRkg MsRkg

I think it's time for her to stop. At 46, she is extremely high risk, and that last miscarriage should have been the sign she needed for her to stop. And like jalaz77 said, she isn't raising those kids. The older girls are responsible for the younger children and that isn't right. They should be able to live the life of a child and teenager. She should be savor the time she has with her current children and grandchildren, rather than gamble with another high-risk pregnancy.

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