Jill Duggar Doesn't Have to Have As Many Kids As Mom

jill duggar derick dillardAfter announcing their engagement this week, the second oldest daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Jill, and her fiance Derick Dillard faced various pressing questions from the media. But chief among them? How many kids they want to have, of course!

So, is there a chance the young couple is already aiming for the double digits like Jill's parents?

Twenty-two-year-old Jill responded to ABC News' question about the couple's ideal number of kiddos:

Both of us want as many kids as God will give us, and we've talked about adoption. My parents have kept popping them out so we'll see how [our] fertility is!

At first it sounds rather measured, especially by her parents' standards, which seem to be "the more, the merrier." But it also sounds like the couple is not considering other parts of the picture here ...

Of course, you can open your arms to whatever fate or the Universe or your higher power of choice, or just to the power of whatever your fertility (ha!) has in store for you, but couples need to also consider their own personal limitations, as well.

The Duggars have gotten tongues clucking for years now about the safety (or lack thereof) of so many pregnancies, and for good reason: As the number of births per women increase, so does the rate of maternal or neonatal death.

That said, I'd venture to guess Jill and Derick currently share the same beliefs about "family planning" as her parents. But who knows ... maybe down the road they'll find that they're NOT open to unlimited pregnancies as they thought. And that it's actually fewer children that would be in their future family's and their own best interests.

How do you feel about parents putting their family planning in fate's (or a higher power's) hands?


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handy... handy0318

I cannot understand how this would be anybody's business but theirs.

nonmember avatar bg

Please do some fact checking: Jill is the second oldest Duggar daughter, not the oldest. Her sister Jana is 24.

nonmember avatar Heather

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_with_the_most_children There are plenty of other people who have had just as many and MORE children than Michelle. Since I don't see anyone doing any snide comments on any of these other women current or past, I am leaning towards this should be their business. Their choice has always been that it is in fact NOT a choice for them HOW MANY children they have. They don't use BC for personal reasons which have already been talked about before. No, she doesn't HAVE to have as many as her mother, but if she does then she does. HER LIFE. More power to a budding family that will not end in divorce or live off the system.

Mrscj... Mrscjones

@Heather Exactly what I was thinking.

bills... billsfan1104

And this coming from a pro-abort. You scream all the time Maressa "my body my choice", but when it comes to te Duggars, all of a Sudan you are a medical expert on her health and what she should do and not do.

If a woman having an abortion is none of our business, then neither should how many children the Duggars have.

Phyllis Blankenship

It is nobody's business how many children they have, but theirs!

Snapp... SnappleQueen

These people are as irrelevant as that recent moronic Bachelor fellow. Who cares what these people do? 

Lucki... Luckicharmz

Frankly if they can afford it without leaching from government assistance it's no ones business how many kids they have

nonmember avatar Elle

the author's distasteful, obvious bias was not necessary in this article.

Chelsea Foreman

this site is correctly named, The Stir, all you seem too want to do is stir sh*t up! Really its no one else concern on how, when, or how many! Next you will be 'informing' the world they they are trying to have a baby ' in the wrong position'. good grief ppl , allow them time and privacy to start their family!

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