Michelle Duggar, the 45-year-old star of the TLC reality show "19 Kids and Counting," has suffered a miscarriage, a month after she and husband Jim Bob revealed they were expecting their 20th child.
"Earlier today at a routine doctor's appointment, Michelle and I received the sad news that we lost the baby," Jim Bob Duggar, 46, said in a statement posted on the cable network's website on Thursday, December 8. "Michelle is resting comfortably at home with the support of the entire family. We are grateful for all the thoughts and prayers, but ask for privacy during this difficult time."
"I feel like my heart broke telling my children," Michelle Duggar told the magazine. "They have all been so excited about this baby and looking forward to April coming around and having a new little one in our arms. That was the most difficult. The Lord is the giver of life and he can choose when that life is ready to go on and be with Him."
People also quoted her as saying that her family will choose a name for the child after they find out its gender and then make funeral arrangements. The reality star, who had suffered complications with her last pregnancy, was in her second trimester and was due to give birth in April.
The conservative Christian Arkansas-based pair and their 19 children, whose names start with a J, appeared on NBC's "Today" show on November 8 to reveal the news of that Michelle Duggar was expecting a 20th child.
On the program, she addressed concerns about her age, saying that she was trying to maintain a healthy diet and fitness regime. The risk of miscarriage is highest among women older than 40 and especially among those who have suffered one in the past.
The couple's youngest child, Josie, was born premature - at 25 weeks old - in December 2009 after Michelle Duggar suffered preeclampsia and gall bladder problems. She dubbed the girl her "miracle baby."
Michelle Duggar miscarried during her second pregnancy about 20 years ago, despite being on birth control pills. After the tragedy, the Duggars decided to "let God decide how many children we would have," according to a message on their website.