When Jill Duggar announced that she was pregnant less than two months after her wedding to Derick Dillard, some people questioned the timing of it all and a few even raised eyebrows. But the “19 Kids and Counting“ star is now explaining that while some people may think it was too soon to share her brand new baby news, she doesn’t think it’s ever too soon, despite the fact that her own mother, Michelle Duggar, suffered a miscarriage while carrying her 20th child.
On Tuesday, the New York Post’s Page Six posted an interview with Duggar, who defended the move, saying, "Understanding that the majority of miscarriages happen within the first trimester, and believing that every life is precious no matter how young, we decided to share our joyful news as soon as we could."
The 23-year-old mom-to-be also reiterated that there was no physical relationship between herself and her future husband until their actual wedding day. “We purposed to save ourselves physically for each other within marriage - even our first kiss for our wedding day- so we had a short engagement period,” she said.
And short is was. The couple got engaged in April, got married in June, and are expecting their first baby in March. Duggar only shared “side hugs” with her future hubby during their courtship, and explained that having a short engagement makes it easier for couples to “remain pure.”
Last month, Jim Bob Duggar told People that his daughter and her husband shared the news of her pregnancy with the family just one month after their wedding date. "Everyone was clapping and cheering,” he said. “And we were in shock, too."
In an interview with ABC News shortly after her engagement was announced, Duggar said she and her husband planned to follow in her parents’ footsteps when it comes to baby making. “Both of us want as many kids as God will give us and we've talked about adoption," she said. "My parents have kept popping them out so we'll see how [our] fertility is!"
Apparently, it's just fine.
“19 Kids and Counting” airs on Mondays on TLC.