Josiah Duggar, 22, and wife Lauren Duggar, 19, tied the knot in June 2018. Now, the couple has confirmed they lost a child just months into their marriage.
In a new preview for TLC’s “Counting On,” the couple said Lauren had a miscarriage after becoming pregnant about four months after the wedding, Entertainment Tonight reports.
The miscarriage occurred when they were preparing to go on a trip to a friend’s wedding, said Josiah. He knew something was wrong when Lauren started to feel ill:
“She was feeling really sick and started noticing some different things. [Lauren’s mom] Mrs. Swanson was there, so she was able to kind of help her out. I didn’t know exactly what was going on.”
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Honey, Where do I start? From the beginning you have always been my best friend.? I never knew I could love someone as much as I love you.? You are the one who makes me laugh until my stomach hurts, the one who calls me beautiful even when I wake up with crazy bed hair, the one who loves me even when I don’t deserve it, the one who cares for my needs before your own. You push me to do greater and better things, and have always been that encouragement to point me towards Christ! ?? God is so kind to have blessed me with such an amazing husband! I love you sweetheart-Happy Birthday!?? Forever and always yours❤️?-Lauren . . . Btw thank you @andyhendersonphotography you did an amazing job!
Lauren said in the clip:
“I wasn’t feeling well. I was cramping really, really bad, which was quite strange because I normally don’t. And I was thinking maybe I had something that had gluten in it. So, that’s what I was thinking.”
The 19-year-old miscarried a short time later, she said through tears:
“Well, it was late in the night and I went to go to the restroom and right there was the baby. Gone. I couldn’t believe it and I was hoping it wasn’t true. It was the worst day of my life, really.”
Josiah said their dreams of seeing their “little one” were dashed before their eyes. He said it was difficult to experience so soon after getting married.
The two said they decided to share their story to let others going through the same thing know that they’re not the only ones. Lauren said:
“We really wanted to share our story because we know a lot of people go through miscarriage, but nobody really talks about it. So we just wanted to let ya’ll know that you’re not alone.”
The couple said they appreciate the prayers and support they’ve received. The new season of “Counting On” premieres Monday, February 11.
Watch the “Counting On” preview here.