WASHINGTON, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 – For many mom’s the day you pass your first twelve weeks of pregnancy are days of elation – the chance of a miscarriage drops by 80% once that mile marker is met.
Jill Duggar and Derek Dillard, of 19 Kids and Counting, found themselves happily pregnant following their Outer Banks honeymoon.
“We are so grateful to God for this new little blessing!” the couple announced said announcing the pregnancy, just 60 days after their wedding. “We appreciate all the well-wishes and are enjoying this new season of life as we look forward to parenthood!”
The newlyweds’ decision to announce the news early was carefully thought out, with Jill telling Page Six, “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.”
Dillard, 25, shared a split screen of his wife, 23, at five weeks, five days and at 11 weeks, two days last Friday.
“By the end of next week, all of our baby’s body parts, from tooth buds to toenails, will be developing! #firsttrimesterprogression #babydilly #19kidsandcounting,” Dillard captioned the photo.
On Wednesday, Dillard posted an updated picture of Duggar at 12 weeks, one day. “Had our 12 week midwife appt yesterday! #babydilly #jillmdillard #derickdillard #blessedparents,” he captioned a second snapshot of Duggar’s growing belly.
According to their social media postings, the pregnancy is progressing normally. One concession to the pregnancy is Jill’s aversion to odors, regularly requesting that Derick attend to his dental hygiene. Jill says she requests of her husband, “‘Derick, can you please go brush your teeth like three times with mint toothpaste?! And then suck on a mint for a while before I kiss you?'”
Next on the countdown are the first ultrasound pics and, if in keeping with Duggar tradition, they choose a “first” initial for their children’s names – because if they follow in Mom and Dad’s footsteps, they will soon be adding to baby no. 1.