Jill Duggar reveals she miscarried days after finding out she was pregnant for the third time
Jill Duggar revealed she suffered a devastating miscarriage earlier this month, just days after learning she was pregnant with her third child.
The 30-year-old and her husband Derick Dillard, 32, shared their heartbreaking news in a video posted to their website, YouTube and social media accounts on Monday, detailing how their “happiness” during their third pregnancy s quickly “turned into grief” when they learned that they had lost their unborn child.
In the clip, the couple – who married in 2014 – shared footage of the moment they learned they were expecting, as well as a heartwarming video of them telling their young sons Samuel, four, and Israel, six years old, that they were going to be the brothers of a little brother.
“We recently found out that we are expecting our third baby,” Jill and Derick wrote on their website, while sharing footage of the happy family celebrating the news with a pizza party at their Arkansas home.
“Happiness turns into sorrow”: Jill Duggar and husband Derick Dillard revealed they miscarried earlier this month, days after learning they were pregnant
Tribute: The couple paid tribute to their lost baby, whom they named River Bliss, in a video montage posted online Monday, in which they are seen celebrating the news of their pregnancy
Process: In the video, Jill, 30, can be seen shopping for pregnancy tests at a local pharmacy with Derick, 32
Heartbreak: Video cuts to image of Jill mourning the loss of her baby – believed to have been the younger brother of the couple’s two sons, Samuel, four, and Israel, six
“We were all delighted! It was fun to see so much joy on the boys’ faces as we shared the news with them. They were full of questions and so excited that we were talking about the pregnancy and how they would be involved along the way and after the baby was born.
“However, a few days later, we started to have a miscarriage.”
Jill and Derick revealed they weren’t far enough along in their pregnancy to learn the sex of their unborn child – suggesting the mother-of-two miscarried in the first trimester – but they chose to give their baby a name that they feel “encompasses [their] importance ‘: River Bliss Dillard.
The name has special meaning for the Arkansas-based couple – who explained that they have several different inspirations behind them.
“One of the meanings of River is ‘quiet’… and here in Arkansas, rivers are often a beautiful and serene escape into nature,” they explained.
“We also love how the river the Bible speaks of (Revelation 22: 1-5) represents the life-giving presence of God. The river of life (Holy Spirit) “flows from the throne of God” and with the tree of life is “for the healing of the nations”.
“Our baby does not live here with us on earth, but is forever with the source of the river of life, in the presence of the Lord! ”
Family: In the clip, the couple also captured the moment they broke their happy news to their sons
Overjoyed: On their website, Jill and Derick said their boys were “full of questions and so excited” about the pregnancy
Time to party: The family celebrated the news with pizza night at their Arkansas home
They added that the middle name Bliss is meant to represent the fact that their baby now lives in “perfect happiness with the Lord”, while also paying homage to the “immense joy and happiness” their unborn child has brought to them. brought.
“We chose Bliss as our middle name because our baby lives in perfect bliss with the Lord and it was such a gift that brought us immense joy and happiness, even though we have only been here on earth to a short time, “the post concluded.
Jill and Derick’s video tribute to their unborn child was quickly inundated with words of sympathy from their fans and supporters, with one person writing: “Jill and Derick, I’m so sorry for your loss. how much you wanted this baby.
“Know that so many of us are thinking of you and uplifting you with positive thoughts and prayers. “
Prior to their post on the miscarriage, Jill and Derick had not revealed that they were trying to have a third child – although they did reveal in a February interview that they “weren’t opposed” to the enlargement of their family.
Talk to American weekly, the couple also shared that they discussed the idea of adopting another child at some point in the future, explaining that they were “open wherever God takes us.”
Jill is not the first member of the Duggar family to speak publicly about the struggle against miscarriage; her sisters Jessa, Joy-Anna and Jinger have all shared their own experiences of miscarriage in the past.
In February, Jill’s younger sister Jessa, 28, revealed that she had quietly miscarried in 2020, while announcing that she was expecting her fourth child with husband Ben Seewald, 26.
Education: Jill could also be seen teaching her kids about baby development
Significant: although the couple weren’t far enough along in the pregnancy to learn the sex of their child, they chose the name River Bliss to “express the importance of their baby”
The heartbreaking loss of Jill and Derick comes amid a difficult time for the Duggar family.
The family’s older brother Josh is currently preparing to stand trial in November on two counts of receiving and possessing child pornography. The 39-year-old man, whose wife Anna is currently pregnant with their seventh child, was arrested on April 29 and released on bail.
He pleaded not guilty to both counts.
Josh, who has spent the past five months with family friends in rural Arkansas, was first seen since being released from prison on September 28, when he attended an evidence hearing in Fayetteville, where his lawyers filed a motion to dismiss the Duggar case entirely, saying investigators had “failed to preserve potentially exonerating evidence.”
They also filed a motion to remove statements Duggar allegedly made to officers during their investigation, as well as a motion to remove photos taken of Duggar’s hands and feet.
All the requests were dismissed by the judge.
Jill and Derick, whose relations with the wider Duggar family have been strained for years, have yet to comment directly on the charges against Josh, they released a statement in July on TLC’s decision to permanently quash the show. family’s reality show, Counting On, following his arrest.
The couple, who have not appeared on the show for four years, shared a joint statement on their website a week after the network announced the end of the spinoff series featuring their parents and siblings. .
Brood: Jill and Derick – who married in 2014 – have two sons together, Samuel, four, and Israel, six
Struggle: In recent years, Jill has rebelled against the strict upbringing of her parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and estranged from her ultra-religious family
Jill and Derick never shared whether they were okay with the show’s cancellation, though they vaguely explained the reasons they strayed from it.
“Our statement on the cancellation of ‘Counting On’ is a bit late as we just heard the news with the rest of the world last Tuesday + this season of life is pretty busy for us,” they explained.
“We first heard about the cancellation when a friend and cousin each texted us after seeing TLC’s statement online. We do not know how long the cancellation was scheduled.
The Dillards left the show in 2017 after Derick was criticized for his transphobic tweets about TLC transgender star Jazz Jennings.
“It’s been over 4 years now since we chose to walk away from the show and, although we were initially banned from sharing our decision to quit the show, we’ve opened up a bit more recently on our social media. “, they continued.
Jill and Derick noted that they had “a lot of great experiences with the network,” adding that “several of the crew even became like family to us!
“However, we also faced a lot of pressures and unexpected challenges that forced us to step away from the show in an effort to gain more control over our own lives and do what was best for our family,” said they shared.
Since leaving the show, Jill has rebelled against the strict upbringing of her parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and has moved away from her ultra-religious family.