Telling Ann Curry that she's three and a half months pregnant, 45 year-old Michelle said "We're due in April and we're just thrilled!" Ever the joker, Jim Bob quipped "We don't know how it happened!" Michelle added, "We are so excited. I was not thinking that God would give us another one, and we are just so grateful." The couple had hinted last night on their blog that they'd be making a "special announcement" this morning, but many assumed it would be about another grandchild.
When Curry asked the question that most of us are thinking -- WHY?! -- Michelle said they live by the motto "There's always room for one more." Plus, as Jim Bob says, one kid just moved out to start his own family so there was space available in Casa Duggar.
Watch the happy couple's announcement after the jump.
Viewers of the Duggars' reality show '19 Kid and Counting' on TLC will remember that Michelle's last pregnancy was fraught with dangerous medical issues and baby Josie had to be delivered over three months early. However, Michelle told 'Today' that she's been given the greenlight by doctors, has gotten over her morning sickness and is feeling just great.
The couple told Today Moms that their older children -- who range in age from 23 months to 23 years -- were astonished when they heard the news. They lined the kids up on the staircase for a photo and Jim Bob said, "Smile -- Mom's going to have another baby!"
Michelle laughed that "Their mouths dropped. They all looked at me to see if he was joking."
Although this is a huge number of pregnancies for one woman to undergo healthily, Michelle says she's in better shape than she has been for years. She's taking care of what she eats and she's been working out on an elliptical trainer for an hour a day.
She's also under the care of a high-risk pregnancy doctor who will be monitoring her for a re-occurence of the pre-eclampsia that she suffered from during both her second pregnancy and her last one. The condition -- which causes blood pressure to raise to dangerously high levels -- is the most common pregnancy complication and can strike randomly, although women who have had it before are at higher risk.
One big change for Michelle is that because she had an emergency c-section with Josie, this pregnancy will end with a planned c-section.
The couple wouldn't be drawn on whether this baby will be the last. We're betting that they'll just keep going for as long as they're physically capable.
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