After announcing early last month that they were expecting their 20th child, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar learned this week that their pregnancy has ended in a second-trimester miscarriage, PEOPLE.com is reporting. The couple, who live in Arkansas and chronicle their family's life on the TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting, had visited the doctor for a routine scan that would have told them whether they were expecting a boy of a girl. Instead, the doctor was unable to find a heartbeat, and the pregnancy was pronounced a miscarriage.
The Duggars, who are evangelical Christians, plan to learn the baby's gender, name him or her, and have a funeral service.
"I feel like my heart broke telling my children," says Michelle. "They have all been so excited about this baby and looking forward to April coming around and having a new little one in our arms. That was the most difficult. The Lord is the giver of life and he can choose when that life is ready to go on and be with Him."
The stars of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting previously weathered a medical ordeal with their youngest daughter, Josie, who was born in December 2009.
This was their second miscarriage; Michelle lost her baby during her second pregnancy. She was taking oral birth control at the time and cites this as one reason the couple together decided to leave the number of children they have "up to God."
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