Jessa Duggar is keeping Counting On fans updated on the progress of her pregnancy. The reality star just shared a new photo of her growing baby bump on social media, a week after Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson talked about the tragic miscarriage they suffered last fall.
“#25weeks Pregnancy— such a precious gift, and definitely not something I take for granted,” Jessa shared alongside the pic.
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#25weeks Pregnancy— such a precious gift, and definitely not something I take for granted. As we look forward to meeting our baby, we’re also feeling an exceptional amount of grief over my brother Josiah and sister-in-law Lauren’s loss of their baby. Lauren and I shared the exact same due date. We have cried so many tears, both together and apart. My heart aches for them. I weep when I think of how difficult it must be for her to see me pregnant in the very stages where she would’ve been— right up through the baby’s due date. And yet, even in a flood of emotions, there are perplexities of the human heart that may cause us to want to clam up or remain silent through such a trial. Because of this, many people feel like they’re walking this road alone. It is true that speaking for the sake of filling silence is not needful and is often hurtful. I’ve watched Lauren converse with people who have been unknowingly insensitive, and I am amazed by her graciousness. I’ve heard some try to give reasons or explanations, not realizing that their unsolicited opinions might be very painful, like salt to a wound. One might never know the tears you cry at night as a result of their words flowing back through your head. Often times, “I love you and I’m praying for you” along with a hug are quite sufficient. We do not need to fill every silence with words. But at the same time, conversations of lost dreams should never feel suppressed. Silence can stifle healing, but a carefully chosen word may work to help bring life and healing to the soul. We must all reinforce the fact that emotions over a life lost are not something to be resisted. They’re not wrong, and you should never think that for a moment. If you’ve lost a child, know this— YOU ARE A MAMA, and you will never cease to think about and cherish the life you carried… **swipe left to read more**
According to People, Jessa also revealed that Swanson’s due date was the same as hers, which has been difficult to process. Although Jessa and her husband are excited about their baby, they also experienced a lot of grief over Swanson’s miscarriage. Jessa is also very much aware that her own pregnancy has made it hard for Swanson, who is constantly being reminded of her loss.
While the situation has been difficult to say the least, Jessa praised Swanson for handling everything with grace and kindness. She also revealed that Swanson has shown a lot of patience throughout her ordeal, especially when dealing with people who have been a little insensitive.
At the end of the day, Jessa explained how sometimes the best way to offer support is by avoiding saying too much.
Swanson suffered her devastating miscarriage back in October. The Counting On star, who wed Josiah last summer, recently opened up about her loss and confessed it was one of the hardest things she has ever dealt with. She also hoped that talking about her miscarriage would encourage others who have gone through similar situations.
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Many of yall don't know this, but a couple of months ago we found out we were expecting, however, soon after we miscarried. At first, we kind of wanted to just stay quiet about the news, but knew that since everyone is anticipating for us to announce that were having a baby, we felt like it was time that we told everyone that our first and only baby is in heaven. It is hard to hear when people asks us if we are expecting, when we only recently lost our baby. You can imagine it was devastating to the both of us. Our expectations of setting up a baby room, hearing the heart beat, feeling the baby's first kick in mommys tummy, holding our little one and getting to to see our precious baby were – Shattered. Gone. Right before our eyes. Even though our sweet child is no longer with us, it is such a comfort to know that one day we will get to see our baby in Heaven! To the ones who have gone through this, I know your pain. It’s real and terrible. I just want you to know you don’t have to suffer in pain alone. It is not your fault. We greatly appreciate your prayers as we go through this hard time! Love, -Josiah and Lauren #countingon #TLC #miscarriage #ourbabyisafeinthearmsofjesus
Jessa, meanwhile, is getting ready to have her third baby with Ben Seewald. The Counting On star is expected to give birth this spring. It is unclear when Swanson and Josiah will try to have another child, but they are doing a great job moving forward.
Fans can watch Jessa Duggar and the rest of the Duggars in action when new episodes of Counting On air Friday nights on TLC.