Michelle Duggar, from the TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting, is 45 and has been pregnant 21 times. If you do that math, it would be 15 years and 9 months of pregnancy. If you know much about the Duggars, though, you know things didn’t turn out that way.
The Duggars have had two miscarriages and one premature baby, which amounts to a little bit over 14 years of pregnancy- still almost a third of her life. Why so many kids? Basically it’s because of the couple’s decision to embrace the Christian “Quiverfull” idea of promoting procreation and seeing children as gifts from God.
Their decision to follow the movement was spurred by both their faith and their negative experience with birth control, which may have led to their first miscarriage.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are the heads of a very conservative Christian family. The two met when Jim Bob was visiting Michelle after she had recently become a Christian, and they have been married for 28 years. The family practice a very fundamentalist way of life, including viewing only wholesome family entertainment, keeping modest appearances, homeschooling, and practicing courting instead of dating.
Though it might seem like 19 kids and such a devotion-requiring lifestyle would make for a pretty exhausted parent, Michelle Duggar was actually named Mother of the Year in 2004. Regardless of what your feelings are on the fundamentalist Christian lifestyle, I think we can all agree that Michelle Duggar’s current life is a step above what Nadya Suleman “the Octomom” is doing these days