Jessa Duggar Seewald is indulging in a little pre-birth pampering, but some of her Instagram followers are less than impressed with the way she has chosen to prepare for her baby’s arrival.
Jessa Duggar’s due date is supposedly November 1, but it looks like she might be getting ready to give birth a bit sooner. On October 16, Jessa revealed that her in-laws are in town, and it’s possible that they’re visiting because Jessa and Ben Seewald’s baby will be arriving in the very near future. According to Jessa, one of her pals also treated her to a celebratory pedicure before she goes into labor.
“My sweet mother-in-law treated me to a pumpkin spice drink from #MamaCarmens, and Sierra insisted that I get something cheery painted on my toes in prep for labor! Y’all are spoiling me!” Jessa Duggar captioned the photo below.
According to Radar Online, some of Jessa’s Instagram followers questioned her decision to get her toenails painted before giving birth.
“Omg! When you paint your nails! You breathe in FUMES!! Those fumes are not good!” one commenter wrote. Others shared similar sentiments, and some criticized Jessa for drinking a caffeinated beverage while pregnant. However, it’s possible that Jessa’s pumpkin spice latte was made from decaffeinated coffee, and her nail polish probably didn’t cause any harm. According to SheKnows, some experts fear that the dibutyl phthalate (DBP) found in certain nail polish brands is dangerous for pregnant women, but there is “no clear evidence” that it actually causes any harm.
Perhaps Jessa decided to get her toenails painted because she wants her feet to look good on TV. TLC is filming a special about Jessa’s pregnancy, and there’s a very good chance that her baby’s birth will be filmed for the special. As the Inquisitr previously reported, Baby Seewald’s arrival may have something to do with why Jessa’s older sister, Jill Duggar, hasn’t returned to the mission field in Central America. The missionary is now a certified professional midwife (CPM), so she might be sticking around to help out after Jessa Duggar goes into labor. Obviously, TLC will want to film Jill assisting Jessa.
According to the Duggar Family Blog, Jessa has revealed that she’s planning on giving birth at home. However, she’s well aware that complications that might derail her birth plan may arise.
“Our plan is to have a home birth. We have lots of relatives and friends who have had wonderful experiences with giving birth at home, and we are excited and hopeful that our experience will be the same,” Jessa revealed. “But we also realize that sometimes (as in Jill’s case) a transfer to the hospital may be necessary, and our birth plan definitely includes a plan B.”
Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald are currently residing in the home where Jessa’s sister-in-law, Anna Duggar, gave birth to two of her children. Anna found out the hard way that home birth can be harrowing and even a bit humiliating — she gave birth to her son Michael while sitting on the toilet, and the TLC cameras were present to capture his awkward entrance into the world for an episode of 19 Kids and Counting.
However, Jill Duggar’s attempt at giving birth at home in front of the 19 Kids and Counting camera crew was much worse. According to US Weekly, she endured 70 hours of labor after her birth plan went awry. Jill was hoping that baby Israel would swim right out into her birthing pool, but he was in no rush to make his big TV debut. Jill Duggar ingested castor oil in an attempt to induce labor after her water broke, but this didn’t work. Two days later, Jill gave up on giving birth at home and ended up in the hospital. She still wanted to give birth vaginally, but the midwife ultimately had to do a C-section after her doctor discovered that Israel was in the breech position.
According to PEOPLE, Jessa Duggar’s older sister also treated herself to a pre-birth pedicure. Because her labor was so lengthy, she actually got her toenails done the day after her water broke. She also managed to squeeze in a visit to the chiropractor and a two-and-a-half mile walk between the time her water broke and her trip to the hospital. In addition to experiencing a lengthy labor, Jill had to endure a lengthy pregnancy — she gave birth almost two weeks after her due date.
Jessa Duggar cancelled her Saturday appearance at the Southern Women’s Show in Jacksonville, Florida, and this could be another sign that her baby is going to arrive sooner than she previously claimed.
Do you think Jessa Duggar is preparing to give birth before her November 1 due date? And do you think she’s making a mistake by trying to give birth at home?
[Featured Image credit: Ben Seewald/Facebook]