Jessa Duggar is quickly approaching her due date, sending thousands of fans running to the internet to find out if the 19 Kids and Counting star has gone into labor yet.
The answer — at least at press time — is no, she is not yet in labor. And the Duggar family history suggests that Jessa could still have quite a while to wait.
Jessa Duggar’s official due date is Sunday, but she hasn’t given any indication yet that she is going into labor.
But while she awaits her due date, Jessa Duggar (now Seewald) is still taking some time to share with fans the progress of her pregnancy. On Thursday she took to Instagram to share a picture of her ever-growing baby bump.
“Feeling as big as a barn, and soooo ready to meet my baby! #BabySeewald,” Jessa wrote.
Jessa Duggar has been building up the anticipation to her due date, sharing a handful of baby bump pictures as well as an ultrasound picture of their baby along with baby pictures of both her herself and husband Ben. Earlier she had shared some pictures from a maternity shoot with Ben.
Social media appears to be the best way that Jessa Duggar can keep up with her fans. Earlier this year TLC made the decision to cancel 19 Kids and Counting amid the growing scandal surrounding Josh Duggar, and there was, for a time, some speculation that the network could create a spin-off focusing solely on Jessa and Jill and their growing families. But that never came to pass as TLC decided to distance itself from the Duggar family, and though the possibility still exists that one day Jill and Jessa could have their own show, it doesn’t appear to be coming anytime soon.
That has left many fans turning to the internet for updates on Jessa’s pregnancy. She keeps her social media pages and personal website fairly well updated, though it’s not clear how soon she plans to update fans when she actually goes into labor.
If her older sister Jill Duggar is any indication, then Jessa may have some waiting before the new Duggar baby comes into the world. Jill, who gave birth to her son in April, said in an interview with People in the weeks before the birth that she was “planning on the baby coming late, no big deal — if you have it in your head that way, you won’t get discouraged.”
“When everyone else is asking you, ‘When are you going to have that baby?’ The baby will come when the baby comes,” she said.
Jill said she was mentally prepared for the idea of going late, which indeed she did. Jill ended up overshooting her due date by close to two weeks.
“I have told myself, ‘First-time moms often go a week and a half over, so didn’t get discouraged,'” she said.
In fact, Jill was so sure of going late that she and husband Derick traveled to Texas right around her original due date. Though many people criticized the decision to travel so close to the arrival of her baby, Jill seemed unfazed.
“We had a great time with family on vacation, but it doesn’t look like we’re going to have a Texas baby. #familyvacation #babydilly #19kids.”
If Jessa were to follow her sister’s example, that could mean several more days before she goes into labor, even up to two weeks.
But Jessa Duggar seems antsy to bring on her due date, and in a recent Instagram post, she noted that she ate an entire pineapple in the hopes that it would bring about her labor.
No success, Jessa noted.
[Image via Instagram/Jessa Duggar]