December 20, 2016
Jill Duggar Announces She Is Pregnant, 'Counting On' Star Expecting Second Child With Derick Dillard

Jill Duggar has been patiently waiting to welcome another child into the family with husband Derick Dillard. They talked about their struggle briefly during a Counting On special, commenting about how surprised they were that Jessa and Ben Seewald were pregnant again before they were. The sisters shared their pregnancy journey with one another, both welcoming sons in 2015.

After months of speculation, Jill Duggar finally has something to announce. According to People, Jill Duggar is expecting her second child with her husband, Derick Dillard. Fans have been talking about this for quite some time, mentioning that Duggar looked like she could be with child in Thanksgiving photos that were shared. The pregnancy rumors have plagued this couple for over a year now, beginning right after they had their first child. Israel is 20-months-old now but will be 2 by the time the new baby is born.

While the official due date for Jill Duggar has not been announced, she did reveal that she is due in July. Generally, women wait until they have passed the first trimester, which would put the new baby due around the first or second week of the month.

Duggar will get to spend another pregnancy alongside sister Jessa, as the two are pregnant together once again. They shared their journey with one another back in 2015 when Jill gave birth in April and Jessa gave birth in November. Both sisters had little boys, and this time, the gender of Jessa's baby has not yet been revealed. This is an incredibly special time for the Duggar family as they will welcome at least two new babies in 2017.

This announcement comes at a time when Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard have been under scrutiny for the use of their mission fund donations. The couple was reportedly scheduled to go back to El Salvador after Jinger's wedding but decided to remain in Arkansas through Christmas. Now that Duggar's pregnancy has been announced, they will likely remain here until the baby is born. El Salvador isn't equipped with the medical care they have access to here, and with the Zika virus being rampant down there, Jill shouldn't take any chances.

Fans are excited for Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard. The couple has expressed interest in having plenty of children as long as God allows them to be parents. This will be the couple's second child. Dillard has been anxious about getting his wife pregnant again, and they talked a little bit about it back when Counting On had a special. Jessa had already announced her second pregnancy, and they were teasing Jinger about getting pregnant before the end of the year. If that is indeed what happens, three Duggar sisters will be sharing in the joy of expanding their family in 2017. Babies are a blessing for the Duggar family, and they are on their way to building a huge extended family with plenty of cousins to play with during family gatherings.

Counting On will return sometime in January with a new season and presumably more information on Jill Duggar's new pregnancy. There is so much to celebrate during the holidays for this family, and announcing they are expecting is one thing that couldn't be bought. Guessing games on gender and exact due dates will be flooding social media soon, including rumors of possible twins. As fans wait for more information from the excited couple, they are wishing them nothing but health and happiness. Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard are happy to be welcoming another child into the world and to be giving their son, Israel, a little brother or sister.

[Featured Image by Duggar Family/Twitter]