Josiah Duggar and his wife Lauren are speaking out about their decision to share private details about their recent miscarriage with fans of their TLC reality show, Counting On. In a new interview with Fox News, Josiah, 22, and Lauren Swanson Duggar, 19, revealed that they wanted to share their personal heartbreak with the public because “a lot of women go through this.”
While Lauren admitted that she initially questioned if she wanted to share the couple’s miscarriage story, she ultimately decided to do so instead of facing the tragedy in silence.
“I just wanted to bring hope to a lot of people that go through this — that they’re not alone,” Lauren told Fox.
Josiah Duggar added that first trimester miscarriages are common and that their doctor encouraged them to speak out in order to “help with the healing.” Josiah also revealed that the experience drew him and his wife closer together less than a year after their wedding.
“It’s not just a honeymoon for the rest of your life. … There’s definitely going to be hard times. And hard times are a part of real life. It’s not just all happiness. … Going through that together really has drawn me closer to Lauren. And I love her even more now than the day I married her.”
Lauren Duggar added that the couple turned to their Christian faith to move forward and that they have found comfort knowing that their baby “is in the arms of Jesus.”
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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
In a video posted by TLC, Counting On star Lauren Swanson Duggar revealed that early on while pregnant with the couple’s first child, she wasn’t feeling well and began cramping as she was getting ready to go to a wedding with her husband. Lauren initially thought she had mistakenly eaten something with gluten in it before realizing she was suffering from an early miscarriage last October, according to In Touch Weekly.
“A couple months ago, we found out that we were expecting, but suddenly thereafter, we lost our baby,” Lauren said of the miscarriage, which occurred just four months after her wedding to Josiah Duggar.
“I couldn’t believe it, and I was hoping it wasn’t true. It was the worst day of my life, really.”
Josiah and Lauren’s miscarriage reveal will air on March 4 on Counting On in an episode titled “Love and Loss.”
Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson got engaged in March 2018 and married last June at the John Brown University Cathedral of the Ozarks. Footage from the couple’s wedding aired last season on the TLC reality show.
Counting On airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on TLC.