Jill Duggar is opening up on the very different life she has chosen away from her family's ultra-conservative views. The former Counting On star spilled some details to People on why she and her husband, Derick Dillard, have strayed away from their previously strict life to one that is considered best for them. One of the important decisions she made includes the use of nonhormonal birth control.
One of the main phrases the Duggar brood are known for is "children are a blessing from God." While Jill said she still believes that, she doesn't think it means a couple's focus should be to "have as many kids as possible."
The mom of two seems happy and comfortable with her decision to not get pregnant every year or two like some of her siblings. At one point last year, there were five Duggar women expecting babies at the same time. Jill mentioned in the interview that having lots of babies was normal thinking in her family from the time she was young.
"Growing up, it was ingrained in me that if you don't have as many kids as you're able to, that there's something wrong with that," she said.
These days, however, Jill doesn't believe that birthing as many babies as possible is best for her. Both of her pregnancies ended up with C-sections and her kids were more than 9 pounds each, which had been difficult for her. She said her doctor advised her after Israel's birth to wait at least 18 months before getting pregnant again. That may have been a factor in what Jill called the "healthiest and best" choices for her family.
The 29-year-old realizes her views about using birth control, among other decisions she has made, do not align with her parents and some of her siblings. However, she said she is OK with them disagreeing with her.
Unfortunately, this has led to a major rift between Jill and Derick and the Duggar clan. It was previously revealed the couple have distanced themselves from them for now. She expanded on this topic as she talked to People, indicating she and her husband were being controlled by TLC and chose to step away from filming, which caused a lot of discord among the Duggars.
Jill is seemingly happy spending time with Derick and her two boys, Israel, 5, and Samuel, 3. The exclusive photo that was snapped for the publication revealed the former reality star wearing a pair of blue jeans with huge rips in the knees. She also has a nose ring. She was laughing at her husband and their boys as they were riding on his back.