‘Counting On’: Jinger Duggar Receives Encouraging Words From Joy Duggar As She Enters Third Trimester With Rainbow Baby

For six months, Jinger and Joy Duggar were going through their pregnancies together. On Aug. 21, Joy and her husband, Austin Forsyth, welcomed their first baby since losing a child at 20 weeks last year. Now, Joy is providing words of encouragement to Jinger as Jinger awaits her rainbow baby after going through a miscarriage last November.

Jinger and Joy Duggar, center, with Jessa and Jana
Jinger and Joy Duggar, center, with Jessa and Jana | Ida Mae Astute/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Jinger Duggar opened up about having a miscarriage last year

Earlier this year, Jinger and her husband, Jeremy Vuolo, announced that they’re expecting a little girl in November. Fans were thrilled, since Jinger and Jeremy hadn’t had any pregnancy news in nearly two years.

Last fall, fans started to suspect that Jinger was pregnant when a Thanksgiving photo appeared to show a baby bump. But with no announcement, fans presumed she and Jeremy were waiting a bit longer. Then, after the couple’s May news, Jinger shared with her followers that she and Jeremy actually had been pregnant last fall but lost the baby to a miscarriage. “The overwhelming feelings of joy and anticipation… Are a sharp reminder of the overwhelming feelings of sadness and loss I felt last November,” Jinger said.

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I’m excited! Yet, the overwhelming feelings of joy and anticipation that I’m feeling today are a sharp reminder of the overwhelming feelings of sadness and loss I felt last November. On a Monday evening, Jer and I were rejoicing with our families as we announced that I was pregnant. Yet, in God’s perfect timing, it was the next morning that I awoke knowing something wasn’t right. Within moments I knew that I’d lost the baby. Tears filled my eyes, sadness cloaked my soul. Having just lost my grandmother months before, the news of new life was like spring lilies blossoming after a dark, cold winter. And in a moment, that life was gone. I know many of you can relate. The minutes feel like hours, the hours like days, don’t they? I was helpless—nothing I could do would restore the lost life. Yet, I was never hopeless. In those moments, I did the only thing I could. I rehearsed the timeless truths upon which I’ve anchored my soul—the truth that God is sovereign and he is good. The truth that Job recited, thousands of years ago, in his agony: “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” The pain doesn’t leave quickly. It’s not meant to. But in the midst of pain, the hope we hold is in God who works “all things together for good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose” (Rom 8:28). Dear friends, the reality is, at times we are helpless. But never, and I mean never, do we have to be hopeless.

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Joy Duggar recently left words of encouragement on Jinger’s post

Jinger’s story was all too familiar to her younger sister, Joy, who had been through something similar only a few months prior. In July 2019, Joy, who was 20 weeks pregnant at the time, went to the doctor for a regular checkup; she and Austin were excited to learn the gender of their baby. Sadly, Joy’s doctor could not hear a heartbeat and revealed that the baby was stillborn. Joy was induced, and she and Austin took photos with their little girl, Annabell Elise, before laying her to rest.

Joy has since given birth once more to a little girl named Evelyn Mae, and now, she’s encouraging Jinger as well. Jinger recently updated fans that she has entered her third trimester, and Joy expressed major excitement. “You’re beautiful, Jinger!” Joy wrote in the comments. “So thankful this pregnancy is going well and cannot wait for you to hold your baby girl in your arms!”

Fans loved to see the sweet bond between the sisters. “I absolutely love the way you are all so close and encourage one another,” a fan wrote.  

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Several women in the Duggar family have gone through miscarriages  

Miscarriages are relatively common, with as many as 50% of pregnancies resulting in miscarriages — often before a woman even knows she’s pregnant. But several of the Duggar women have gone through them after learning they were expecting. Michelle Duggar has had multiple miscarriages, including losing her 20th child, Jubilee, during her second trimester. Lauren Duggar, who is married to Josiah, went through a miscarriage in 2018, shortly after she and Josiah were married.