‘Counting On:’ Lauren Duggar Finally Shared a Long-Awaited Baby Bump Photo

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson announced several months back that they are expecting their first child together after Swanson dealt with a heartbreaking miscarriage late last year. However, the two have kept fairly quiet about Swanson’s pregnancy; they haven’t posted much to social media. Finally, though, Swanson shared a photo of her current baby bump — and got candid about how difficult the pregnancy has been.

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson
Josiah and Lauren Duggar | Josiah Duggar via Instagram

Duggar and Swanson went through a tough miscarriage last year

Duggar and Swanson tied the knot in October 2018, and they instantly started trying to have children. Most Duggars don’t wait long to start families, since they don’t believe in birth control or any means to prevent pregnancy, so fans were surprised when some time had passed and the couple still hadn’t announced a pregnancy. However, earlier this year, Duggar and Swanson informed fans that they had gotten pregnant last year but had lost the baby. Swanson recalled the terrifying moment when she went to use the bathroom and realized she had miscarried. It prompted their fans to share stories about their own miscarriages and formed somewhat of a support system.  

The couple announced in May that they’re pregnant once more

Thankfully, though the couple went through heartbreak last year, things turned around this past spring when they announced another pregnancy. They referred to their little one as a “rainbow baby”, as a symbol of something beautiful after a storm, and they weren’t shy about how grateful they were to God for putting another baby in their lives. Though the two didn’t provide too many details at first, fans were incredibly supportive and already couldn’t wait to learn more. Duggar and Swanson have since revealed they are having a girl.

Swanson revealed this pregnancy hasn’t been easy

Once the couple made an announcement, Swanson didn’t immediately begin posting baby bump photos to Instagram. While some people choose to document their pregnancies through social media, she has remained fairly quiet about hers. Jessa Duggar, who welcomed her first daughter this past spring, documented her baby bump nearly every week. However, Swanson has kept things under wraps. Earlier this week, she posted a photo of her bump for the first time since June 25, when the couple revealed they’re having a girl. Part of the caption read, “This pregnancy hasn’t been easy. I treasure every moment and I am reminded daily that life is truly a miracle from God.” Though Swanson didn’t go into detail about the difficulties, it is probably both physical as well as emotional, knowing she didn’t get to meet her last baby.

Several other Duggars are also expecting babies

Swanson isn’t the only Duggar getting ready to have a baby. Anna, Kendra, and Abbie Duggar are all expecting babies over the next year. Anna and Kendra Duggar are due in the fall, while Abbie is due early next year. Joy Duggar was pregnant as well, but sadly, she lost the baby at 20 weeks. It seems to be the year of the girl for the Duggars — all of them are getting ready to welcome little girls into the family (though Abbie’s baby’s gender has not yet been revealed).