‘Counting On’: Will Abbie Burnett’s Pregnancy Complication Limit The Number of Children the Couple Has?

John-David Duggar and Abbie Burnett are happily awaiting the arrival of their first bundle of joy. The couple who wed less than a year ago made quick work of starting their family. While the quick pregnancy announcement had most fans thinking, the ultra-conservative Christian couple would attempt to beat Michelle Duggar for most children in the family, that might not happen. The couple’s age and a pregnancy complication could limit the number of little ones they bring into the world.

John-David admits that Abbie’s had a tough pregnancy

John-David and Abbie are closing in on their due date. While the world knows the couple is awaiting the arrival of their first daughter, what everyone didn’t know is how complicated a process it has been to get to this point. Apparently there were more than a few hospital trips for Abbie throughout her pregnancy.

Apparently the soon-to-be mother of one suffered from Hyperemesis Gravidarum early into her pregnancy, according to Us Weekly. John-David admits that it was an incredibly scary time and that Abbie was so sick she needed an IV in the couple’s home to keep her hydration up. Even with an in-home IV, Abbie spent plenty of time in the ER.

What is Hyperemesis Gravidarum?

Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a form of morning sickness that is far more intense and lasts for much longer than traditional morning sickness. It’s generally considered a rare complication, occurring in only about 3% of pregnancies. WebMD notes that women who experience the condition are at risk for electrolyte imbalances, weight loss, and disruption of kidney function in severe cases.

No one is entirely sure what causes some women to experience the intense form of morning sickness, but all doctors agree that there is no known cure. Instead, symptoms can be managed until they abate, usually around week 20 of the pregnancy.

Abbie is not the only famous face to have suffered from the complication. Kate Middleton has struggled with Hyperemesis Gravidarum during each of her three pregnancies. Amber Rose, Kelly Clarkson, and Amy Schumer have all experienced symptoms, as well, according to Us Weekly.

Will the complication limit future children for John-David and Abbie?

It’s hard to say how John-David and Abbie will handle future pregnancies. The couple, unlike many of the Duggar siblings, got married when they were a bit older. Jonh-David is nearing 30, and his bride, Abbie will be 27 when their first child is born. Their ages alone may limit the number of kids they add to their family. The pregnancy complication could throw a wrench in any plans to carry ten plus children, too.

Women who suffer from the condition during their first pregnancy are more likely to experience during subsequent pregnancies. For women who suffered through the symptoms during one pregnancy, the recurrence rate is about 50% with subsequent pregnancies.

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Kate Middleton dealt with the complication during all three of her pregnancies. Amber Rose noted she experienced it during both of her pregnancies, as well. Abbie may experience symptoms the next time around, but there really is no way to know and no way to prevent the problem.