‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Sadie Robertson Huff Reveals She Got COVID-19 While Pregnant

Sadie Robertson Huff, the 23-year-old granddaughter of Duck Commander founder Phil Robertson and a breakout star from A&E’s Duck Dynasty, recently warmed fans’ hearts with her surprise pregnancy announcement. The Dancing With the Stars runner-up revealed that she was expected a baby with husband Christian Huff, whom she married near the end of 2019, on October 4, 2020. The young couple said they were thrilled to be starting this new chapter in their lives with one another.

But on October 26, Huff took to Instagram to share much less exciting news. The popular author and speaker revealed that she had contracted COVID-19 and was still in recovery from her harrowing bout with the illness.

Sadie Robertson Huff
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The Huffs shared their baby news earlier this month

In early October, Huff shared a tribute to her little one, along with ultrasound photos, on Instagram. The parents-to-be said they couldn’t possibly be more thrilled to be welcoming their first child soon.

“Baby, we already adore you…you are already loved and believed in,” she wrote excitedly. “Can’t wait to welcome you into the world with all the joy, hope, and excitement you will bring into the life of so many by your miraculous incredible life.”

In an accompanying YouTube video on October 21, Huff and her husband gave more details about their pregnancy news. They explained that they weren’t actively trying to have a baby, but they also weren’t doing anything to prevent pregnancy. They felt “completely capable” of raising a child at this point in their lives, and they simply had faith that it would happen when the time was right.

Huff, a New York Times bestselling author and host of the popular podcast WHOA That’s Good, also revealed that she was ultimately prompted to take a pregnancy test by a revealing dream. In her dream, which she believed to be prophetic, someone ran up to her and told her she was expecting.

Shortly afterward, the Huffs found out they were going to be first-time parents. Of course, the Robertson family was nearly as thrilled as the young couple.

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Huff said her COVID-19 symptoms were ‘wild’

Just a few short weeks after her initial pregnancy announcement, in which she told her followers she was excited to be bringing a “miracle into the world,” Huff shared heartbreaking news about her health.

The Duck Dynasty star shared a photo of herself in a hospital bed on Instagram and opened up about contracting COVID-19 while pregnant.

“Life update: I’m not going to lie, this has been one of the most challenging things,” Huff wrote in a poignant post. “I got COVID-19 and ended up getting very sick. I know everyone experiences COVID differently, but wow these symptoms are wild.”

Huff is often known for her positivity and inspirational thoughts on social media, but she was frank about her struggle in recent days. Luckily, however, both she and baby were safe and recovering.

“I’ve definitely struggled through this one!” Huff wrote, adding that it had certainly been a learning experience for her. “Thankfully baby Huff is doing great and healthy, and I am now healing as well. I’m no longer in the hospital (this pic was not from today) and I have just about fully recovered. I’ve learned a lot and I have been challenged in a lot of new ways.”

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The ‘Duck Dynasty’ star also shared some thoughts about her faith

Huff’s Christian faith has always been important to her. She has even built her entire brand, Live Original – which includes Bible study groups and resources, books, and inspirational speaking tours – around it.

So it’s no surprise that the young mom-to-be had a few thoughts about how her experience with COVID-19 had affected her faith.

“I will say my dependency on Jesus has never felt greater in some of the hardest moments of this sickness,” the 23-year-old wrote in her Instagram post. “I’m thankful I serve a savior who is with me in these moments that feel rather lonely. My heart and my [family’s] heart goes out to everyone suffering with COVID.”

Naturally, fans and followers flooded Huff’s post with supportive messages. Huff concluded the post by revealing that her 18-year-old sister, Bella Robertson, had also contracted COVID-19 (and was also safely recovering). She promised to open up with more details about her hospitalization and the virus on an upcoming episode of her podcast.