For many people, the thought of having one or two children is enough to make them slip on a condom. But for the Duggar family, 19 kids just isn’t enough. Famous for their TLC show, “19 Kids & Counting,” the Duggar family recently consulted some doctors on whether or not the mom, Michelle Duggar, is fertile enough to have another child.
“We would love more children if God saw fit to give us more, I just want to make sure that I am ready to catch a baby if that would happen,” she said in the below clip.
At 47 years old, Duggar is well past her prime — in a medical sense at least. Most clinicians agree that 35 is the age that fertility declines, and the odds of having a baby with Down syndrome or other genetic abnormalities increases. According to Baby Center, a woman in her 30s has a 15 percent chance of getting pregnant in any given cycle. In her 40s those chances drop to five percent. Duggar has already experienced these difficulties, experiencing a miscarriage in 2011, when she was pregnant with her 20th child.
Nevertheless, Duggar is hopeful she’ll be fertile enough. Calling the miscarriage “devastating,” she told Today that the family is indeed open to having more children, and that whether they have more or not is “up to God,” as they don’t use contraception or birth control. As for her chances of having another child, her OB-GYN, Dr. Paul Wendel of Little Rock, Ark. said, “We do see occasionally pregnancies in women who are 47, 48. 49, even 50 but they are very unusual.”