It’s been a tough ride for Abbie Duggar. In Us Weekly‘s exclusive sneak peek of the Tuesday, December 10, episode of Counting On, the reality star, 27, and husband John David Duggar open up about how difficult their road to their first baby has been.
“I am currently eight weeks along and I’m feeling awful,” Abbie says. “I pretty much just been lying in bed, go to the bathroom and maybe to the couch. … Morning sickness has hit me pretty hard.”
Later in the clip, she reveals that in addition to relaxing at home, John David, 29, has had to take her to the emergency room. “I’ve been admitted to the hospital a couple of times on top of that. It’s been a pretty rough go of it,” she said.
Meanwhile, the father-to-be feels helpless. “It’s definitely hard watching Abbie in pain, just wishing I could take it away, do something to help her,” he says.
Luckily, Abbie is trying to stay positive. “At this point, I have to remind myself why I’m so sick,” she says. “It honestly hasn’t been very enjoyable. I just keep saying, ‘There’s a baby coming! There’s a baby coming! This has a good ending.”
In October, the couple revealed exclusively to Us that Abbie had been diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum and was dehydrated. “She couldn’t eat, pretty much, or drink, or anything. So she was actually on IVs and had IVs at home,” John David said at the time. “So that was a pretty scary time.”
Strangest Duggar family rules
Strangest Duggar family rules
The Duggars are only permitted to join social media after they're engaged to be married. Yup, you read that right -- no ring, no Instagram. Jinger launched her Instagram account just after announcing her engagement to Jeremy Vuolo.
The strict social media rule means that oldest daughter Jana (far right) is unable to have any social media accounts, as she's still single at 27.
The only permitted show of physical affection before marriage are side hugs. That means that the kids' very first kisses are on their wedding days. Jessa and her new husband decided to keep theirs a little private: "We didn’t do ours on stage," she said. "We had ours in private after the ceremony. We ran out and then went to a room by ourselves. That was really special for us."
Although sex is forbidden before marriage, the Duggar parents expect that once vows are exchanged, the lovemaking commences -- often. "You need to always be available when he calls," Michelle has said.
Nearly all dates must be chaperoned by parents Jim Bob and Michelle. If neither parent is available, an older sibling will tag along to keep an eye on things.
Duggar daughters are required to exclusively wear dresses and skirts -- so fans were stunned to see newly-married Jinger wearing shorts and pants! According to reports, her husband gave her permission to do so.
All texts are group texts. Yup! There are no private convos going on here. One example: When Ben Seewald jokingly texted fiance Jessa "Give me a ring," dad Jim Bob was looped in to quickly respond, "No ring yet."
This one's a given. There is no smoking or drinking to be had at any times with the Duggars.
This may not be an explicit rule, but according to the Duggar daughters, mom Michelle always has the house stocked with pregnancy tests for her married daughters.
The family does not approve of Halloween, reportedly saying that magic and witches are representative of a "demonic realm God wants us to stay away from."
No bikinis for this family -- or really, any average swimsuits at all. "It's just too hard for the guys to try and keep their eyes averted." Michelle has said. Although they've previously said beach trips are forbidden, the family did hit the coast in 2016.
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In the sneak peek, Abbie also shares her pregnancy news with John-David’s twin sister, Jana Duggar — and she couldn’t be more excited.
“I got you a birthday present,” Abbie tells Jana, 29, who quickly asks, “Are you expecting?”
They embrace in a big hug before Abbie adds, “I got you a baby for your birthday! It’s due right on y’all’s birthday, that week.”