The “19 Kids and Counting” sibling Jill Duggar Dillard recently opened up about why she and husband Derick revealed that they were expecting much sooner than most celebs do.
“I was thinking that maybe we should take a pregnancy test,” the new mom-to-be told Us Weekly. She took two pregnancy tests several weeks after their wedding that were both negative, but decided to take just one more at here sister Jinger’s urging.
“She was like, ‘You know, mama has a bunch of pregnancy tests upstairs. You should take one of hers.'” Jill laughed at the idea but decided to take one in her parents’ bathroom to prove her sister wrong.
“We were really surprised when we got that positive test,” Dillard says, “but of course we were really excited. I think we would have even been less surprised had it come back positive on one of the first tests.”
Too excited to throw the box and cup in the garbage, Jill and Derick left the Duggar household on cloud nine. “My mom texted me later inquiring about it,” says Jill. “She was like, ‘So I have a question! I found an empty pregnancy test in the trash can and your cup on the counter, so anything you want to share?'” But Jill kept the secret a little longer because she wanted to tell her parents face-to-face. “I was like, ‘We’ll wait and see.'”
Fans were quite surprised when the Dillards revealed their pregnancy so early on-only 60 days after their wedding!-but Jill stands firmly behind her decision to make the news public.
“Believing that life begins at conception and that every life is precious no matter how young, we would — even if there were to be a miscarriage — we would still want that child to be recognized,” she told Us Weekly. “So it was something that we thought about and went forward with.”
I am usually the worst at keeping secrets, especially about pregnancy. As soon as I take the test, I’m telling people. Mostly because I get so incredibly sick starting at week six or seven that I don’t want people to think I have the flu or some other weird contagious virus. It’s easier to say, “I’m pregnant” than try and hide it.
But I know plenty of others who choose to wait to tell family and friends until they have heard the heartbeat and confirmed that everything is progressing normally, usually between 10-13 weeks.
What do you think of Jill’s decision to go public with her pregnancy announcement? Are you one to share the news soon like Jill, or do you like to keep it private for several months?