As exciting as it may be to be pregnant for the first time, it definitely isn’t always easy. Everything feels new and uncertain, and there’s a lot you just can’t possibly know until you’ve experienced it yourself. But pregnancy is likely at least a little bit easier when your mom has happened to have had 19 children — and when a number of your siblings also happen to be pregnant at the same time as you. They may have already learned a ton about parenthood growing up in such a large family, but the Duggar women say this is the best pregnancy advice they received, and honestly, it’s pretty useful wisdom for anyone with a baby on the way.
The Duggars, of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting fame, were, of course, already a super-sized brood to begin with. But now that the older Duggar siblings are getting married and having children of their own, the family is getting even bigger: Duggar parents Jim Bob and Michelle already have 11 grandchildren, and by the end of this year they’ll have added at least two more. In the latest issue of Us Weekly, Joy-Anna, Jinger, and their sister-in-law Kendra, opened up about what it’s like to be pregnant for the first time, and how their family has helped prepare them for what’s to come.
Joy-Anna, who gave birth to her first son, Gideon, in February, Jinger, who is currently 22 weeks along with her first child, and Kendra, who is thought to be around the 27-week mark (at least, if the due date on her Amazon baby registry is accurate), spoke to the magazine about their pregnancy journeys, and some of the advice they’ve found most helpful. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, a lot of it had to do with sleep.
Joy-Anna told Us Weekly that it was helpful to be told to “rest before the baby gets here, because once the baby is here you’re not going to get rest for a while” (so true). Jinger agreed, saying that she’s all about embracing taking naps while pregnant, and in a video pregnancy announcement filmed for TLC back in January, Jinger’s husband…