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Joy-Anna Duggar Reveals She Had A Miscarriage At 5 Months

It was only this past May that Joy-Anna Duggar and her husband Austin Forsyth revealed they were expecting their second child. But most recently, the parents had to share a heartbreaking update about the pregnancy.

On July 3rd, the parents-of-one revealed on social media that Joy-Anna had a miscarriage. The couple share a joint Instagram account in which they posted a black-and-white photo of themselves holding each other while on a hospital bed. In the caption, they revealed they learned a week ago that they had lost the pregnancy.

“Today marks one week since we heard these words… ‘So this is your baby’s heart (pointing to the ultrasound screen). I don’t hear a heartbeat or see any movement,” the wrote, adding they received the heartbreaking news at their 20-week ultrasound and gender reveal. The couple went on to say that they learned it was baby girl, whom they would’ve named Annabell Elise.

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“Annabell means ‘God has favored me,’ and Elise means ‘God satisfies,’” the caption explained. “What a precious thing to know that when our daughter opened her eyes, the first thing she saw was the face of Jesus.”

Joy-Anna and Austin originally met as children when they were being home schooled. After four months of dating, the couple were engaged. They were eventually married in May of 2017. The couple are already parents to a son, 1-year old Gideon Martyn.

Despite the devastating news, the parents revealed they are relying on their faith to get through this difficult time. “Although we don’t understand why, God has given us unexplainable peace and comfort during this very difficult time,” their Instagram caption revealed. “Yes, it still hurts and we have cried countless tears, but we know that we can trust the Lord.” They also asked that their followers pray for them.

Late term miscarriages, also known as a second-trimester loss, occur during 14 to 24 weeks of pregnancy. Anything after 24 weeks is considered a stillbirth. According to Miscarriage Association, there are various reasons why a woman may experience a miscarriage in the second trimester, though it is not always possible to pinpoint an exact cause with every miscarriage. The site explains that anything from chromosomal, genetic, or structural problems can result in the body terminating the pregnancy. Other less common reasons include infection or an anatomical reason, such as a cervix or uterus-related issue.

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