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.
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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.” . We had gone in for our 20-week ultrasound and gender reveal. It was a baby girl. Although we don’t understand why, God has given us unexplainable peace and comfort during this very difficult time. Yes, it still hurts and we have cried countless tears, but we know that we can trust the Lord. In the words of King David after the loss of his baby, “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me” (2 Sam 12:23). We don’t grieve as those who have no hope because we trust that we will see this little one again. We named her Annabell Elise. Annabell means “God has favored me”, and Elise means “God satisfies”. What a precious thing to know that when our daughter opened her eyes, the first thing she saw was the face of Jesus. Please pray for continued healing, not only physically but for our hearts as well. . “All the way my Savior leads me; What have I to ask beside? Can I doubt His tender mercy, Who through life has been my Guide? Heav’nly peace, divinest comfort, Here by faith in Him to dwell! For I know, whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well, For I know, whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well.” -Fanny Crosby
“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.
“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.
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Some of you have guessed, some of you had no clue... November, 2019 Baby Forsyth #2 is Due!!👶🏼❤️ Cannot wait to meet this new little one! Gideon is going to be such a great big brother!! #baby2due #babyforsyth #pregnant • • THANK YOU to my sister, @meagalina for taking these adorable pictures for us!!
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.