As parents to the infamously large brood featured on TLC, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have welcomed 19 kids (and even some grandbabies) into their family over the last 27 years. And while many of us thought Michelle's 2011 miscarriage and 2009 premature birth to baby Josie would lead them to maybe pump the brakes on the babymaking ... we thought wrong.
On the next episode of "19 Kids and Counting," Michelle and Jim Bob take a trip to see their fertility doctor, "just to see" what her chances would be of having another child.
"I just want to make sure that I am ready to catch a baby if that would happen," said Michelle.
In the episode, the mom of 19 sits with her husband as her OBGYN, Dr. Paul Wendel, runs through the chances of a woman at Michelle's age of 47 having a baby. The verdict? Unsurprisingly, they're pretty slim. "We do occasionally see pregnancies in women who are 48, 49, even 50, but they're very rare," says Dr. Wendel, "Around mid-40s ... it's less than about 5 percent."
He also warned her of the high risks of having a baby born with Down Syndrome when conceiving closer to 50. While the rate of having a child with the chromosomal disorder might be around 1 in 2,000 for a mom at age 20, by age 47, Wendel shared that the rate is as high as 1 in 4.