Michelle Duggar Has a Miscarriage

The 45-year-old star of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting and her husband Jim Bob had been expecting their 20th child in April

Sad news for the Duggar family. Michelle Duggar, who was pregnant with her 20th child, has miscarried during her second trimester. The star of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting and her husband Jim Bob learned that the baby had no heartbeat during a routine check-up Thursday to find out the baby's sex.

"We had just been talking about baby names last night and they were getting excited about naming a boy or a girl," Michelle, 45, tells People. " It has been a real sad disappointment."

The grieving parents -- whose 19th child, Josie, was born premature in December 2009 after Michelle was diagnosed with preeclampsia -- plan to hold a funeral service after they find out if the baby was a boy or girl.

"I feel like my heart broke telling my children," says Michelle, who shared the sad news with her family as soon as she got home. "They have all been so excited about this baby and looking forward to April coming around and having a new little one in our arms. That was the most difficult. The Lord is the giver of life and He can choose when that life is ready to go on and be with Him."

Michelle last had a miscarriage over two decades ago, during her second pregnancy. At the time, she blamed birth control pills, and has not used them since, deciding to leave future pregnancies "up to God."

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