Jessa Duggar boasts about getting an epidural after giving birth despite family's strict beliefs against modern medicine

Jessa Duggar boasts about getting an epidural after giving birth despite family's strict beliefs against modern medicine

JESSA Duggar raved about the benefits of getting an epidural for the birth of her fourth child, daughter Fern.

The Counting On star, 29, said the pain-relieving procedure was "so worth it" – despite her parents Jim Bob and Michelle's strict beliefs against modern medicine.


Jessa gave birth to Fern on Monday at a hospital after having home births with her three other children.

Giving birth in a hospital was already a controversial choice as all the Duggar mothers typically welcome their children at home unless there are medical complications.

The Duggars are an extremely conservative Christian family, whose other values support no sex before marriage, no birth control and home-schooling your children.

Jessa dished more details of her pregnancy in an update on Thursday, revealing she got an epidural in the last hour of her contractions.

'SO THANKFUL'

"Even though I didn't get my epidural till the very last hour before she was delivered, I feel like it was still so worth it, " she said in a YouTube video.

"Not only did it help with my pushing phase, it took the pain out of it. What I was really excited about was not being able to feel the after-birth cramps.

"Because those things are awful and they get worse with each kid

"So I was really excited not to be able to feel that and just be able to enjoy holding my baby."

The TLC star added: "And then all that massaging that the nurses do on your uterus – didn't feel it. It was nice!

"So the epidural definitely worked. Was so thankful."

Jim Bob, 56, and Michelle, 54, were quick to visit Jessa after the birth and take photos with baby Fern, who is their 10th granddaughter.

Jessa and Ben revealed in February that they were expecting, after having a "heartbreaking" miscarriage in 2020.

The reality stars told ET in a statement: ”After the heartbreaking loss of a baby last year, we’re overjoyed to share that another little Seewald is on the way!

"The pregnancy is going smoothly, and both baby and Jessa are doing well. We are so grateful to God for the precious gift of a new life! 

“The kids are delighted, and we can hardly wait to welcome this little one into our arms this summer."

Jessa and Ben tied the knot in 2014, after meeting in church as teenagers.


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