In the last few weeks, rumors have been swirling that the “19 Kids and Counting” clan may be getting even bigger with the addition of another child from Jill Duggar Dillard and her husband Derick. Jill and Derick moved to Central America last year to do missionary work in the region, but it is now being said that the two may have returned to the United States to avoid being exposed to the dreaded Zika virus.
In February, an Instagram photo where Derick was seen painting his wife’s toenails sparked speculation that Jill was pregnant again. The former reality TV personality, who appeared with the rest of her family in the TLC series “19 Kids and Counting” for seven years until it was cancelled in 2015, captioned the photo: “My hubby painted my nails yesterday! He is the sweetest!”
This prompted many of the couple’s fans to surmise that Jill could be expecting and thus was unable to bend over to paint her own toenails. Should this pregnancy rumor prove accurate, it would be the second child for Jill and Derick, who welcomed son Israel David in April 2015.
Duggar fans may also recall that when she was about to announce the happy news about being pregnant for the first time, Jill shared a somewhat similar Instagram photo.
As Design & Trend noted, consecutive births are not unusual in the Duggar clan, as Jill’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, have 19 children and are famously against the use of birth control. The Duggars’ eldest child, Josh, though only 28, has already fathered four children with his wife Anna. In an interview with PEOPLE, Josh and Anna said that they are willing to have “as many children as God will give them.”
But though Jill and Derick may want to expand their family, being pregnant while doing missionary work in Central America could be risky. Earlier this year, El Salvador, where Jill and Derick are presumed to be conducting their work, advised its citizens not to get pregnant in the next two years because of the rampant mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has spread across Latin America and the Caribbean. The virus has been linked to microcephaly and brain damage in infants.
According to the Inquisitr, Jill and Derick may have already gone home to Arkansas to escape the virus and to participate in filming for the Duggars’ return on television.