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Duggar family expecting their 20th child

US reality TV stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, who don’t use birth control for religious reasons, are expecting their 20th child in April 2012.

The Duggar family in June of this year
The Duggar family in June of this year
Image: Peter Kramer/AP/Press Association Images

THEY ALREADY HAVE 19 children, but the Duggars are soon to add one more to their large brood.

The American family, who star in TLC reality programme 19 Kids and Counting, may soon need a new name for their show.

Arkansas couple Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar appeared with their burgeoning clan on NBC’s Today show this morning and announced they are expecting their 20th child in April.

Forty-five-year-old Michelle Duggar said she’s in good physical shape and that she’s not worried, despite complications during her last pregnancy.

She says she’s made it through her first trimester safely.

The Baptist couple has said they don’t use birth control. Michelle Duggar said she didn’t necessarily expect to get pregnant again and that she and her husband are excited to welcome the new addition to the family.

She told Today that she is thrilled, while her husband joked “I don’t know how it happened”.

She said they thought their last daughter would be their final child and that the motto in their house is “there is always room for more”.

When she was pregnant with her previous daughter, Josie, Michelle Duggar had gall-bladder problems and pre-eclampsia, and her daughter was born three-and-a-half months prematurely.

The Duggar children range from 23 months to 23 years of age.

- Additional reporting by AP

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