Counting On’s Abbie Duggar Reflects on Nearly 2-Day Labor: My Body ‘Wasn’t Making Progress’

A long labor. Abbie Duggar (née Burnett) became “really exhausted” during her daughter Grace’s January birth.

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“At 10 p.m., I got rechecked at the hospital, and they said that I was still only dilated to a five,” the Counting On star, 28, said in Us Weekly’s exclusive clip of the show’s Tuesday, September 1, episode. “I’ve been in labor for over a day and a half, and I’m still only dilated to five centimeters.”

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When she and John David Duggar spoke with their doctor, he recommended that the then-pregnant star receive petocin and an epidural.

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“My body obviously wasn’t making progress, and I was really exhausted by this point,” Abbie said in a confessional. “Between 11 p.m. and midnight, I was able to move rooms and get the petocin and get the epidural. After they gave me the epidural, I was able to go to sleep and actually rest for a couple of hours.”

While she slept, the pair’s parents guessed the weight of their future grandchild in the waiting room — and Abbie was “able to progress.”

She explained, “I wasn’t feeling any contractions, and the nurse came in around 2:15 to recheck me. She said, ‘Congratulations you’re at a 10.’ I was so excited. And I was refreshed because I had actually slept for a couple of hours.”

After pushing for 30 to 45 minutes, Abbie gave birth to their baby girl. Us broke the news at the time, sharing the first photos of the family of three.

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“Our lives have changed forever with the arrival of our baby girl,” the reality stars exclusively told Us in January. “She is a beautiful gift from God. We are so blessed the Lord has given her to us. It’s still surreal to know that we are really parents but it’s a great new adventure that we are excited to take on together.”

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The TLC personalities’ baby news came five months after Us confirmed their first pregnancy. John David and Abbie tied the knot in November 2018 in Oklahoma.

Counting On airs on TLC Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET.

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