Michelle Duggar’s Miscarriage and the Key to a Healthy Pregnancy

Credit: Scott Enlow/TLC

Admittedly, I don’t know much about the Duggar family. If you’re like me, you know they have a show on TLC called “19 Kids and Counting.” I also know, after seeing them on The Today Show a couple of times, that all their kids’ names start with the letter “J.” However, if you actually know all of their names and can recite them in the proper birth order, you’re in a league all of your own.

While I don’t typically pay attention to what happens with the Duggar family, I was saddened last week to hear that Michelle Duggar’s 20th pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. Miscarriage isn’t easy for anyone, and my prayers go out to the Dugger family. I’ve had several women close to me suffer through miscarriages, and it never gets easy to hear that news.

While miscarriage is absolutely, positively heart-wreching, did you know that the body does it for a reason? It’s the body’s way of protecting both the baby and the mother. I’ll explain, but first, take a look at this picture:

Let’s assume and envision that the body in the picture above is carrying a baby. Imagine that this is a female and she is about 6 months along. She has started showing, and the weight of the baby is beginning wreaking havoc on her deep stabilizing system. As if she wasn’t having a hard enough time maintaining posture integrity prior to getting pregnant, now she has to work that much harder.

The hip position on the left is a neutral pelvis–that’s the way the body should look. However, most of us walking around do NOT look like that. Due to our occupations, hobbies and surroundings, our body changes and adapts to keep us upright and moving as best it can. The image in the middle is a posterior pelvis. The pelvis has tucked under and the belly button is pointing up towards the chin. The image on the right is an anterior pelvis. The pelvis had rolled forward and the belly button is now pointing toward the ground.

Hopefully you’re still envisioning a pregnant belly when looking at those images! Knowing what we know about the 40-week gestation period, the body has impeccable timing as to when the baby needs to drop to allow for the birthing process. Let’s keep that in mind when looking at the middle image. If the pelvis is posterior…where can the baby go when it’s time to drop? The answer is…NOWHERE! Junior is “stuck,” and mom is frustrated. She is 11 days past her due date, it’s probably August, and in middle Tennessee, it’s 98 degrees with 97% humidity. Not fun for the prego!

Now, let’s think about the other scenario. What if the pelvis is too far anterior? When it’s time for the baby to drop it can happen too quickly. While some of you mothers out there might be thinking this is a good thing, try asking the expectant mother who has been on bed rest since her 22nd week. The gestation period is a very specific 40 weeks and, if at all possible, no more and no less.

So back to the topic at hand–miscarriage. If you have had a miscarriage, or are having trouble simply getting pregnant, it’s time to take a look at the position of your pelvis. Remember, earlier I said that a miscarriage is the body’s way of protecting the mother. If the pelvis is out of position, the body senses it and takes the necessary steps to make sure nothing catastrophic happens to the mother. A neutral pelvis is not only key to getting pregnant, but it’s crucial to having a full-term pregnancy that is safe for both the baby and the mom. 


QUESTION: If you have suffered from a miscarriage or are struggling getting pregnant, have you given any thought to your pelvic position?