World News – CA – Jill Duggar Dillard explains why she uses birth control: ‘You have to do what’s best for your family’


“Growing up I was entrenched in the fact that if you don’t have as many kids as you can, there’s something wrong with that,” she tells PEOPLE.

Jill (Duggar) Dillard recently shocked fans when she revealed she was using birth control, a move not tolerated by her ultra-religious family, and now the former TLC star is opening up on his surprising decision

« Growing up I was very fond of the fact that if you don’t have as many kids as you can, there’s something wrong with that, » Jill, 29, told PEOPLE in this week’s issue « But there was a change in me where I felt it wasn’t bad if you decided as a couple that it was better for you to wait »

Jill shares her sons Israel David, 5, and Samuel Scott, 3, with husband Derick Dillard, whom she married in 2014 After giving birth to her first child by Caesarean section in 2015, her doctor gave her recommended to wait 18 months to get pregnant again

« Children are a blessing, but that doesn’t mean that at all costs you should have as many children as possible, » she says

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As the fourth of 19 children to parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, her decision goes against the beliefs of her religious family, which also prohibits almost all physical contact with the opposite sex before marriage, « revealing » clothing (i.e. anything that exposes shoulders or knees) as well as dancing, alcohol and non-religious music

« I think you have to do what’s healthiest and best for your family, » Jill says, adding that she and Derick, 31, rely on « non-hormonal contraception » such as various barrier methods

After years of playing an important role in the family’s first TLC series, 19 Kids and Counting, Jill continued to star in the next spin-off Counting On in 2017, she quietly left the series

Since leaving, the couple have started sharing more of their lives on their Dillard family blog and official YouTube page

In addition to birth control, Jill also changed her stance on some of the other rules that she once strictly followed.She received a nose ring, enjoyed a cocktail or a glass of wine on occasion, worn jeans and even modest swimsuits

« I don’t expect everyone to understand why we make the decisions that we are », says Jill « So it’s okay if they don’t agree with me »

Jill Duggar Dillard

World News – CA – Jill Duggar Dillard Explains Why She Uses Birth Control: « You have to do what’s best for your family  »



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