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Michelle Duggar, mother of 19, heads back to the baby doctor

Michelle Duggar, mother of 19, heads back to the baby doctor
Michelle Duggar and husband Jim Bob Duggar visit 19th child Josie when she was just over 5 weeks old, on a 2010 episode of "19 Kids and Counting." (TLC)

Michelle Duggar and her husband, Jim Bob Duggar, would welcome the birth of a 20th child, and they've visited a high-risk baby doctor to find out what they'll be up against if that happens.

Highlights of the visit and the reality TV mama's takeaways from it come courtesy of a new "19 Kids and Counting" video clip exclusive to the "Today" show.

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"If I am in that season of life where we're not able to have any more, then I'm fine, I'm happy with that," 47-year-old Michelle tells the camera. "But if there are things physically I need to know, that I need to do, healthwise just to be ready to catch a baby if God saw fit to give us one."

The couple's 19th child, Josie Brooklyn Duggar, was born 3½ months early, in December 2009. Michelle became pregnant again after that, but suffered a miscarriage in December 2011. The nearly 29 months that have passed mark her longest non-pregnant stretch since before she was carrying kid No. 1, Josh, who was born in 1988.

Michelle Duggar explains that her goal in seeing the high-risk obstetrician was "to really find out where I am in my life right now, hormonally speaking, as well as the ability to carry a baby and give birth, if that's possible at this point.

"It's very unusual" to see a pregnancy in someone her age, says the doc,

He notes that at 47, her chance of conception is about 5%, and from there, her chance of having a child with Down syndrome would be about 20% to 25%.

Michelle says the risks are nothing she hasn't been hearing from doctors since she was 36.

Of course, now her babies are having babies ....

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