People.com Celebrity Parents 'Bringing Up Bates' ' Whitney Bates Expecting Fourth Child, Reveals She Had COVID-19 in Pregnancy Whitney Bates reveals to PEOPLE that she and husband Zach "unfortunately contracted COVID-19" shortly after learning they were expecting again By Jen Juneau Jen Juneau Twitter Jen Juneau is a digital news writer for PEOPLE. A '90s teen and horror film connoisseur, she started at the brand in 2016, after a decade of working as a technical writer and then moonlighting as a journalist beginning in 2013. Originally from New Orleans, Jen grew up both in NOLA and Florida and eventually attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando (still her home base!), where she earned a bachelor's in English/technical communication, with a minor in magazine journalism. People Editorial Guidelines and Anya Leon Anya Leon Anya Leon is a Senior News Editor and the Parents Editor for PEOPLE. She's been at the brand for over 14 years in various roles across the Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams. She has appeared on PEOPLE's podcast, PEOPLE Every Day, and covers everything from exclusive pregnancy news to every single Kardashian birth (11 and counting!). She resides in Northern Virginia with her family. People Editorial Guidelines Published on November 24, 2020 11:30 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Zach and Whitney Bates' family is expanding once more! The Bringing Up Bates stars are expecting their fourth child in June, a rep for the couple confirms exclusively to PEOPLE alongside a set of sweet family photos that include their daughters Khloé Eileen, 1, and Kaci Lynn, 4, plus son Bradley Gilvin, 6. "We are so excited to share the news that we are expecting baby No. 4 in June 2021!" says Whitney, 27. "There's no way to describe the joy in our hearts right now. It feels like all of our free time is spent talking about and planning for this new little blessing that will soon fill our home with smiles and giggles." "Brad and Kaci are already trying to guess the gender, and we feel like each day is a celebration just anticipating baby No. 4 joining our family!" she adds. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Zach and Whitney Bates' pregnancy announcement. Taryn Yager Photography Zach and Whitney Bates' pregnancy announcement. Taryn Yager Photography Zach and Whitney Bates' pregnancy announcement. Taryn Yager Photography Zach and Whitney Bates' pregnancy announcement. Taryn Yager Photography Bringing Up Bates Star Carlin Bates Welcomes First Child with Husband Evan Stewart Whitney tells PEOPLE that her pregnancy so far has not been without its challenges, as husband Zach, 31, was diagnosed with the coronavirus — and ultimately, she got it too. "Shortly after we found out we were pregnant, Zach unfortunately contracted COVID-19 at his work and I ended up testing positive as well," she says. "It was a rough couple weeks for our family, with a lot of prayers going up for the new baby, but we thankfully have all recovered and feel healthy again." "Knowing that COVID-19 can cause side effects in pregnancies, even after it has run its course, we are working closely with Dr. Vick to ensure the health and safety of our new little one, and so far everything is looking perfect!" Whitney continues. She adds, "We greatly appreciate your thoughts and prayers and thank you for all your love and support and excitement for our family through this special time!" Zach and Whitney Bates' pregnancy announcement. Taryn Yager Photography Zach and Whitney Bates' pregnancy announcement. Taryn Yager Photography RELATED VIDEO: Alyssa Bates Expecting Fourth Child with Husband John After "Health Scares": "Surprise Blessing" Zach — the oldest of Gil and Kelly Jo Bates' 19 children — and Whitney have been open about the ups and downs along their journey, having experienced a miscarriage weeks after announcing they had a baby on the way at their vow-renewal ceremony in summer 2018. Their joy at learning they were expecting baby No. 3 — and grief over the miscarriage — was captured on the Christian family's UPtv reality show, which follows Gil and Kelly Jo as they raise 19 children and nine grandchildren … and counting! Whitney and Zach found comfort in fans who reached out on social media after watching the episodes. "Our vow renewal and then miscarriage, those were two things that I really struggled with feeling like I wanted to share," Whitney told PEOPLE in February 2019, before announcing another baby (Khloé) was on the way. "But there was such a response of people who had been through the same thing." Fans can catch up with the Bates family anytime on UP Faith & Family.