How Anna Duggar Helped Jessa (Duggar) Seewald Get Her Labor Started

Jessa tells PEOPLE that after taking her sister-in-law's advice, "I started having hard contractions"


Jessa Duggar Seewald is opening up about her firstborn – and why she was rushed to the ER following a dramatic two-day labor. Subscribe now for this Duggar baby exclusive, only in PEOPLE!

Jessa (Duggar) Seewald had plenty of family support as she prepared to welcome her first child, who was born Nov. 5.

Among them was sister-in-law Anna Duggar, who provided Jessa with some special advice for how to induce labor, with Anna sharing what worked for her when she was pregnant with her third child with husband Josh Duggar.

“My sister-in-law Anna told me she walked stairs and that worked with her son Marcus. We walked up and down the stairs together 20 times until I was like, ‘Okay, no more,” Jessa says in this week’s issue of PEOPLE.

Jessa, 23, took the advice from Anna, 27, two days after the first-time mom’s original Nov. 1 due date, which was also her one-year anniversary with husband Ben.

For much more on Jessa and Ben Seewald – including exclusive photos of their son, a glimpse into their lives as new parents and their plans for baby number two – pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

“A couple of hours later, I started having hard contractions,” Jessa says.

She and Ben, 20, welcomed their son, whom they announced Wednesday they had named Spurgeon Elliot Seewald, after a nearly 48-hour home birth, with their son measuring 21.5-in. and weighing 9 lb., 11 oz.

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