Jessa's big sister Jill Dillard has plenty of wisdom to share after giving birth to her firstborn, son Israel David Dillard, on April 6

By Emily Strohm Alicia C. Dennis
April 23, 2015 08:00 AM
Courtesy Jill Dillard

When it comes to getting pregnancy advice, Jessa Duggar Seewald doesn’t have to look far.

The 19 Kids and Counting star’s sister Jill, 23, a student midwife, “has all the knowledge and training,” Jessa tells PEOPLE.

She’s also brand-new mom after welcoming her first son Israel David with husband Derick, 26, on April 6 after a 70-hour labor.

“I am not comparing, not worrying about what could happen, we are just getting prepared,” says Jessa, the third Duggar daughter.

“Every birth story is unique,” she adds. “We think we want to go with a midwife and plan for a home birth, but I want to just be prepared that not everything may go as planned and try not to get too worried about it.”

Now headed into her second trimester, the mom-to-be is grateful her morning sickness has finally waned and is taking her first pregnancy day by day.

“I thought I’d crave pickles and lemons because my mother did, but I couldn t stand them. And one day I suddenly couldn’t do dairy,” says Jessa, 22. “I would sit and bed and eat crackers, hoping the nausea would pass.”

In the midst of her ups and downs, one person is making sure she stays as comfortable as possible: Ben, 19, her husband of five months.

“He’s so sweet,” she says. “[He’s been] waiting on me hand and foot.”

Fans of TLC’s hit show 19 Kids & Counting, which airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET, can see the birth of Israel David on May 5 in advance of Mother’s Day.

Want more Duggars? Click here to get weekly updates on the stars of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting in the Duggar Family Newsletter.

For more on Jessa and Ben Seewald’s pregnancy news, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

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