Why Jessa (Duggar) Seewald Wants to Adopt Her Next Child: 'When I Was in Labor, I Joked: We Are 'Not' Having Any More Kids After This'

"We would love it if our next baby is adopted," Jessa tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story


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!

New parents Jessa (Duggar) Seewald and husband Ben are already thinking about baby number two.

The couple, who welcomed their first child Nov. 5, would like to adopt in the future, though they may have to wait a bit.

“We would love it if our next baby is adopted,” Jessa, 23, tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story.

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

But the first-time mom explains that the adoption agencies they’ve contacted do not allow parents to adopt when they have an infant, so they may have to wait at least another year.

For now, Jessa and Ben, 20, are enjoying time with their newborn son, who weighed in at 9 lbs. 11 oz. and measured 21.5 in. when he was born at their home in Springdale, Arkansas.

“When I was in labor, I told Ben, ‘Babe, we are not having any more kids after this,’ ” Jessa says, with a laugh. “I was teasing – we will have more kids. But in that moment of pain, I believed it!”

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