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Tammy Duckworth Announces She's Pregnant. She'll Be The First Senator To Have A Baby While In Office

January 25, 2018 11:02

Senator Tammy Duckworth announced on Twitter that she's expecting a baby. This will make her the first sitting senator to give birth, and it's truly worth celebrating.

Duckworth is a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel and has been serving as the junior United States Senator for Illinois since 2017 after beating the incumbent Senator Mark Kirk.

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Pregnancy news

The Democratic Senator is set to make history after announcing her pregnancy. In an interview with Chicago Sun-Times, she revealed that her baby is due in late April.

She and Bryan Bowlsbey welcomed their first child, Abigail, in 2014. She was serving in Congress at the time.

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In a statement made available to CNN, Tammy and Bryan said they were "thrilled that our family is getting a little bit bigger."

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The 49-year-old mom also said that juggling motherhood and a high-powered career can be tough, but since having Abigail, she has become so much more committed to working harder.

I'm hardly alone or unique as a working parent, and Abigail has only made me more committed to doing my job and standing up for hardworking families everywhere.

This is not the first time when Duckworth is making history. She happens to be the first Thai-American to serve as a senator.

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History and struggle with infertility

Duckworth's story has been an inspiration to many. She served for 23 years in the Illinois Army National Guard. She lost her legs and her right arm was severely injured when her black hawk helicopter was shot down in 2004.

Conceiving their first child was no easy endeavor. Duckworth and Bowlsbey tried for years to have a baby. They eventually had to undergo IVF, and it took a few rounds before it worked out, which was when Abigail was conceived.

After the birth of their first child, the couple wanted to try for a second. However, in 2016, Duckworth suffered a miscarriage during her Senate campaign.

It's great to see that it all worked out well for the senator. Congratulations. We bet the family cannot wait to meet baby number 2.

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