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Pregnant Jinger Duggar cradles baby bump in family photo after she gets slammed for saying to ‘pray away the anxiety’

PREGNANT Jinger Duggar cradled her baby bump in a new family photo just days after being slammed for telling fans to "pray away the anxiety."

The photo, which was posted on Instagram, showed Jinger, her husband Jeremy Vuolo, and daughter Felicity smiling for the camera.

The family matched as Jinger wore a blue dress, Jeremy sported a white button-up shirt and light blue shorts and Felicity wore an adorable blue and checkered dress.

The expecting mom captioned the shot: "20 weeks down + 20 weeks to go until we meet the newest little addition to our family."

The sweet family photo came just days after Jinger was slammed by social media users for encouraging her fans to "pray away" the anxiety and fear caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

In the controversial post, Jinger wrote: Anxiety could be a serious struggle every day if we let it be!

"But believe it or not, the Bible has a lot to say about it. One of my favorite Scriptures is Philippians 4 where we are told to 'rejoice always' and 'never be anxious.'

"The obvious question is, how? And the answer is thankful prayer."

Despite the 26-year-old's good intentions, social media users were quick remind the Counting On star that anxiety is a "mental illness."

One fan wrote: "Also remember anxiety is a mental illness that affect millions.

"Kind words don't cure mental illness. Please don't downplay people's suffering.

"If I could pray my mental illnesses away wouldn't you think I've already tried."

Another said: "Doesn’t necessarily help if you have an anxiety disorder.

"If anything you just feel like you’re out of God’s favor if you can’t just happily stop the anxiety by remembering a few comforting passages from the Bible.

"I say this with respect to you both and hope that other sufferers of GAD, PTSD, panic disorder, etc know that they’re not bad, ungodly people if they can’t stop those awful feelings."

Who are the Duggars and why are they famous?

The Duggars are a family of devout Baptists who gained popularity after they were featured on 19 Kids and Counting.

The show debuted in 2008 and ran for seven seasons on the TLC network.

Counting On- a spin-off of 19 Kids and Counting- began airing in 2015 and is currently in its 11th season.

The Duggars avoid birth control, saying they have decided to allow God to determine the number of children they have.

All of the children are homeschooled, and access to entertainment such as movies and television is limited.

They practice chaperoned courtship, in which a couple becomes acquainted only in a group setting.

Jeremy also recently experienced backlash from fans after he posted a photo of him and Felicity on a boat- neither of them wearing life jackets.

The photo showed Felicity sitting on Jeremy's lap as they sat behind the wheel of a boat.

The reality TV star, 32, captioned the photo: "And just like that, she’s a boat captain. Time flies!"

Social media users were quick to criticize the father as "irresponsible" for putting the 1-year-old at risk.

One person wrote: "Just mentioning a child shouldn't be boating without a life jacket. Absolutely love u guys but in Australia it's illegal for a child to be on a boat without a life jacket."

The same user added that adults don't need to wear life jackets, "but a child definitely needs one 100%."

The criticisms continued with another person writing: "You forgot her life jacket."

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