Oh, baby! For months, rumors have been swirling that Joy-Anna Duggar — who wed Austin Forsyth in May — became pregnant with her first child before their quickie nuptials. The mom-to-be hasn’t posted many photos of her growing bump, but her cousin, Amy Duggar, recently posted a snap on her Instagram account. “Oh I just can’t wait! #Joeswedding #thatbumpthough,” she captioned the photo.
“Wow, pregnant already? No time together at all as husband and wife. Such a shame that Mama Duggar taught them that after marriage you should get pregnant right away… What a life they live,” one fan wrote. Another added, “She’s definitely looking more pregnant than they claim.”
Earlier this year, the duo posted a pic of Joy’s bump on their joint Instagram account, and they basically gave away their due date. “Can’t wait to meet our baby!!” wrote Joy. “I got to feel it kick for the first time a few days ago!!! Soooooo amazing!!! It’s already about the size of a bell pepper and weighs around half a pound!!! #childrenareagiftfromGod #westandforlife.”
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to Google how far along a woman has to be for the baby to be bell-pepper-sized and kicking. Baby Center says it would be around 18 weeks when the baby is “7 ounces and is roughly 5 1/2 inches long,” and starts “flexing his arms and legs – movements that you’ll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead.” If Joy-Anna was 18 weeks along at the time, then the baby will be born in February 2018!
The thinly-veiled hint may actually have been intentional because many fans have speculated that Joy and Austin slept together before marriage (a HUGE no-no in their religious family). It’s easy to see why fans were suspicious — the pair got married on May 26, and announced their pregnancy in August. In the first photos she posted Joy looked pretty far along. Now, if she truly was 18 weeks, then they would have conceived the little one just days after getting married… not before like fans had thought. Very clever, guys.