PHOTOS New Joy-Anna Duggar baby bump pics have fans questioning timing

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The latest pregnancy gossip from the land of the Duggars focuses on Joy-Anna. She recently shared a baby bump photo update that had family fans and detractors alike doing so many double takes that the hot topic du jour is, quite simply: Did Joy-Anna Duggar get pregnant before marriage?

First, though, let’s set the stage. Joy-Anna wed her husband, Austin Forsyth, on Friday, May 26th, or just under six months ago. Then, just a touch over three months later–on August 30th, to be precise–Joy-Anna took to Instagram to announce her first pregnancy. She used a triptych to make the announcement: one artsy photo featuring a bowl of ice cream with the words “Eating For Two” on the side; one faceless baby bump selfie, and one shot from more or less straight on, featuring both Joy-Anna and Austin cradling her tummy:

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Joy-Anna didn’t share another baby bump pic until about a month later, on October 2. That update’s caption included very specific details about the growing fetus’ size:

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Can’t wait to meet our baby!! ?? 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

As In Touch pointed out shortly thereafter (citing pregnancy resource Baby Center to do so), a fetus with the size and mannerisms that Joy-Anna described is generally about 18 weeks along. At that stage, the size is approximately “7 ounces and is roughly 5 1/2 inches long,” and the fetus can often be felt “flexing his arms and legs.”

If Joy-Anna was 18 weeks along in early October, her due date would be some time in February of 2018, suggesting that she got pregnant in May. But, no big deal, right? After all, there’s no better time than the wedding night itself for the chaste to get to work conceiving. (Devotées will recall that Jessa Seewald’s post-marriage advice to her sister was “Just enjoy being a couple,” which is sound stuff.)

But the question “Did Joy-Anna Duggar get pregnant before marriage” has really caught fire in the aftermath of Joy-Anna’s newest baby bump pic. She shared it on Veterans Day–and appears to be considerably farther along:

As Inquisitr has since noted, someone claiming to be a Duggar family friend has taken to both Reddit and the Duggar Family Blog in an attempt to debunk rumors about Joy-Anna and Austin conceiving out of wedlock. But that person only said that such a scenario was “not likely”–and also insisted on remaining anonymous.

Of course, all women show differently: some have very prominent baby bumps beginning in the first trimester; others, like HGTV star Erin Napier, look unchanged even in the third. And if Joy-Anna did get pregnant in late May–i.e., after she and Austin were married–she’d be at the end of her second trimester now.

On the other hand, if she and Austin conceived just before their May 26 wedding, it would be functionally impossible for anyone to tell the difference. So Joy-Anna’s delivery date–and news of whether her baby is born prematurely–will be the thing that either stops all speculation or opens it all back up.

(Photo credits: Did Joy-Anna Duggar get pregnant before marriage via Instagram)

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  • barbinop

    Maybe she’s having twins? They do run in her family

  • Shanaynay

    She prob got knocked up on her wedding night. I highly doubt it was before. I think she’s just chunky. Heck, I’m not pregnant, but after a big meal I look like her! Lol.

  • Jessica

    My 28 week bump looked like my sister in laws 41 week bump. Everyone shows differently. My bump was huge, I was all belly and my baby was almost 9 pounds. I think the Duggars also have big babies so could just be a bigger baby too. But we will never know if they got pregnant before or after. I do think it’s suspicious they got married sooner than they planned..

  • That’s all those girls know how to do, have a wedding special show and then show up pregnant 2 months later lol. I don’t think any of them waited a full year to be married to have kids.