Joy-Anna Duggar is expecting her first child with husband Austin Forsyth, and the rumors of a shotgun wedding continue to fly after she revealed her latest baby bump photo. Is it possible the extremely religious and conservative couple got pregnant before they got married?
The couple originally scheduled an October 28th vow exchange, but they ended up moving it to May 26th, which started the rumors that it was a shotgun wedding due to an unexpected pregnancy.
Fast forward three months later to the end of August, and Duggar-Forsyth announced via social media that she was pregnant and posted a picture of a baby bump that looked larger than many expected for a woman in her first trimester.
Austin and I are SO thankful to announce that we are parents!! Even before we were married we prayed that God would give us children and we are so blessed that he has given us this baby! Jesus is the giver of Life! The baby has arms, legs, fingers, and toes. It has a beating heart and brain waves. The baby responds to touch and is already right- or left-handed. The baby has its own unique fingerprints, which are different from anyone else's. All organ systems are in place! Psalm 139:13-16 "For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them." This passage indicates that God Himself formed our physical features and that He did so with a wonderful plan for our lives. God knew us in the womb. #babyforsyth #alreadyinlovewithmybaby #blessedbeyondmeasure #Jesusanswersprayers
At the time, Dr. Stuart Fisher, who has not treated Duggar-Forsyth, said that based on the bump in the photo, she looked “four to five months pregnant.” However, the 19-year-old reality star’s brother-in-law said that rumors of a pre-wedding pregnancy are false. It seems she is just someone who shows early.
Of course, none of this would be a big deal if the Duggar family wasn’t known for their ultra-conservative beliefs, especially when it comes to dating and physical contact.
Duggar children are only allowed side hugs, while hand holding and kissing are forbidden until marriage.
Now the Counting On star has posted another picture on Instagram, and it is obvious this mom-to-be has popped.
Duggar-Forsyth captioned the photo, “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!!!”
Pregnancy charts reveal that a baby the size of a bell pepper is about 18 weeks. If we do the math, that puts Duggar-Forsyth getting pregnant near her wedding day.
The first-time mom’s latest post wasn’t without controversy. Using the Instagram carousel feature, she posted her most recent bump, plus a pro-life meme and a picture of her husband holding a sign that read “abortion kills children.”
This angered a lot of her followers, who questioned why she would include a political statement with a post that is celebrating her pregnancy.