Joy-Anna Duggar’s pregnancy announcement has sparked a lot of theories about her due date, including speculation about whether or not Joy-Anna got pregnant before the wedding. Between the wedding date changes to Joy-Anna’s recent baby bump photo, here’s an inside look at the theories surrounding the Counting On star’s pregnancy.
According to Romper, Joy-Anna’s pregnancy time table first came under fire when she moved the wedding date up a few months. Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth were originally supposed to tie the knot in October of this year, but they ended up exchanging vows in May. Many fans speculated that Joy-Anna was forced to move the date because she got pregnant.
Despite Jim Bob Duggar’s strict courting rules, which include supervised dates and minimal contact, fans wondered if Joy-Anna had rebelled and slept with Forsyth before getting hitched. To add more fuel to the fire, the couple announced the pregnancy a little over three months after the wedding.
Joy-Anna and Forsyth announced the exciting pregnancy on social media. The Counting On couple posted a photo of Joy-Anna’s baby bump and captioned the image with a note about how the baby was already kicking. Most women feel the baby move anywhere between 16 and 25 weeks of pregnancy, though it is usually later the first time.
If Joy-Anna was around 25 weeks at the time of the photo, then that means she got pregnant a few weeks prior to the wedding. That said, it’s entirely possible that she just felt the baby kick earlier than normal and that conception happened on or around the wedding night.
Joy-Anna’s pregnancy did not come as a big surprise for Counting On fans. In fact, the majority of the Duggars have had kids during their first year of marriage. The only daughter that bucked that trend was Jinger Duggar and her husband, Jeremy Vuolo, who still haven’t had their first baby.
To make the situation worse, In Touch Weekly reports that Joy-Anna also commented on her baby’s development, which included brain waves and fingerprints. These stages of development do not occur until later in the pregnancy cycle, around 25 to 26 weeks. Assuming Joy-Anna wasn’t mistaken, this puts conception prior to the wedding.
We are so thankful for the men and women who have served to defend our freedom! Grateful we got to spend the day with my grandfather who is a Army veteran. "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance." (Psalm 33:12) "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." ~Ronald Reagan
The post in question was uploaded on August 30, which was around three months after her vows. Of course, there is also the possibility that Joy-Anna didn’t really know what she was talking about when she posted the information and was just trying to promote her family’s conservative viewpoints about child development.
Unfortunately, Joy-Anna Duggar and the rest of her family haven’t released too many details about her pregnancy. The most current information puts her due date around March. If the baby is born earlier than March than it’s likely that Joy-Anna got pregnant before walking down the aisle. That said, the Duggars will likely do everything in their power to hide such an embarrassment, so it might be a long time before we know what really happened last spring.