How Far Along Is Joy-Anna Duggar? Let's Look at the Clues

Joy-Anna Duggar, Austin Forsyth
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Joy-Anna (Duggar) and Austin Forsyth shared the happy news that they're going to be parents earlier this week. The newlyweds just tied the knot last May, but given their family history and religious beliefs, no one was exactly shocked to hear that they've already got a bun in the oven.

It is curious to note that they did not reveal a due date, however. And given the notable size of Joy's bump so far, it's caused some fans to raise their eyebrows and question the timing of the whole thing.

There were reports that Joy-Anna and Austin were originally planning to get married this fall, before they surprised us with a May 26 wedding date. We thought they had just been trying to throw us off, but was it really a shotgun wedding?

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Comments on Joy and Austin's Instagram page included, "Hmmmm twins or out of wedlock!" and, "Looking at the timeline I'm sure she'll have a 'premature' baby."

It doesn't really matter, since it's 2017 and all, but let's take a look at the evidence anyway.

  • Was Joy already expecting in this photo?

    We're not saying she looks pregnant here. We're just saying that her dress looks like it could accommodate a pregnancy in the very early stages, as it flares out from her natural waist.

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  • First trimester? Or second?

    This photo was less than two weeks ago, and now we know the reason behind the loose-fitting clothes and the placement of her arm over her midsection. There could definitely be a sizable bump under there.

  • Here's their first official family portrait -- there's definitely a baby in there!

    If Joy and Austin got pregnant on their wedding night -- the earliest possibility if they followed the Duggar rules of chastity before marriage -- she'd be about 14 weeks right now. Commenters pointed out that she does look rather big for just heading into the second trimester.

  • Only 14 weeks?

    14 weeks max. Which is why some people are wondering if Joy and Austin engaged in some premarital activities and had to move up the wedding date a few months.

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    Then again, maybe she has more than one in there? Or it's entirely possible that she's just someone who pops out much earlier in the pregnancy than is typical.

    No matter what the timing is, it doesn't really matter. A baby is a blessing no matter how he or she gets here, and we couldn't be happier for Joy and Austin. Congrats again, you guys!