Joy-Anna Duggar Forsyth may have been avoiding showing her belly on social media since the backlash she faced when she debuted her baby bump at the end of August, but candid photos taken by family friends show Joy’s baby bump in all its glory.
The 20-year-old bride became the subject of “shotgun” wedding rumors after she and her husband, Austin Forsyth, moved up their wedding from October to May with no explanation. While some extreme Duggar fans, who don’t want to even think that Joy-Anna Duggar Forsyth had sex before she was married, believe that this was to throw off the press. Others believe it was to ensure that the pair didn’t appear to have sex before they were married.
A recent photo has surfaced of Joy-Anna Duggar Forsyth and her husband at his parents’ family camp, and many fans said she looked much bigger than the five months she claims to be.
A more recent photo showing Joy-Anna Duggar standing to the side was posted on Instagram by one of their family friends (it is the seventh in the series) shows her looking to be six or seven months pregnant.
The other possibility is that Joy-Anna Duggar Forsyth is carrying twins. Her mother, Michelle Duggar, gave birth to two sets of them, and as they do run in families, it isn’t too crazy of a notion.
Curious fans can have a look for themselves in the photo series below. Joy-Anna Duggar Forsyth and Austin Forsyth are featured in the seventh photo.
For most people, being a month or two pregnant at your wedding is hardly a big deal. However, for the Duggars, it’s pretty huge. The family is part of a sect of Christianity known as Gothardites, and in addition to having as many kids as possible, they are staunchly against having any kind of relations out of wedlock.
In fact, the family is so strict that they limit physical contact during dating (or “courtship” as they refer to it) to side-hugs. Couples cannot hold hands until they are engaged, and they share their first kiss on their wedding day, typically in front of TLC cameras and 1,000 of their closest friends.
[Featured Image by Austin and Joy-Anna Duggar Forsyth/Instagram]