Did Joy-Anna Duggar Give Birth Early? These Fan Theories Are Over The Top

By
Share
Ad failed to load

For months now, fans have speculated about the timing of Joy-Anna Duggar's pregnancy news. Some people suspect that Joy-Anna and her husband, Austin Forsyth, conceived before their wedding in May, which would be shocking given the Duggar's ultra-conservative values. From so-called clues like Joy-Anna's bump size to her absence from the Duggar family's Thanksgiving festivities, some Counting On viewers are convinced that there's something suspicious about her pregnancy. And just when you thought the speculation couldn't get any more ridiculous, some fans are theorizing that Joy-Anna Duggar gave birth early. Considering Joy-Anna is due in February, the new fan theories are a bit of a leap, to say the least.

On Saturday, Joy-Anna posted a nondescript photo of herself and Austin to Instagram. The couple appear to be flying in a plane, and Austin's dad, Terry Forsyth, is seated in the back of the aircraft.

Joy-Anna captioned the family picture:

Ad failed to load

At first glance, this is a totally innocent and run-of-the-mill photo. There's nothing odd or amiss about a family flying to a wedding, right?

Unfortunately, some fans took the opportunity to question whether Joy-Anna has already given birth and the fan theories are pretty absurd.

Ad failed to load

Fans were quick to wonder why the picture didn't show off Joy-Anna's bump, because a no-bump pic must mean she's hiding something, obviously. One fan asked: "Why no baby bump shot?"

I've never flown in a small plane before (nor do I even plan to), but I imagine it would be difficult to take a full body selfie in a teensy aircraft. Plus, a bump shot would have likely cut Austin out of the photo entirely. So, the idea that Joy-Anna is concealing a birth simply based on the angle of the photo is pretty out there.

Ad failed to load

But wait, the speculation didn't stop there.

Many people brought up Joy-Anna's appearance as proof that she has already given birth. Apparently, Joy-Anna doesn't even "look" pregnant, a sentiment I'm particularly confused about. How does a pregnant person look, exactly?

Ad failed to load

One fan argued: "Joy doesn’t even look pregnant in this pic ... They are hiding something." Another added: "She doesn’t look pregnant at all here."

And when one commenter asked why Joy-Anna doesn't appear pregnant, another person replied: "because she already had it."

If you've been following Kylie Jenner's reported pregnancy, then this type of speculation should be familiar. Fans love to analyze Jenner's supposed pregnancy face, and some people have argued that Jenner is pregnant because of her "swollen appearance," for example.

Ad failed to load

And to be fair, pregnancy can change a person's face. Pregnancy can cause nose swelling due to higher levels of estrogen, according to Glamour, and it can also make the face appear puffy.

Although it's true that pregnancy can alter a person's appearance, it's still kind of lame and unfair to speculate about a stranger's face.

Ad failed to load

Following the rampant speculation about Joy-Anna's supposed non-pregnant look, other commenters came to her defense. A fan reasoned: "How can you say she doesn't look pregnant??? You can see an inch of her chest. No lower. There's no belly on show at allllll. God people love to create something out of nothing." Someone else chimed in: "She did not have the baby yet it's not due until feb."

Another person brought up how they were also accused of conceiving pre-marriage: "I got married in May, pregnant on my wedding night and had my daughter Feb 9 (three weeks early). My own family sat there and counted the days and accused me of the same ... People are always going to judge. Be the bigger person and walk away or ignore it."

So, the likely truth here is that Joy-Anna is still pregnant and will give birth sometime in February. Although some fans seem intent on concocting theories about her pre-marital choices, it's really no one's business. Joy-Anna totally deserves to enjoy her first pregnancy without having to deal with fan speculation and baseless rumors.

Ad failed to load

Check out Romper's new video series, Romper's Doula Diaries:

Ad failed to load

Watch full episodes of Romper's Doula Diaries on Facebook Watch.

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

6 Early Signs You're Going To Have A Short Labor, According To Experts

As far as I'm concerned, a short labor is right up there with winning the lottery in terms of lucky life events. (And when I was actually in labor, I would absolutely have traded a bucketful of lottery winnings for a speedier birth.) While some women…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Kids Will Love These TV Shows & Movies Coming To Netflix In March

You can always count on Netflix to keep it fresh: though there are already so many movies and shows to choose from, every month there's an influx of new content to keep your entire family entertained. As February enters its final weeks, it's time to …
By Megan Walsh

Here Are 10 Ways To Boost Your Baby's Immunity To The Flu

As I'm sure you've read in the thousands upon thousands of articles written about it this winter, the flu is spreading like wildfire and it's bad. Really bad. This strand of flu is the worst we've had in a very long time and it's the most widespread,…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

Khloé Kardashian Asked Twitter About Her Bump, & Moms Totally Delivered

Like her younger sister Kylie Jenner, Khloé Kardashian managed to keep most of her pregnancy a sort-of secret. But unlike Jenner, Kardashian chose to publicly announce her pregnancy several months before the baby's due date. While there's no wrong wa…
By Sophie Hirsh

21 Moms Share The Most Surprising Part About Having A C-Section

Honestly, I don't think we, as a culture, talk about C-sections nearly enough, especially considering so many mothers experience them. And because of a number of factors, the little we do talk about it always seems to be a familiar narrative: "It's n…
By Jamie Kenney

13 Yummy Instant Pot Recipes To Make Under 30 Minutes

An Instant Pot seems to be the must-have appliance in every kitchen these days. If you are anything like me and never knew the beauty of a Instant Pot, you are about to have your life changed. Basically, you put some ingredients into a pot, set the t…
By Kristin Manna

9 Things The First Six Months Of Motherhood Will Teach You About Your Baby

Personally, the first six months of motherhood was a mixed bag. I learned some harsh lessons about myself that made taking care of my baby seem overwhelming. For example, I was clueless, and no amount of research could help me feel like anything but …
By Steph Montgomery

11 Photos You *Must* Take During The Last Days Of Your Pregnancy

During my first pregnancy, I took a photo each week to document my growing belly. I stopped around 36 weeks, though. I hated how I looked in those pictures, and didn't think I'd want to relive those moments. I was wrong. My second pregnancy was a dum…
By Steph Montgomery

6 Red Flags To Definitely Look Out For After Your Baby Falls

The first time my infant son tried to take a few steps, he tumbled and bumped his head on the coffee table. My blood turned to ice in my veins and I froze. There truly isn't anything quite like the feeling a parent gets when their little one gets hur…
By Sarah Bunton

These 9 Instant Pot Recipes Will Make Even The Pickiest Eater Happy At The Table

Like any parent, I've had my share of parenting hits and misses, but one of my favorite "wins" is my daughter's diverse palate. I don't even know if I can take credit for it, but I would like to think I had something to do with her love for lentils, …
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Turns Out, Kim Kardashian's Favorite Mom Products Look A Lot Like Your Own Faves

Being a mom is really hard work, especially for the first few months, and Kim Kardashian West is no different in that regard. Now the mother of three, Kardashian says that there are a few products she just can't live without when it comes to raising …
By Abi Berwager Schreier

10 Things No One Tells You About Having A Baby In Your 30s

If you're like me, you evaluate the pros and cons of any major life decision. When my husband and I were considering starting a family, I thought about my career, education, and financial stability. I wanted to know how a pregnancy and childbirth wou…
By Steph Montgomery

Soda Might Hurt Your Fertility, Study Says, & Here's What You Can Do

Who doesn't love sugary drinks? I stopped drinking soda years ago, but I still love gulping down those fancy Starbucks coffee beverages. I don't have a big sweet tooth, but I am a sucker for sugar-sweetened beverages every now-and-then. Turns out, th…
By Annamarya Scaccia

5 Red Flags Your Toddler Isn't Eating Enough

Toddlers are notoriously picky eaters, at least in my experience. You offer mashed potatoes, they want french fries. You give them crackers, they scream for chips. It's frustrating, to be sure, but it's usually their way of vying for independence. It…
By Candace Ganger

35 Moms Share The Most Disgusting Things Their Husbands Do

I'm a human being who revels in challenges. I like when people present me with one, especially if they don't think I can meet or succeed it, and I like taking a challenge on, especially if it's unexpected. So when I aimed to uncover the most disgusti…
By Jamie Kenney

How Having Kids In Your 20s Affects You Later In Life

For parents, like myself, who had kids in their 20s, there are a number of questions that come to mind. When you're deciding what your future will look like, you'll likely consider what this means for your health, career, and more down the line. Thin…
By Tessa Shull

Study: Drinking Two Glasses Of Wine A Day Is Good For Your Mind — Here's Why

There’s more scientific proof that a daily drink or two isn't necessarily a bad thing and could have a place in an overall healthy lifestyle. A new study out of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) in New York found that — in mice, at le…
By Tiffany Thomas

Research Says Eating Carbs Can Lead To A Healthy Pregnancy, So Bring On The Pasta

In the world of me, no food is better than bread. I know it's supposed to be pretty terrible for you, high in calories, low in protein, and full of that modern-day demon, gluten... but guys, it's really yummy. Especially warm out of the oven, when th…
By Jen McGuire

These Photos Of Prince George Then & Now Will Give You Serious Baby Fever

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child in Spring 2018. With all of the excitement surrounding the new baby, it's easy to forget all of the good times that have already passed. The couple's eldest is already well into the sc…
By Azure Hall

This Is, Hands Down, The *Grossest* Thing Babies Do Inside The Womb

Your baby's life in the womb may be safe and warm, but it's also kind of grody. Seriously, the whole process of growing into a human being includes more than a few icky moments along the way. But this is the grossest thing babies do inside the womb b…
By Lindsay E. Mack