Joy-Anna Duggar Pregnancy Updates That Prove She's Totally Ready To Be A Mom

Ad failed to load

While the Duggars are known for many things, perhaps one of the family's most defining features is their dedication to having as many babies as possible. And now, these Joy-Anna Duggar pregnancy updates will get you so excited about the 20-year-old's first child, because she seems totally ready to tackle motherhood. Obviously, fans of the Duggar's previous reality series, 19 Kids and Counting, and their current show, Counting On, know that the Duggar family has very strict rules when it comes to dating, courtship, and marriage, one of which is that their children should never have sex before marriage — and once they do they shouldn't be using birth control.

So, it rarely comes as a surprise when one of the Duggar children announces a pregnancy so soon after their wedding day. And while many fans were quick to point out that the latest Duggar to announce her pregnancy, Joy-Anna, seems as though she and her now-husband Austin Forsyth might have jumped the gun a little bit, the updates that she's posted to her social media accounts have made it clear that that isn't the case. And what's more, the newlyweds have been keeping their fans updated about Joy-Anna's pregnancy, and it seems as if they can hardly wait to meet their little one.

Their First Announcement Hinted That They Were Pretty Far Along

Ad failed to load

In the couple's Aug. 30 Instagram post announcing their pregnancy, they wrote that they were so excited about having a baby, as it's something that they've both looked forward to for so long. And then, they gave a little update about how far along they were, writing:

Now, looking at the couple's caption, it seems that at the time of the post, Joy-Anna was at least 10 weeks along. According to, at 10 weeks the baby has arms, legs, fingers, eyes, a heart beat, and their organs are beginning to function.

Ad failed to load

But Their Second Update Is Even More Telling

In an Oct. 1 post of her growing pregnancy bump, Joy-Anna shared that "It's already about the size of a bell pepper and weighs around half a pound!!!" And, a quick Google search reveals that when a baby is the size of a bell pepper, it usually means that the mother is about 18 weeks along, according to So, with that math, it can be conclusively assumed that Joy-Anna's due date is sometime in February.

Ad failed to load

Of course, this post from the couple earned some hefty criticism as they also shared a pretty strong anti-abortion message, with a photo of baby feet and an overlay that reads, "Life offers no guarantees, but abortion offers no chances."

Sources Say She's Planning To Have A Home Birth

RealityTVserieS on YouTube
Ad failed to load

While Joy-Anna hasn't said anything about her birth plan herself, there are plenty of rumors out there that suggest she might be planning on having a home birth, like many others in the Duggar family. Joy-Anna's mother, Michelle, as well as her sisters Jill and Jessa, have all had home births. This would of course make sense, considering how the Duggars like to take alternative routes to medicine and other modern ways of thinking.

However, Joy-Anna herself has yet to confirm this news, so it's important to remember that this is all still mere speculation.

But Some People Think She's Already Given Birth

Ad failed to load

Now, this is a pretty thin rumor, but based off of Joy-Anna's recent social media presence and the lack of photos of herself, some fans are wondering if she actually already gave birth. Additionally, there's a photo floating around of Joy-Anna at an event where some fans think she looks noticeably thinner. But, the official story is that she's due in March, and that's what the family seems to be sticking to.

But really, Joy-Anna and her husband, Austin Forsyth, are totally entitled to keep their pregnancy as private as they like. Just because they're reality television stars doesn't mean they owe anyone anything.

Ad failed to load

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

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