Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth announced to fans they were expecting their first child together just three months after marrying in front of family and friends (and cameras) at Cross Church in Arkansas.
Austin and I are SO thankful to announce that we are parents!! Even before we were married we prayed that God would give us children and we are so blessed that he has given us this baby! Jesus is the giver of Life! The baby has arms, legs, fingers, and toes. It has a beating heart and brain waves. The baby responds to touch and is already right- or left-handed. The baby has its own unique fingerprints, which are different from anyone else’s. All organ systems are in place! Psalm 139:13-16 “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.” This passage indicates that God Himself formed our physical features and that He did so with a wonderful plan for our lives. God knew us in the womb. #babyforsyth #alreadyinlovewithmybaby #blessedbeyondmeasure #Jesusanswersprayers
The news came as a surprise to many Duggar followers since Joy-Anna is only 19 years old and married Austin after a whirlwind, seven-month courtship.
Fans also wondered if one of the pictures the Forsyths used to share their pregnancy news perhaps hinted that Joy-Anna was further along than her first trimester.
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As Dearly previously reported, a “growing conspiracy theory” formed around the “Counting On” star having fallen pregnant before her May 26 wedding ceremony.
The speculation was fueled even further by the latest photo of her baby bump:austinandjoyforsyth/Instagram
Commenters wrote that perhaps the size of her belly was the reason the couple married in May instead of October as originally planned:
She looks way more than three months in this picture at least we now know why they pushed the wedding forward.
However, although there is a growing belief that Joy-Anna was pregnant before she got married, some fans think the size of her stomach has nothing to do with the timing of her pregnancy but with something else entirely — twins.
As one commenter wrote: “She is big for three months, I bet she’s carrying twins.” Another asked: “Maybe it is twins. Didn’t Michelle have 2 sets of twins?”
One commenter suggested that if she were carrying twins her belly would be just the right size:
Maybe it’s twins!! Look up photos of a 3 month bump with twins.
Other commenters added: “Looks like u have twins in there,” and “MY GUESS IS IT’S TWINS FOR JOY & AUSTIN (BUT I BET Michelle already guessed that).”
This commenter also pointed out that twins run in the Duggar family:
I bet the reason why Joy Anna is bigger than most people is because she’s probably pregnant with twins (twins run in the duggar family)
There are two sets of twins in the Duggar family. Michelle gave birth to twins Jana and John-David in 1990 and later to twins Jedidiah and Jeremiah in 1998.
According to an article by Dr. Anja Scholze of Stanford University for the Tech Museum of Innovation, a woman who has siblings that are fraternal twins is 2.5 times more likely to have twins. And when it comes to which side of the family is important — it’s the mother’s side that influences the presence of twins.
As for the size of a belly of a woman carrying twins, the American Pregnancy Association reports that the uterus of a woman carrying twins or multiples will begin to grow and stretch “sooner” than if she were carrying just one baby during the first trimester.
Parents Magazine also reports that a bigger, earlier pregnancy belly may indicate that a woman is carrying twins, however, only an ultrasound can confirm if a mother is carrying more than one baby. The first ultrasound for a pregnant mother occurs between six and eight weeks. According to Pregnancy Week by Week, twins can be determined via an ultrasound as early as six weeks.
What do you think? Could Joy-Anna be pregnant with twins?