When Josh Duggar left rehab after six months of sex addiction treatment, many wondered about the future of his relationship with wife, Anna Duggar.
There were rumors that Anna would divorce Josh after learning of his infidelity and sex crimes, but not only did she stick with her husband, sources close to the Duggars have claimed the couple is closer than ever.
In fact, not long after Josh returned home to Arkansas, we learned that Anna was pregnant with her fifth child.
Usually, Duggar pregnancies are highly publicized affairs, complete with frequent social media progress updates.
But Josh and Anna have been keeping a low profile for obvious reasons.
As a result, little is known about Anna's pregnancy, and it seems she has every intention of keeping it that way.
We probably won't be getting the usual joyous birth announcement as a result of the continued disdain for Josh, so naturally, fans have started speculating about Anna's due date.
And many believe she's already given birth.
The most recent public photos of Anna were posted in June during a trip to the Silver Dollar City amusement park in Missouri.
At the time, fans who scrutinized the images claimed that Anna appeared to be in her third trimester.
The fact that she disappeared from social media shortly thereafter has led many of those same fans to the conclusion that Anna has secretly given birth.
It seems ridiculous that the Duggars would keep something as major as a new addition to the family under wraps, but they may feel they have good reason to wait.
The Duggars' personal and professional lives are inextricably intertwined.
Every marriage, pregnancy, and birth is treated as a publicity event, and there's always a goal in mind.
Usually, the objective is to boost ratings for the family's reality show, Counting On.
This time, it seems the Duggars were hoping that photos of Josh with his newborn son might help him win the acceptance of fans.
Now that it's become clear that that won't be happening anytime soon, the family might have decided to lay low and strategize.
Jim Bob Duggar is a master of PR, but he's got another thing coming if he thinks a well-timed announcement will help repair Josh's battered public image.
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