Joy-Anna Duggar: Already Pregnant By "Controlling" Austin Forsyth?!

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It's been less than three months since Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth got married, but when Duggar women are involved, that's a long time.

Practically a lifetime.

The pregnancy speculation begins pretty much immediately after the vows are exchanged ... if not sooner than that.

Austin and Joy Pre-Wedding

In some cases, the rumor mill starts churning even before the couple says "I do," and what you're looking at here is one of those cases.

Reports of Joy-Anna and Austin breaking courtship rules were persistent in their first months together, and have yet to cool off since.

Fans on social media began falsely reporting that Joy-Anna got pregnant before marriage, forcing her family to "fast-track" her wedding.

Those claims were never substantiated, but persisted.

If that was the case, then the Duggars have done an incredible job of keeping Joy-Anna's (alleged) pregnancy under wraps since then.

What seems more likely is that Joy-Anna and Austin leaked a false wedding date and got married ahead of schedule in order to throw fans off their trail.

Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth: Young Republicans

Whatever the case, the newlyweds returned from their honeymoon last month to find they've taken center stage in the minds of many Duggar fans.

Not only are Joy-Anna and Austin prominently featured in the promotional materials for the new season of Counting On, fans are obsessed.

It's safe to say that they've equaled, or even surpassed Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo as the new favorite topic of conversation for Duggar Nation on social media.

Naturally, much of the gossip centers around the possibility that Joy-Anna is expecting, and when we might find out for certain.

Some fans believe the fact that new Counting On promos (the show returns September 11) offer more proof that they're expecting.

“Maybe she is pregnant!” wrote one fan in the comments for a recent Facebook post by TLC. “Then there definitely [will] be more episodes!”

Joy-Anna and Austin PDA on Counting On

It's bizarre that we associate babies with reality TV storylines and increased ratings, but this is the world the Duggars have built for themselves.

Of course, not all of the talk surrounding Joy-Anna and Austin's relationship has to do with pregnancy, but with the rules she lives under.

Duggar daughters aren't allowed to have their own social media pages until they get engaged, as devoted fans know (see gallery below).

Yet unlike her older sisters, Joy-Anna hasn't been able to fully take advantage of that new freedom even after tying the knot.

She and Austin have a joint Instagram account, and many fans believe it's his way of keeping a closer eye on his new wife.

“Let her have her own Instagram,” one Duggar fan recently commented on a picture of the couple, calling out Austin.

“If there’s no trust then you shouldn’t be married! Also why does she have to wear skirts?? She has said she doesn’t like them but you do."

"Don’t be controlling.”

Yes, now that Jinger Duggar is wearing pants, it seems fans are expecting all Duggar women to have more freedom.

Sadly, that seems unlikely, as the religious movement the family adheres to remains deeply rooted in patriarchal rule.

So for the foreseeable future, we're guessing Joy-Anna will continue to wear floor-length skirts at all times.

As always, you can follow the link to watch Counting On online for more from TV's most controversial family.

UPDATE: It's true.

Whether he's controlling or not, Joy-Anna is pregnant with her first child at the age of 19, she announced Wednesday, August 30.

“We’re so happy and thankful to announce that we’re expecting a baby!” Joy-Anna said. “Every child is such a precious gift from God."

"I’m most looking forward to watching Austin as a dad and raising children together with him,” she said of her 23-year-old spouse.

“It’s such an amazing thing to be a parent and raise children. I’m really looking forward to the journey of this pregnancy."

Austin, for his part, added that he and Joy "are beyond thankful" and that "it’s really exciting and I feel so blessed to be a dad!"

Joy-Anna Duggar Pregnancy Photo

Asked how large of a family they'd like, Joy-Anna and Austin implied that there's a good chance they will follow in her parents' footsteps.

Lest we forget, Joy is one of 19 children of Jim Bob and Michelle, while Austin's family follows the same set of religious beliefs.

In other words ... prepare for an enormous brood.

“We want as many as the Lord thinks we can handle,” Joy-Anna says, unambiguously, regarding their plans for the future.

“And we are putting it into his hands.”

Nineteen. One-nine.

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