If you’re a fan of the Duggar clan, then you’ve likely heard by now that 19-year-old Joy-Anna Duggar is expecting her first child.
We don’t know Joy-Anna’s due date, but there’s already been plenty of speculation based on the below photo of her baby bump.
Her rather sizable baby bump, to be specific.
Joy-Anna married Austin Forsyth back in May, and many fans have conjectured that she got pregnant during her honeymoon in Switzerland.
But not surprisingly, there are those who believe Joy-Anna is keeping mum about her due date based on the following theory:
She’s farther along than she’d have us believe.
The Duggars, of course, take a hard line stance against premarital sex, forbidding unmarried couples from engaging in any physical contact.
Seriously. Beyond hand-holding, it’s forbidden.
Moreover, reports about Joy-Anna and Austin breaking courtship rules cropped up several times during the early days of their relationship.
Now Joy-Anna’s blossoming baby bump is being cited as proof that perhaps the Duggars aren’t practicing what they preach.
Of course, every pregnancy is different, and in any case, it’s difficult to tell how far along an expectant mother is on the basis of a single photo.
So the folks at Radar Online took the investigation into Joy-Anna’s pregnancy a step further by consulting with an expert.
Or whatever you might call National Enquirer Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Stuart Fischer (who hasn’t treated her).
After examining the photo for himself, Dr. Fischer decisively concluded that Joy-Anna is "four or five months pregnant."
It’s important to reiterate that Dr. Fischer has never treated Joy-Anna, and his observation is based only on the image posted above.
But, since Joy-Anna and Austin tied the knot on May 26, if she’s as far along as Dr. Fischer claims, the Duggars would be in the hot seat.
For most people, if a pregnancy occurred a month before a wedding, it wouldn’t be a big deal or noteworthy, even if someone noticed.
For the Duggars, though?
They would certainly have some explaining to do, even if all likelihood, most of their fans don’t care if young people engage in premarital sex.
Heck, they might even encourage it as an act of rebellion from the young women, who fans adore but consider overprotected by Jim Bob,
Besides, they’ve already demonstrated a willingness to forgive the Duggars for some pretty egregious misconduct in the past.
(It’s hard to imagine any other famous family surviving something like the Josh Duggar sex scandal … scandals plural, really.)
But it may not be that simple for Joy, either.
After all, another instance of the Duggars misleading their fans in order to maintain their wholesome image could prove pretty damaging.
At some point, the lies pile up, and for a group of people espousing strict religious values, a loose relationship with truth isn’t a good look.
By now, we’re well aware that the version of the Duggars that appears on TV is only loosely based on the reality of their day-to-day lives.
Still, like professional wrestling fans, reality television viewers want their beloved illusions to be maintained as convincingly as possible.
If the Duggar slip-ups keep piling up, at some point ratings will decline right alongside the family’s credibility, but for now, Counting On lives.
Speaking of which, you can watch Counting On online to catch up before the September 11 premiere, then hit the comments below:
Do you think she’s more than three months along?