For months now, the biggest story surrounding the Duggar clan has had to do with Joy-Anna Duggar’s pregnancy and its timeline.
Rumors that the family is misleading fans with regard to her due date have been running rampant ever since the announcement.
Reports of Joy-Anna’s "shotgun wedding" have been circulating non-stop, and to be fair, there’s a good deal of evidence to support the theory.
The idea that Joy secretly became pregnant prior to marrying Austin Forsyth would obviously not go over well with her family. At all.
And the proof just keeps piling up.
Joy-Anna and Austin have admitted to breaking the "courtship rules" that her family holds dear, and that was before any of this.
Then, the soon-to-be newlyweds rather suspiciously moved their wedding date up by several months without any explanation.
Just last week, Joy further raised eyebrows when she commented on the news that Jinger Duggar is expecting her first child.
The 20-year-old remarked that Jinger would be giving birth just six months after her, which, as many fans pointed out, is some fuzzy math.
That doesn’t quite match up with the timeline offered by the Duggars themselves, and it doesn’t take an expert to see why.
The family claims Joy got pregnant at the start of her honeymoon, which began shortly after her wedding on May 26.
If that were true, the Counting On star’s due date would be sometime at the end of February or the beginning of March.
Earlier this week, Joy and Austin made an online baby shower registry, in which they revealed that her due date is February 22, 2018.
The revelation has Duggar fans split.
Some claim it’s evidence that Joy got pregnant before her due date, and others claim it reveals the exact opposite.
How does that work, you ask?
How could putting an actual date out there in public for the first time lead to two diametrically opposed conclusions?
While it’s true that Joy-Anna’s "official" due date is less than nine months after her wedding, it certainly isn’t by much.
The news thus puts to rest the rumor that Joy got pregnant in March, thus prompting the rescheduling of her nuptials.
Certain skeptics are nonplussed, however.
They point out that even if Joy got pregnant on her wedding night, her due date would likely be later than February 22.
Purely from a numerical standpoint, it’s 37 weeks from her wedding night, which does lend itself to some scrutiny.
A typical pregnancy is 40 weeks, though that date is typically calculated from the date of the woman’s previous period.
In any case, the matter is far from resolved, and as te aforementioned date nears, a resolution won’t necessarily be easy to come by.
If she gives birth around the time she says she’s due, it probably won’t be completely settled even after she welcomes her baby.
If Joy delivers before her due date, though?
In that scenario, the nay-sayers will insist it’s solid evidence that she had been lying about her conception date all along.
Duggar loyalists will point out that every pregnancy is different, and that babies arrive well ahead of schedule every day.
Who’s right, and who’s wrong here?
Possibly both, possibly neither. At least based on what she’s saying, assuming that’s true, it’s hard to conclusively know.
In fact, we may never know for sure. Ever.
Either way, though, it’s one more controversy – and a pretty big one, at that – for a family that’s known little else in recent years.
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UPDATE: Joy-Anna has delivered a bouncing baby boy!
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