There may be something in the water in Duggarland, as fans of the ex-reality TV family speculate that up to five women may be secretly expecting.
This weekend, Jill, 30, announced that she and her husband, Derick Dillard, 32, are excitedly expecting baby number three, just months after they revealed they’d suffered a miscarriage.
But while Jill and 23-year-old Jedidah’s new bride, Katey, are the only women in the family to have confirmed pregnancies, fans are convinced they’re not the only ones — and given the Duggars’ propensity for procreating, the speculation may not be off the mark.
Citing photos and videos posted on social media, Duggar-watchers think they’ve spotted Joy Anna, Joe’s wife Kendra, Josiah’s wife Lauren, and Jessa all sporting baby bumps in recent months.
A Duggar baby boom may not be far off, as speculation grows that several Duggars – including Joy Anna, pictured – are pregnant
The latest speculation came after mother-of-two Joy Anna, 24, shared footage of a family trip to Los Angeles on YouTube on March 3
She’s wearing dark pants and a light color shirt, over which she has layered a black jacket – but viewers think they can spot a hint of a baby bump
The latest speculation came after mother-of-two Joy Anna, 24, shared footage of a family trip to Los Angeles on YouTube on March 3.
Most of the shots of Joy Anna are close up on her face, but at about halfway through, she offers a full-length shot of herself holding her son, Gideon, by the hand.
She’s wearing dark pants and a light color shirt, over which she has layered a black jacket — but viewers think they can spot a hint of a baby bump.
‘At 8:06 does joy look a little pregnant. Is there something they’re not telling us?’ wrote one.
Meanwhile, Duggar followers on Reddit are also guessing she’s pregnant, noting that the timing makes sense based on typical Duggar family planning.
‘You know… normally i would think its just taco bell but then i remember..its the duggars,’ wrote one.
Evelyn, Joy Anna’s second child with husband Austin Forsyth, was born in August 2020, a year and a half ago. Their son, Gideon, was born a year and a half earlier, in February 2018
Notably, Joy Anna hasn’t shared a full-length photo on Instagram since New Year’s, and then she was holding her daughter, Evelyn, in front of her.
Evelyn, Joy Anna’s second child with husband Austin Forsyth, was born in August 2020, a year and a half ago. Their son, Gideon, was born a year and a half earlier, in February 2018.
Also this week, Jessa, 29 posted a photo with her four children — Spurgeon, Henry, Ivy, and Fern — as part of a giveaway.
Though Jessa is sitting in the photo, a few people on the Duggar Snark subreddit — who call themselves ‘snarkers’ — thought they could spot a bump
‘Is it just me or does she look like she pregnant with #5? Girl’s poor vagina doesn’t get a break,’ wrote one.
‘Yes. I didn’t want to speculate for sure it, but it was my initial thought,’ replied another, while a third wrote: ‘Yeah she looks like she got a bump going on.’
Jessa and husband Ben Seewald’s youngest, Fern, was born in July 2021, a little over two years after daughter Ivy in May 2019.
This photo Jessa posted this week has also prompted speculation, with social media users zeroing in on her stomach
Jessa shares six-year-old Spurgeon, five-year-old Henry, two-year-old Ivy, and seven-month old Fern with her husband. Ben Seewald
Son Henry was born two years before that in February 2017, while oldest son Spurgeon was born 15 months earlier in November 2015.
Meanwhile, in January, fans began speculating that Kendra, 23, could already be pregnant with baby number four.
Around New Year’s, oldest Duggar sister Jana shared Instagram video of the family’s holiday celebrations, and viewers got a couple quick glimpses of Kendra in the background, appearing to have a noticeably rounder stomach.
Then this week, social media photos of Kendra posing with Joe and Joe’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, also seemed to hint at a pregnancy.
In the snaps, Kendra wore a blue and white striped dress — an extra modesty panel added near her collarbones — that appeared to show a growing bump.
Social media photos of Kendra posing with Joe and Joe’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, seem to hint at a pregnancy
In the snaps, Kendra wore a blue and white striped dress – an extra modesty panel added near her collarbones – that appeared to show a growing bump
Just 10 months after marrying Joe in September 2017, her first son, Garrett, was born in June 2018. He was followed 17 months later by Addison in November 2019
Kendra and Joe’s youngest child, Brooklyn, was born in February 2021
A consensus was reached on the Duggar Snark subreddit, where commenters — who call themselves ‘snarkers’ — insisted Kendra must be expecting because she is never not pregnant for long.
Just 10 months after marrying Joe in September 2017, her first son, Garrett, was born in June 2018. He was followed 17 months later by Addison in November 2019, who was in turn followed 15 months later by Brooklyn in February 2021.
Some Redditors also noted that Kendra’s dress looks exactly like a particularly maternity dress available on Amazon.
Also sparking pregnancy rumors is Lauren, 22, who shares a two-year-old daughter with her husband, Josiah.
Jedidiah and his wife Katey announced that they were expecting their first child in September, in January they posted a gender reveal video — in which Lauren made a brief appearance.
For just a few seconds after the couple reveals they’re having a boy, Lauren could be seen in the bottom right corner of the screen, seeming to be visibly pregnant.
Josiah’s wife, Lauren, briefly popped up in a YouTube video in January – and viewers are convinced that they spotted a baby bump
Lauren and Josiah have a two-year-old daughter named Bella
‘Totally looks like a bump,’ wrote one Redditor.
‘Pretty dramatic change compared to photos of her from a couple months ago, so definitely could be,’ wrote a second.
‘Definitely. Women in the cult aren’t allowed to gain weight,’ said a third.
So far, though, speculation about Joy Anna, Jessa, Kendra, and Lauren being pregnant is just that — speculation. None of them have confirmed pregnancies on any of their social media pages.
The only confirmed pregnancies are Jill and Katey, the latter due this spring.
Jed and Katey made fast work of starting a family, having only tied the knot in April 2021.
There are currently only two confirmed pregnancies, including Jed’s wife Katey
The couple announced their news in September, just months after getting married, and are due this spring
And Jill has just announced that she is expecting her third child, due July 2022.
‘We’ve been keeping a little secret!’ they wrote on their website.
‘Ever since we were devastated last fall by the miscarriage of our sweet baby, River Bliss, we have prayed that, if it was God’s will, he would bless us with another baby.
‘We are excited to announce that God has answered our prayers and we are expecting our rainbow baby due July 2022!
‘We are so thankful for a healthy baby and pregnancy so far and we look forward to finding out the gender soon!’ they wrote.
In October, the couple revealed that Jill had suffered a miscarriage, though they appear to have conceived again shortly after.
Jill and Derick have been open about using birth control, a unique admission by Duggar standards — though Jill has stressed they they don’t use any hormonal birth control because they falsely believe in can cause abortion.
Jill has just announced that she is expecting her third child, due July 2022, with her husband, Derick Dillard
‘We’ve been keeping a little secret!’ they wrote on their website
The couple has practiced more family planning than many of Jill’s siblings, with oldest son Israel already six years old and younger son Samuel age four.
But several of Jill’s sisters and sister-in-law have had babies in quick succession, believing that family planning should be left up to God.
That is what her parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, always preached. The couple had initially used hormonal birth control after welcoming their first child, Josh, and Michelle miscarried while taking it.
They saw the miscarriage as a sign from God and gave up birth control thereafter.