Jessa Duggar, 22, has been rumored to be pregnant since tying the knot with Ben Seewald, 19, in November. Despite the claims she is with child, the “19 Kids and Counting” star has yet to announce a pregnancy. However, recent actions taken by Jessa, Ben and the rest of the Duggar brood have us wondering: Is Jessa pregnant and just keeping it a secret? Below are five signs we think may indicate another Duggar baby is just on the horizon.
1. Her family has yet to respond to the rumors, but they don’t usually keep quiet.
While the Duggars don’t respond to every rumor spread about their family, they’re typically quick to shoot down any incorrect reports when it comes to courtships and pregnancies. In spite of all the speculation that Jessa and Ben are expecting, neither Jessa’s siblings nor her parents Michelle Duggar and Jim Bob Duggar -- who are known to make statements on their official Facebook fan page -- have said a word about her supposed pregnancy.
2. She was coy when recently asked whether she was expecting.
Jessa has graciously replied to any and all inquiries about her plans for a family since revealing her engagement to Ben in August 2014. During a radio interview this month, however, she gave a shockingly coy answer when questioned whether she had any “big news” to share.
“We’re looking forward to starting a family, but we don’t have any news to share yet,” Jessa told Memphis FM 100. After being pressed further to confirm or deny the pregnancy rumors, she just laughed, adding, “We’re looking forward to kids.”
3. She has made it known she is not preventing pregnancy.
In an interview with IslandPacket.com March 4, Jessa admitted she is not taking any precautions that would prevent pregnancy.
“We are open to having children biologically whenever God will give us children,” Jessa replied when asked if she and Ben had any goals they wanted to achieve before starting a family. “We’re not doing anything to prevent that,” she added.
4. She wants kids, and lots of them!
While Jessa has frequently stated she and Ben are “praying” and planning to adopt children, they have also revealed they want a big family. While it is unknown whether the newlyweds plan to create an impressive brood like the one spawned by her parent, they most likely will not stop at one baby.
“We see a need in our community, and we would like to start there,” Jessa said of the couple’s plans to adopt both locally and internationally during a recent appearance in Nashville, Tennessee. “We want to adopt a lot of kids.”
5. A suspicious photograph has surfaced.
Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald made this curious pose during a recent photo shoot. Is she pregnant? pic.twitter.com/6X53tTMcIS
â€” Closed Set (@ClosedSetMovies) March 26, 2015
What reason would Jessa and Ben have to take a photo like the one above unless they were expecting their first baby? An image taken during a photo shoot with People magazine that features the TLC personalities has created quite the buzz while circulating via social media in recent days. The image shows Ben standing behind Jessa and the couple using their hands to create a heart shape over her stomach. Although some fans are adamant this is proof Jessa is with child, it is worth noting the photo was taken in February.
Catch up with Jessa, Ben and the rest of the Duggars on “19 Kids and Counting” on TLC Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EDT. Next week’s episode will feature the couple’s wedding. Check out a sneak preview of the highly anticipated installment here.