Ever since Jessa Duggar wed Ben Seewald in November, “19 Kids and Counting” fans have been counting down the days until the couple confirms they're expecting. While there has yet to be an official announcement from the 22-year-old TLC star or the Duggar family, her recent decision to alter an Instagram post about motherhood has some viewers wondering if she is hiding a pregnancy.
On Christmas Day, Jessa shared a touching tribute to her pregnant sister Jill Duggar, 23, on Instagram, calling her a “amazing example,” but according to a report from the Ashley’s Reality Roundup, her initial post shared a sentiment about motherhood that was promptly deleted. “So thankful for this sweet girl Jill, you’re such an amazing example to me of what it means to be a loving wife—and now a mother also! I love you so much!! So blessed to call you my sister,” a screenshot of her original post reads.
According to the Instagram account Free Jinger, which obtained the screenshot, Jessa edited the photo's caption after receiving several inquiries from fans about whether she is expecting. While a similar post still exists on Jessa’s Instagam page, the “and now a mother also” snippet is nowhere to be seen.
So thankful for this sweet girl! Jill, you're such an amazing example to me of what it means to be a… http://t.co/b30rFI10k0
â€” Jessa Seewald (@JessaSeewald) December 25, 2014
Despite ignoring the pregnancy-related questions, Jessa’s recent online activity also hasn't helped quiet the baby rumors. On Sunday, Radar Online reported that the “19 Kids and Counting” star might be expecting and dealing with pregnancy cravings due to her sudden habit of posting about food on Instagram. “I had to have a bite of Ben’s Spicy Deluxe w/Pepper Jack,” Jessa captioned a video of Ben, 19, showing off a Chick-fil-A sandwich Saturday. “Add a little Texas Peter and *WOW!* Your taste buds will be in heaven!” she wrote.
Jessa’s decision to post only months-old images and share photos from the waist up have also caused the pregnancy speculation to heat up. Following the release of the Duggar family’s 2014 Christmas album, Star Magazine reported that one of the photos featuring Ben and Jessa may also include a secret baby bump. “In the photo, the reality star leans against her husband while lying on the couch and mysteriously covers up her midsection with a pillow,” reports the tabloid. “That, coupled with the fact that she’s glowing … has led fans to question if Jessa and Ben are expecting.”
Jessa previously shared her desire to have a family with Ben in an interview with People Magazine in April. “We both want to have a big family,” she said. “We are talking about our goals and the future with family. We have both talked about adoption and want to adopt, too.”
After over one year of courting, Jessa and Ben wed at the First Baptist Church of Bentonville, Arkansas, Nov. 1. The newlyweds honeymooned in Paris. TLC’s cameras were reportedly on hand to capture the couple’s honeymoon, which is said to be featured on Season 9 of “19 Kids and Counting.” The new season, which will also include Ben and Jessa’s wedding episode, will premiere on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015.