Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced Friday that they’re expecting a baby girl. But alongside the happy news, Zuckerberg revealed that the couple had suffered three previous miscarriages.
Though miscarriages are incredibly common — they occur in about 15% of known pregnancies — they’re often an isolating experience for hopeful parents struggling to have children.
In the deeply personal message he shared with his 25 million followers, Zuckerberg spoke of his own loneliness following the miscarriages.
“Most people don’t discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you — as if you’re defective or did something to cause this,” wrote Zuckerberg. “So you struggle on your own.”
Zuckerberg wrote candidly about the couple’s struggle over the past few years and said he wanted to write about their experience to make way for others to feel more comfortable sharing their own stories.
Messages of congratulations and support from both men and women immediately poured in, with many sharing their own miscarriage stories and expressing their feelings of not being able to talk about the experience.
Miscarriage is the most common type of pregnancy loss, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and is often both emotionally and physically difficult. Chemical pregnancies may account for as many as 50% to 75% of all miscarriages. This occurs when a pregnancy is lost shortly after implantation, resulting in bleeding that occurs around the time of a woman’s period.
Despite the fact that so many pregnancies end in miscarriage, it is rarely a topic of conversation, leaving many couples to navigate the loss alone. Like many fertility issues, it is still considered taboo. Read more…