Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan announced today that they're expecting a baby girl after years of infertility, including three miscarriages.
In a post to Facebook, Zuckerberg said he was sharing their own story of struggling to get and stay pregnant as a way to help others going through the same thing not feel so alone. According to the CDC, about 12% of women have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term, and 7.5% of reproductive-age men of reproductive-age men report having seen a doctor for infertility. So while the experience can feel devastating and isolating, it is not at all uncommon.
"You feel so hopeful when you learn you're going to have a child," Zuckerberg wrote. "You start imagining who they'll become and dreaming of hopes for their future. You start making plans, and then they're gone. It's a lonely experience. 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. So you struggle on your own."
The tech entrepreneur explained that he was writing about their struggle because, "in today's open and connected world, discussing these issues doesn't distance us; it brings us together. It creates understanding and tolerance, and it gives us hope."
"Our good news is that our pregnancy is now far enough along that the risk of loss is very low and we are very hopeful," Zuckerberg wrote.
Their baby girl even gave him a thumbs up on a recent sonogram! Read his beautiful posting on their journey to parenthood. And get ready for a whole new set of baby pictures to flood your newsfeed. Congrats Mark and Priscilla!