Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting—and not surprisingly, he shared his impending dad-to-be status on Facebook!
Zuckerberg made the baby announcement earlier today in a lengthy post, writing: "Priscilla and I have some exciting news: we're expecting a baby girl!"
But he went beyond the basic news (and gender reveal) too, opening up about some private, painful details of their journey toward parenthood:
We want to share one experience to start. We've been trying to have a child for a couple of years and have had three miscarriages along the way.
You feel so hopeful when you learn you're going to have a child. 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.
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.
When we started talking to our friends, we realized how frequently this happened -- that many people we knew had similar issues and that nearly all had healthy children after all.
We hope that sharing our experience will give more people the same hope we felt and will help more people feel comfortable sharing their stories as well.
Of course, Zuckerberg isn't the only celeb to open up about the struggle to conceive and the sadness of miscarriage. Model mama Jaime King also went public with her miscarriage and IVF experiences before having her first son, James.
It's sad when anyone who wants to conceive a child struggles to do so—and sadder still when the joy of a positive pregnancy test turns to sorrow when that pregnancy is lost. I feel so thankful and blessed that I never experienced a miscarriage, but I have many friends who did. It's good to know that there are people out there spreading the word that no one needs to feel alone if it happens to them, and that there is hope—something Zuckerberg and Chan are holding on to.
"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," he continued in his post, adding, "We're looking forward to welcoming her into the world and sharing more soon when she's ready to come out and meet everyone!"
Congratulations! Image: Facebook/Mark Zuckerberg