Last Friday, Mark Zuckerberg announced (on Facebook of course) that he and his wife Priscilla Chan are expecting a baby girl. In the emotional and public post, the CEO also disclosed that Chan had three miscarriages while the couple was trying to conceive.
Miscarriage is a “lonely experience,” Zuckerberg said, because most people don’t talk about it. But speaking with friends who had lost pregnancies and went on to have healthy babies restored the couple’s hope. “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,” he explained.
Nearly 1.7 million likes and more than 117,000 shares later, it’s clear that the couple’s post has raised awareness of miscarriage, and has encouraged others to speak out, too.
Read on to find out more about what we know—and don’t—about this little discussed topic.
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