FACEBOOK founder Mark Zuckerberg and his physician wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting a baby.
The co-founder of the world’s largest social network used a Facebook post on Friday to announce that Chan is pregnant with a healthy baby daughter.
He didn’t say when the baby is due.
Zuckerberg also revealed that the couple had suffered three miscarriages over the last two years.
Zuckerberg acknowledged in his post that many people are reluctant to talk about miscarriages.
“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,” he said. “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 realised how frequently this happened — that many people we knew had similar issues and that nearly all had healthy children after all,” he said. “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.”
Zuckerberg said he is certain that the girl takes after him because the ultrasound showed the baby giving a thumbs up “like” with her hand, similar to the familiar Facebook icon.
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