Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are going to be first time parents to a sweet baby girl! Read Mark’s announcement which included his honest revelation about how the couple struggled through three miscarriages — before this happy pregnancy.
Facebook’s own founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, 31, is expecting his first child with wife Priscilla Chan, 30, who is a pediatrician. He announced the amazing news July 31 on none other than Facebook. How exciting!
Mark took to his Facebook page to share a very emotional message to his 33.3 million followers about the pregnancy. He and his wife of three years have been struggling to get pregnant since their wedding in 2012, and sadly suffered three miscarriages along the way. At the beginning of his long, thoughtful post, he revealed they are expecting a baby girl. He then went into great detail about their long journey to get there.
“This will be a new chapter in our lives. We’ve already been so fortunate for the opportunity to touch people’s lives around the world — Cilla as a doctor and educator, and me through this community and philanthropy. Now we’ll focus on making the world a better place for our child and the next generation. 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. 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.
Cilla and our child are both healthy, I’m extremely excited to meet her and our dog Beast has no idea what’s coming. In our ultrasound, she even gave me a thumbs up “like” with her hand, so I’m already convinced she takes after me. We’re looking forward to welcoming her into the world and sharing more soon when she’s ready to come out and meet everyone!”
Congrats to the happy couple, we hope it continues to be a smooth pregnancy!
HollywoodLifers — leave your well wishes for the family below!
— Brittany King