Face­book’s Zucker­berg and wife are ex­pect­ing a daugh­ter

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL - BY BRAN­DON BAI­LEY

Face­book CEO Mark Zucker­berg and his pe­di­a­tri­cian wife, Priscilla Chan, are ex­pect­ing a baby.

The co-founder of the world’s largest so­cial net­work used a Face­book post Fri­day to an­nounce that Chan is preg­nant with a healthy baby daugh­ter. He didn’t say when the baby is due.

Zucker­berg, 31, also said the cou­ple had suf­fered three mis­car­riages over the last two years. He ac­knowl­edged in his post that many peo­ple are re­luc­tant to speak pub­licly about mis­car­riages. But he said he and Chan, 30, de­cided to share the in­for­ma­tion af­ter hear­ing from friends who had sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ences and ul­ti­mately were able to have chil­dren.

“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,” Zucker­berg wrote. “It’s a lonely ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The so­cial media mogul added, “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.”

He said the cou­ple, who mar­ried in 2012, hopes to en­cour­age other par­ents who may be strug­gling with dif­fi­cult preg­nan­cies.

“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 said.

Zucker­berg also said: “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.”

So will they be post­ing baby pic­tures? Zucker­berg didn’t make any prom­ises, but he wrote: “We’re look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing her into the world and shar­ing more soon when she’s ready to come out and meet ev­ery­one!”

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