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Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan post baby girl news on Facebook

Published 31/07/2015

Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, is to become a father
Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, is to become a father

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

The co-founder of the world's largest social network used a Facebook post to announce that Ms Chan is pregnant with a healthy baby daughter. He did not say when the baby is due.

Zuckerberg also said the couple had suffered three miscarriages over the last two years.

He acknowledged in his post that many people are reluctant to talk about miscarriages but said he and Chan, who is a doctor, decided to share the information after hearing from friends who had similar experiences and ultimately were able to have children.

He said the couple hope to encourage other parents who may be struggling with difficult pregnancies.

"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, 31, 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."

"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 did not 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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