April Fools': Pregnancy is No Joke

I love a good joke just as much as the next person, and I enjoy a well-planned prank on April Fools' Day. With all the creativity you can muster, I encourage you to pull some really incredible tricks on your friends and neighbors tomorrow...  

Notice, "all the creativity you can muster," as in much more creativity than it takes to post a fake pregnancy announcement on social media. 

I would be lying to you if I said I never thought that was funny. Once upon a time I, like you maybe, was naive to the pain of infertility and pregnancy loss. It didn't occur to me that a fake pregnancy announcement could be a slap in the face to someone struggling to conceive. In fact, the first Christmas that Tyler and I were married we performed a satirical, newlywed version of The 12 Days of Christmas at a family party in which we joked that I was pregnant. Well, 7 years later, and the joke's on us. Lesson learned.

So, since I was once naive and unaware, I don't blame you! But since I know better now, it's my job to make sure you know better, too. 

Pregnancy announcements are hard enough as it is when you are enduring infertility. You want to be happy for others, but you are heartbroken over and over again that it isn't happening for you. Seeing a happy couple announce they are expecting can be absolutely gutting if you've just had another negative pregnancy test or miscarried. Imagine then if that announcement turned out to be just a joke; like making a complete mockery of your pain. It's absolutely not necessary.

So, don't do it. Just don't.  Okay? Okay.