April Fool's Day is perfect for pranking friends and loved ones, but before you pull that fake pregnancy prank, take a second to read this.

First and foremost, let me put this out there—YES, as a nation we are more politically correct than ever, but what I'm about to talk about is an issue that many couples face; and it's really not a laughing matter.

The April Fool's Day prank of "announcing" a pregnancy is basic as hell a common one, but an image (above) that is circulating on social media asks people to be considerate of those who struggle with fertility or pregnancy loss.

According to the CDC, "1 in 8 couples (or 12% of married women) have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy" so the chances of someone being hurt by your prank are probably higher than you think.

  • Number of women ages 15-44 with impaired fecundity (impaired ability to get pregnant or carry a baby to term): 6.7 million
  • Percent of women ages 15-44 with impaired fecundity: 10.9%
  • Number of married women ages 15-44 that are infertile (unable to get pregnant after at least 12 consecutive months of unprotected sex with husband): 1.5 million
  • Percent of married women ages 15-44 that are infertile: 6.0%
  • Number of women ages 15-44 who have ever used infertility services: 7.4 million

By all means, I'm not lecturing you—and honestly you are free to do whatever you want with your social media page, but being considerate doesn't take much energy, and I think everyone would agree that there are WAY better pranks out there.

Believe me when I say your Facebook friends—both fertile and infertile—won't mind one less lame pregnancy prank in their timeline.

Trust me on that one and have a Happy April Fool's Day!


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