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Pregnancy and Miscarriage on Social Media

Updated: Oct 14, 2020

New Metaphors to Make Miscarriages Easier to Talk About, and Easier to Bear

For someone who has been trying for a pregnancy, it is naturally tempting to want to share the exciting and potentially life-changing news of a positive home pregnancy test. Common wisdom has been to keep it secret, though, until the end of the first trimester, once miscarriage is less likely. After all, if you’ve taken the test when your period is a week late, you still have a 20% chance of losing the pregnancy.

But when sharing the news early in pregnancy is taboo, women and their partners are forced to suffer losses in silence. And their friends not only miss out on the chance to comfort them, they also do not have the opportunity to learn that miscarriages are a common part of childbearing for normal, healthy women....

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