Transcript for Mark Zuckerberg and Wife Reveal Pregnancy Struggles in Emotional Post
Time now for the "Heat index" and this morning's hot button. Facebook founder mark Zuckerberg announcing that he and wife Dr. Priscilla CHAN are expecting their first child in a very revealing post sharing with the world that they suffered through three miscarriages. There's been a huge social response including many "Gma" viewers sharing their own stories and ABC's Deborah Roberts has the story. Reporter: It's a Facebook post that has struck an emotional nerve all around the world. Facebook founder mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla opening up about their emotional struggle to have a baby. Zuckerberg announcing the exciting news, we're expecting a baby girl. But also detailing the heartbreak leading up to it saying "We've been trying to have a child for a couple of years and have had three miscarriages along the way. Most people don't discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you, so you struggle on your own." In fact, an estimated 10% to 25% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. I know that pain having miscarried just before the birth of my first child. Momma. Reporter: Jessica Zucker, a mom of two can relate, as well. At 16 weeks' pregnant, I miscarried. It went from horror to almost more horror to fear of losing my life and just then I lost this life, this daughter that I will never know. Reporter: As a clinical sigh school gist specializing in women's pro-productive health her work prepared her for her personal struggle. Talking about pregnancy lost is incredibly important with regard to not feeling alone. Not feeling isolated. It's important to know that you can reach out to people at any time. Reporter: Which may explain why the words of one of the world's most famous CEOs are resonating across the globe. Adding about his expected new baby, in our ultrasound she even gave me a thumbs up like with her sand so I'm already convinced she takes after me. Such good news for Zuckerberg and CHAN who must be in the second trimester because he says they're far enough along to feel confident the risk of miscarriage is low. So many of us applauding them for spreeing out. I have to admit, folks that I don't even talk to friends -- I have many friends and family members who probably never knew I suffered a miscarriage because there is so much pain and a certain amount of stigma. People are uncomfortable and you become uncomfortable and don't share. When you hear someone else has gone through it too you feel connected and it feels better. Opening up makes a big difference for so many people because it happens to so many women. Thank you for do that. We have Dr. Jen Ashton with us. Talk a little about how isolating it is and why it's something people keep to themself sfwhs well, I think the reason that has struck such a chord, it's relatable. This is the pregnancy news that people don't want to talk about and the emotions that are experienced really run the gamut from shame, blame, guilt, fear, anger and that affects the husband and spouse as much as it does the woman. I think that's why it's really resonating. Compounded by the fact the cause is often a mystery? We say that by far and away the most common cause of miscarriage is unexplained but then there's a whole litany of other causes that include chromosomal or genetic factors. There's anatomic factors or presence of a septum or maybe a fibroid in the uterus. Hormonal issues like thyroid dysfunction or diabetes and autoimmune function so this is a long list but when it's happening to you don't want to hear this is common. How common are recurring miscarriages of the variety we've seen with the zuckerbergs. Single miscarriages happen to 15% of women but recurrent ones are much different and used to be three losses for 20 week, now that definition has changed. It's now characterized as two losses before 20 weeks and important to realize this is not the run-of-the-mill infertility. Not saying it's better or worse. It's different medically and emotionally so it's so important for women who have had two losses, see a specialist in reproductive endocrinology. 60% of those who suffered two or more losses will eventually have a healthy pregnancy. Looks like they are. Yeah. Exactly. All right. Dr. Ashton, thank you. You will be taking questions. I'm sure there are many on Twitter throughout the morning so tweet her @dryashton. I the "Heat index" to kids
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