April Fools Day is a popular day for people to prank their family and friends and concluding by saying "April Fools". A prank that is very controversial is the "I'm Pregnant; April Fools" prank. I'll be honest and say that I have done the "I'm Pregnant" prank before but it was the "We are expecting Santa in (blank) weeks on Facebook. I haven't done it in a few years as I know the prank is hurtful to others who are sadly unable to conceive.
I have been affected by a miscarriage before. It was not me personally but my mom. I'm not sure about my mom but my dad does not like April Fools Day because she had the miscarriage on April 1st. I also have friends who sadly have had miscarriages, having trouble conceiving, and those who are unable to conceive. I have placed myself in their shoes as I really want to have my own children one day and I can't tell the future.
Some sad statistics about miscarriages (Miscarriage, 2017):
- Among women who know they are pregnant, about 10 to 15 out of 100 pregnancies (10 to 15 percent) end in miscarriage.
- Most miscarriages happen in the first trimester (13 weeks) of pregnancy.
- Second-trimester miscarriage happens in just 1 to 5 out of 100 pregnancies (1 to 5 percent) between 13 and 19 weeks.
Some sad statistics about stillbirths (Facts about Stillbirth, 2017) :
- Stillbirth affects about 1% of all pregnancies, and each year about 24,000 babies are stillborn in the United State
I was not aware that there were three different types of stillbirths:
- An early stillbirth is a fetal death occurring between 20 and 27 completed weeks of pregnancy.
- A late stillbirth occurs between 28 and 36 completed pregnancy weeks.
- A term stillbirth occurs between 37 or more completed pregnancy weeks..
Facts about Stillbirth. (2017). Retrieved March 31, 2017, from https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/stillbirth/facts.html
Miscarriage. (2017). Retrieved March 31, 2017, from http://www.marchofdimes.org/complications/miscarriage.aspx