I brace myself for it every year — the pregnancy April Fools joke.
The older I get, the less I see of these in my personal circles on social media (which I am appreciative of!). However, people all over the internet still find a fake pregnancy announcement hilarious.
This post isn’t long because there isn’t much to say except: April Fools Day shouldn’t be a time to pull a fake “I’m pregnant!” scare.
1 in 8 couples (some studies suggest 1 in 6) are pooling together their savings, enduring invasive doctors’ visits, injecting themselves with painful shots, and pleading with God for a miracle. Other couples have been able to announce “We’re pregnant!” easily, yet suffer the tragic loss of their baby weeks or months later. Every pregnancy announcement is a reminder of what they still do not have.
Listen, I know people don’t generally do this with the intent to hurt other people, and I’m certainly not an oversensitive person. But joking about this can cause sadness, anger, and pain for those struggling with infertility and loss. It ultimately trivializes something so personal, intimate, and treasured for many.
So if April Fools is your thing, there are still plenty of other jokes you can try out without hurting someone in your circle. Mayo-filled donuts? Caramel onions instead of caramel apples? Saran wrapped car? You get the idea!