You see it on April Fools’ Day. There’ll be someone on Facebook who posts a status update about being pregnant, or who shows a photo of a positive pregnancy test. Hilarious, right? Well… perhaps not if you’ve lost a baby. Or if you desperately want to get pregnant, but can’t.
For these women, it can be incredibly hurtful to go through the emotions that come up when they find out a friend is pregnant, then realise that it’s just a prank. With April Fools’ Day almost here, memes are being shared, asking people to be sensitive about it.
This week marks the start of Never Forgotten: Mamamia’s Pregnancy Loss Awareness Week.
One meme that has been shared more than 26,000 times was created by an American doula, Heather Dumas. It shows a positive pregnancy test, along with the words, “This is not a joke. On April 1st, please keep those struggling with infertility or pregnancy loss in your thoughts before posting.”