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Expectant Mom Slammed for Announcing Real Pregnancy on April Fools. Now She’s Talking About a Past Miscarriage

Expectant Mom Slammed for Announcing Real Pregnancy on April Fools. Now She’s Talking About a Past Miscarriage

On April 1, social media influencer and editor of Memorandum.com, Mary Orton, announced that she and her husband, Rich, were expecting their first child together.

Despite the fact that it was April Fools Day, the announcement was far from a joke as she reassured her followers that their announcement was very, very real.

However, some of her followers were quick to judge, and as she revealed on Instagram, she has since received a slew of “angry” messages.

She explained:

Yesterday was a special day for us, finally sharing the happy news that we’re expecting a little one in August. However, not everything is “picture-perfect.” We often don’t share the low points in the journey that precede the “insta-worthy” peaks. So here’s one of mine:

Yesterday morning, I posted a video in which Rich and I pretend to be announcing a work project before I stand up and show a visible baby bump. I also shared a blog post on memorandum.com with details on our happy news. Finally, later in the day, I posted a photo where the growing bump is even more visible, thanking everyone for their well-wishes.

Unfortunately, some people only saw the last photo posted, and mistakenly assumed that it was an April Fool’s joke. Since then, I’ve received hundreds of angry DMs from people who felt our “April Fool’s joke” was offensive and insensitive to women facing infertility and miscarriage. Justin Bieber posted an April Fool’s joke faking a pregnancy yesterday and some thought we were doing the same.

Orton went on to explain that her pregnancy is very real. She also revealed some of the messages she received from people who assumed otherwise:

To be clear, however, we weren’t joking. I am pregnant. The only joke was in the initial video, pretending like we were announcing a work project, when in fact we were announcing a pregnancy.

In the flood of nasty DMs that I’ve received since, one message read, “Your pregnancy joke is disgusting. I hope you have a miscarriage someday so you know the pain that women suffer.” There were many others like it.

The fashion blogger then announced the miscarriage she endured just before this current pregnancy.

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Yesterday was a special day for us, finally sharing the happy news that we’re expecting a little one in August. However, not everything is “picture-perfect.” We often don’t share the low points in the journey that precede the “insta-worthy” peaks. So here’s one of mine: Yesterday morning, I posted a video in which Rich and I pretend to be announcing a work project before I stand up and show a visible baby bump. I also shared a blog post on memorandum.com with details on our happy news. Finally, later in the day, I posted a photo where the growing bump is even more visible, thanking everyone for their well-wishes. Unfortunately, some people only saw the last photo posted, and mistakenly assumed that it was an April Fool’s joke. Since then, I’ve received hundreds of angry DMs from people who felt our “April Fool’s joke” was offensive and insensitive to women facing infertility and miscarriage. Justin Bieber posted an April Fool’s joke faking a pregnancy yesterday and some thought we were doing the same. To be clear, however, we weren’t joking. I am pregnant. The only joke was in the initial video, pretending like we were announcing a work project, when in fact we were announcing a pregnancy. In the flood of nasty DMs that I’ve received since, one message read, “Your pregnancy joke is disgusting. I hope you have a miscarriage someday so you know the pain that women suffer.” There were many others like it. To those who sent these messages, your wish has already come true. I suffered a miscarriage before this pregnancy which is why we waited until I was 20 weeks pregnant to announce. In September, I was over 12 weeks pregnant with twins when I lost both babies, so I very much know the pain. More on this to come because we need to remove the stigma of miscarriage. I’d simply like to remind everyone to be kind and to never “compare your behind-the-scenes to someone else’s highlight reel.” You never know what someone else has gone through. Most importantly, I’m sending all my love to those who have experienced soul-crushing disappointment and loss on the road to having children. You’re stronger than you think, and much brighter days lie ahead.

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She continued:

To those who sent these messages, your wish has already come true. I suffered a miscarriage before this pregnancy which is why we waited until I was 20 weeks pregnant to announce. In September, I was over 12 weeks pregnant with twins when I lost both babies, so I very much know the pain. More on this to come because we need to remove the stigma of miscarriage.

Orton later wrote a few words of encouragement to those who have dealt with loss and miscarriage as well.

I’d simply like to remind everyone to be kind and to never “compare your behind-the-scenes to someone else’s highlight reel.” You never know what someone else has gone through.

She added, “Most importantly, I’m sending all my love to those who have experienced soul-crushing disappointment and loss on the road to having children. You’re stronger than you think, and much brighter days lie ahead.”

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  • All the public “announcements” are ridiculous. Just live life, no need to make every frigging thing a spectacle.

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