Joking About Pregnancy On April Fools’ Day Isn’t Funny, So Let’s Not Do That This Year
Every year, as April Fools’ Day draws near, we have to brace ourselves for the onslaught of bad jokes and pranks. I genuinely hate this stupid day, and try to avoid any and all social media for 24-hours before and after. I like a good joke, I do! But this “holiday” has gotten so out of hand in recent years, and the “jokes” get more elaborate and meaner.
For some reason, people think it’s funny to joke about being pregnant on the prank day. Is your Facebook feed picture after picture of positive pregnancy tests? Because mine is! Those “jokes” generally don’t bother me, I do not wish to be pregnant ever again. But for a lot of people, especially those who’ve suffered through infertility or pregnancy loss, they are incredibly hurtful. One mom’s viral post is making the rounds again, urging people not to joke about being pregnant on April Fools’ Day.
April Fools’ Day is the worst for a lot of reason, but none more so than for the cruelty of pregnancy “jokes” on people who can’t get pregnant, or have suffered a pregnancy loss. Last year, Kayla Lee Welch went viral for her impassioned plea to skip the “I’m pregnant!” jokes.
“This is why your April fools joke isn’t funny. This is why it’s not funny to lie and joke about being pregnant.” Kayla shared pictures of her crying face with all of the positive pregnancy tests and hCG tests she’d gone through as she miscarried her pregnancy. She said she started spotting about a week before her post, and had hoped it was fine. She spotted with her previous pregnancy, and all was well. But this time was different, and she lost the baby.
Every time a person struggling with infertility or pregnancy loss she’s a joke about being pregnant, it’s like a knife to the heart all over again. If April Fools’ Day is your thing, have at it. But, for the sake of moms and dads everywhere who may be feeling the pain of loss or dreams unfulfilled, please: skip the “I’m pregnant!” jokes. They’re just not funny.
(Image: Facebook/Kayla Lee Welch)