The Facebook CEO announced Friday morning that he and wife Priscilla Chan are expecting a daughter. This will be the first child for the couple, who met at Harvard University and wed in 2012.
"In our ultrasound, she even gave me a thumbs up "like" with her hand, so I'm already convinced she takes after me," Zuckerberg wrote in a public post on Facebook.
He also used the announcement as an opportunity to discuss the couple's challenges conceiving, revealing that they have had three miscarriages in the last couple years. "You feel so hopeful when you learn you're going to have a child," he wrote. "You start imagining who they'll become and dreaming of hopes for their future. You start making plans, and then they're gone. It's a lonely experience."
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Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan expecting a daughter
Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc., walks with his wife Priscilla Chan while arriving for a morning session during the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, U.S., on Thursday, July 11, 2013. Executives from media, finance and politics mingle at the mountain resort between presentations on business trends and social issues, brought together by New York investment banker Herb Allen. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
FILE - In this July 9, 2011, file photo, Mark Zuckerberg, president and CEO of Facebook, walks with Priscilla Chan during the 2011 Allen and Co. Sun Valley Conference, in Sun Valley, Idaho. Zuckerberg and his wife, Chan, were the most generous American philanthropists in 2013, The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, with a donation of 18 million Facebook shares, valued at more than $970 million, given to a Silicon Valley nonprofit in December. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
Das undatierte Handoutfoto zeigt den Facebook-Gruender Mark Zuckerberg und Priscilla Chan bei ihrer Hochzeitsfeier in Palo Alto (USA). Mark Zuckerberg verbringt seine Flitterwochen in Rom. Der 28-Jaehrige und seine frisch angetraute Ehefrau Priscilla Chan (27) seien nach ihrer Hochzeit in Kalifornien nach Italien gereist, berichtete die Onlineausgabe der US-Zeitschrift "Us Weekly". (zu dapd-Text)
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File - In this April 30, 2014 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gestures while delivering the keynote address at the f8 Facebook Developer Conference in San Francisco. Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $120 million over the next five years to the San Francisco Bay Areaâs public school system. The gift is the biggest allocation to date of the more than $1 billion in Facebook stock the couple pledged last year to the nonprofit Silicon Valley Community Foundation. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, file)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - JULY 01: Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are seen out in Manhattan on July 01, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
This picture taken on December 25, 2011 shows Facebook's founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg (2nd L) and his girlfriend Priscilla Chan (2nd R) during their private trip to Ha Long Bay in the northeastern province of Quuang Ninh. The young billionaire and his girlfriend who are the target of local media reportedly arrived to Hanoi on December 22, 2011. They are on December 26, 2011 visiting the northern mountainous tourist site of Sapa, according to local media saying the couple received a two-week long Vietnamese tourist visa. AFP PHOTO /Gia Dinh Xa Hoi Newspaper (Photo credit should read Gia Dinh Xa Hoi/AFP/Getty Images)
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He said that the couple found it helpful to talk to friends about their miscarriages and often discovered that others had experienced similar losses. "In today's open and connected world, discussing these issues doesn't distance us; it brings us together," he said. "It creates understanding and tolerance, and it gives us hope."
Chan and the baby are both healthy and Zuckerberg said he's excited to meet his daughter: "We've already been so fortunate for the opportunity to touch people's lives around the world -; Cilla as a doctor and educator, and me through this community and philanthropy. Now we'll focused on making the world a better place for our child and the next generation."