Pregnancy Pranking Has Officially Gone Too Far

5700736622_e4cae39b51We’ve all seen it done before — April Fool’s Day comes around and at least one person in your Facebook feed announces that they are pregnant. Some people catch on early in the game, while others are busy wishing the couple congratulations. It’s a harmless prank that usually doesn’t upset anyone and most likely generates a few good laughs.

That’s about as far as a pregnancy prank should go, as far as I’m concerned. I don’t really understand why faking a pregnancy is fun or funny, but apparently I am the minority in that group. Pregnancy pranking has become so much of “a thing” that there are now websites dedicated to selling pregnancy pranking gear, just so that you can take the joke to a whole other level.

We’ve seen positive pregnancy tests being sold on sites like eBay or Craigslist, but the website lets you continue on with your “fake” pregnancy with fake ultrasounds, fake pregnant bellies, fake pregnancy medications… and even personalized fake proof-of-pregnancy documents. The website claims that all of these are to be used for humor purposes only and makes you agree to their terms of service which claims that you can’t use their items for anything illegal.

While I’m sure the majority of the people using the site don’t have plans for anything illegal (I could be very naive about that though), I don’t think something as joyous and delicate as a pregnancy should ever be taken this far. You can joke and tell your friends and family that you are pregnant, but actually spending money on items to play a prank on them just goes way too far. There are plenty of other ways to make your family and friends laugh — and this just isn’t one of them. It’s deceiving, malicious, and not funny at all.

What are your thoughts on the pregnancy pranking items? 

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