Pregnancy is a cause for great celebration, joy and hope. But at the same time, some mums-to-be can experience high levels of stress and anxiety during this period. Here are some common fears that pregnant Asian women face and what you can to do to overcome these fears.
Pregnancy can be both joyous and scary. The good thing is that you are not alone in your secret pregnancy fears.
According to a 2015 survey of 130 pregnant Asian mums conducted by theAsianparent.com, the top 4 secret pregnancy fears amongst mums in Singapore and Malaysia were:
1) My baby will have some type of a birth defect – 48%
Secret pregnancy fear: “My biggest fear was that my baby would have a birth defect. I read this article on the Daily Mail about a baby who was born with no brain and for the rest of my pregnancy I was like ‘I’m definitely going to have a baby like that.”
2) Miscarriage – 13%
Secret pregnancy fear: “I was worried that I would miscarry or have a still birth. The worry would keep me up late at night because at the end of the day, there was nothing I could do past eating healthy and resting to keep my baby safe.”
3) Labour and delivery will be painful – 11%
Secret pregnancy fear: “In my first pregnancy I was extremely scared that I would not be able to tolerate labour pains. I am generally scared of needles and I had heard that labour felt like your bones are being crushed.”
4) My baby will get tangled in the cord – 10.4%
Secret pregnancy fear: “I am 18-weeks pregnant and my biggest worry is the umbilical cord getting wrapped around baby. And I worry it will happen with each of my toss and turns as I sleep.”
Read on to find out what are some of the other secret pregnancy fears and worries that Asian mums have.