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Pregnancy is a cause for great celebrations, joy and hope. However, some mummies may experience a high level of stress and anxiety during this period. Especially when you’re pregnant in Asia. As we know, Asians have a long list of superstitious beliefs. Superstitious beliefs aside, there are a long list of fears that comes along with pregnancy. The good thing here is that you’re not the only one facing these fears in the dark. Here are some common fears that pregnant Asian women face and what you can do to overcome these fears.
The top 4 common fears faced by Asian women are: a baby being born with a birth defect, miscarriage, labour pains and a baby being tangled in the umbilical cord. With scary documentaries and tv shows being readily available these days, it’s only common for mums-to-be to overthink and be paranoid over matters that have less than a 10% chance of occurring to them. However, we are here to ensure you that following the proper diet plans and pregnancy rules, all this will remain matters of the mind. If you feel these thoughts consuming you and affecting your daily routine, it is advisable to visit your doctor and explain your worries to him/her. Not only will it give you an ease of mind but it will help you in having a smooth pregnancy as well.
Apart from the top 4 common fears above, we would also like to touch on the topic that most mum-to-be fear. Which is your partner being unfaithful. As your body go through vast changes along with your hormones, it is only natural to not feel sexual or sexually desired. If these thoughts are consuming you too much, it is advisable to have a chat with your partner. Not only will it lift a heavy load off your shoulders but it will definitely make the relationship you share with your partner even closer than before. This is a perfectly common fear to feel and over 80% of the time such thoughts are due to the hormonal changes that you’re currently going through. On a separate note, it is always great to take up more couple activities during this time to create a stronger bond with your partner. This crucial period requires a lot of communication and assurance and trust us, more often than not, a couple overcomes this obstacle by having a stronger bond than before.
Money!! In this day and age, money seems to be the root of all worries and it’s perfectly normal. Following the high cost of living in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and various parts of Asia, the cost of nappies, dummies, prams, high chairs, toys, milk and food can be very expensive. Which is why keeping a separate account for your child is very important. You may think you’re the only one facing these woes but you’re not. It’s ok to face this woe as you are doing everything you can now to provide your child with everything they need.
Congratulations on your pregnancy! Well, there’s a clear reason as to why you are here and we understand. We really do. Where there is joy, there’s bound to be woes. For first time mummies, you will ultimately be put in the spot by one-to-many mummies around you bombarding you with countless amounts of ‘pregnancy tips’. Whilst, we are not saying everyone around you is wrong, bear in mind that every pregnant body is different. For, when one mummy doesn’t have to go through the dreading morning sickness, another would have gone through weeks of it. See what we mean, here? For many women, the first-trimester is deemed to be the hardest. Especially when you’ve not gone through it before. Worry not, for we are here to help you get through this.
Morning Sickness – as mentioned above, some may have it, some may not. In any case, morning sickness has been an early indicator of a pregnancy as it is. However, unlike its name, morning sickness can strike at any time. And we all know how much of a hassle it is to bring along a barf bag wherever you are heading to. Another thing is a pregnant woman will automatically find themselves being super-alert to certain smells (good and bad). This is very common and there are many ways to soothe your morning sickness from constantly occurring. For example, you can try nibbling on dry crackers or sweets that contain plums. Stay hydrated and most importantly try to keep your stomach slightly full. These tiny tips will indefinitely help you in keeping the nausea at bay.
Tender Breasts – this is one of the first few indicators of pregnancy and it can be surprisingly painful. Breast tenderness can also be alarming for some women. However, there are definitely ways to curb it. You can opt to wear softer bras or an old bra that’s been stretched out. If you are looking to purchase a new set of bra, keep an eye out for maternity friendly bras or simply get the cotton ones. They might be more soothing and they will definitely help you feel better.
Fatigue – seemingly a common occurrence to many whilst being pregnant, fatigue may be of a huge problem when you are working full time or already have young children to manage. The recommended solution for fatigue is definitely to get ample rest. Ensure that you’re getting 8 hours of rest a day else slotting in naps within the day. It may not help to rid the lethargy but we can try.
Bleeding – while this typically doesn’t occur to every pregnant woman, it still is scary. A lot of women experience a little bleeding during their pregnancy and as it is a common factor, it usually doesn’t affect the pregnancy. Do note, however, the difference between spotting and a heavy flow of bleeding. If you feel like something is amiss, drop a visit to your nearest Gynecology and find out what’s bothering you.
We wish you all the best in your pregnancy journey!