What worries South African moms?
A new study reveals that first-time pregnant moms are more stressed than other moms.
What’s worrying you? The results of the Philips Mother and Childcare report, released yesterday, show that the majority of South African moms feel stressed.

More than half of South African mothers (66 percent) consider themselves to be stressed on some level, says the report. The most common reasons for stress is the economy (74 percent) with healthcare costs being another key stressor (68 percent of mothers). Other key causes of stress include having enough money to pay the bills, but also crime and worry about the health and well-being of a parent.

It was first time pregnant moms who reported the most stress, with only 29% reporting themselves as ‘not stressed at all’. Those same pregnant women, however, were more likely to be getting enough sleep (77%), compared to the moms who already had one or more children. When asked why they don’t sleep, over a third of the moms said worries kept them awake, compared to 26% whose sleep was disturbed by their children waking up.

Where moms seek help

The Mother and Childcare survey also examined South African mothers’ satisfaction with their healthcare facilities. South African mothers are mostly satisfied with family planning services and general practitioners, which may be why they seek these resources when they need advice about pregnancy and child healthcare. South African mothers also turn to their own mothers for advice. They do not rely on pediatricians or specialty doctors.

Television, books and friends who have children are other commonly used resources.

During pregnancy, most mothers in South Africa seek prenatal screenings such as regular sonograms and glucose tests (75 percent and 81 percent respectively). However, only 51 percent seek out birthing classes, childcare classes (49 percent) and only slightly over half (54 percent) take breastfeeding classes.

About the survey

The total sample for the Mother and Childcare findings comprised of 250 women aged 18-40 years, who are pregnant or have at least one or more children aged zero to 5 years old (or both). Among this sample of women, a greater emphasis was placed on middle-higher income households than corresponds to the national profile of South Africa.

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