A woman raises eyebrows after claiming that a gust of wind got her pregnant

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
A case of cryptic pregnancy? (Aditya Saxena/Unsplash)
A case of cryptic pregnancy? (Aditya Saxena/Unsplash)

An Indonesian woman has gone viral after claiming that a gust of wind was responsible for her hour-long pregnancy. 

"After afternoon prayers, I was lying face down on the floor when I suddenly felt wind enter my body," the 25-year-old Siti Zainah told Indonesian media, adding that minutes later, her belly grew. 

According to Zainah, the incident occurred just before giving birth to her baby girl. 

'The birth was normal' 

Indonesian health workers who examined Zainah said, "After checks, the mother and the baby are healthy, and the birth was normal" and that the pregnancy was most likely a cryptic or stealth pregnancy

Zainah had also been separated from her husband just months prior, and authorities suspect him to be the father. 

While rare, stealth pregnancies do occur in about "1 in 475 pregnancies at 20 weeks to 1 in 2500 pregnancies when active labour begins".

The phenomenon seems to be a regular occurrence in Indonesia, however, where having children outside of marriage is frowned upon. Up until 2012, it was common practice for children to be registered as illegitimate on their birth certificate in the country. 

In 2020, a woman told a similar story, claiming that she had been pregnant for one hour before giving birth, while another woman said she had been a virgin before her three-hour pregnancy and birth. 

Indonesian police are currently investigating Zainah's story. 

Sources: Coconuts Jarkata and DNA India

Let us know what you think about this bizarre story. 


Share your stories and questions with us via email at chatback@parent24.com. Anonymous contributions are welcome.

Don't miss a story!

For a weekly wrap of our latest parenting news and advice sign up to our free Friday Parent24 newsletter.

Follow us, and chat, on Facebook and Twitter.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24