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.
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