Pregnancy and new parents survey

A survey conducted by Asda and Mumsnet, comparing the preconceptions of pregnant women with those who have given birth to their first child, has revealed 26% of women were surprised at how well they felt postpartum. 

The survey also revealed that 77% find coping with a lack of sleep the hardest part of caring for a baby, and the three best things about caring for their new baby are cuddles (74%), seeing them learn new skills (68%) and watching them grow up (46%).

See the full survey results below



Please tell us whether you are pregnant with your first child or a new parent with a child up to 2 years.

Answer options Response percent
Pregnant with first child 34%
First-time parent with a child up to 2 years 66%


Pregnant with first child: Please tell us three things you're most looking forward to about caring for a baby.

Answer options Response percent
Watching them grow up 55%
Cuddles 54%
Just having a baby/young child in your life 45%
Watching them learn new skills 37%
Creating a stronger bond between you and your partner 26%
Introducing them to the rest of the family 25%
Getting used to our family 25%
First smile 22%
Maternity leave 16%
First words 10%
Feeding 9%
First steps 8%
Making new friends at baby groups 7%
Other 2%


Pregnant with first child: Please tell us three things you're least looking forward to about caring for a baby.

Answer optionsResponse percent
Sleepless nights
77%
Loss of income when on maternity leave41%
Crying baby30%
Losing my independence/spontaneity22%
Possible effect of having a baby on your career21%
Concerns about health postnatally20%
Concerns about mental health postnatally19%
Day to day managing/juggling18%
Creating distance between you and your partner17%
Changing nappies15%
Less time with your partner15%
The impact on my social life/hobbies5%
Feeding4%
Other2%


Pregnant with first child: Would you say you're worried about anything to do with the birth?

Answer options Response percent
Yes 79%
No 20%


Pregnant with first child: What are you worried about? Please choose all that apply.

Answer Options
Response Percent
Complications80%
The baby's health69%
Tearing68%
Pain54%
Your health41%
Not knowing what to expect32%
The length of time it will take to give birth30%
Not being able to do it physically30%
Loss of modesty19%
Not getting to the hospital in time10%
Your partner's reaction to the birth8%
Partner not being present for the birth5%
Other (please specify)5%


Pregnant with first child: How much do you expect to spend on preparing for and looking after your baby, from before birth to baby being aged 6 months old? Include all big items such as cot, pram etc as well as items such as toys, clothing. Exclude any lost income.

Answer options Response Percent
Under £100 0%
£101-£200 1%
£201-£500 3%
£501-£1,000 12%
£1,001-£1,500 15%
£1,501-£2,000 18%
£2,001-£3,000 18%
£3,001-£4,000 13%
£4,001-£5,000 9%
£5,001-£6,000
6%
£6,001-£7,000
2%
£7,001-£8,000
1%
£8,001-£9,000
1%
£9,001-£10,000
0%
£10,000+ 1%

Pregnant with first child: To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements:

Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
Writing a birth plan will enable me to have the birth I want 6% 35% 26% 24% 10%
You shouldn't have a home birth with your first child 16% 23% 32% 18% 11%
Eating a hot curry will induce labour 0% 7% 46% 27% 18%
I will fall in love with my baby the moment I set eyes on them 26% 35% 28% 10% 1%
Having a baby has not changed my life too much 1% 6% 6% 34% 53%


First time parent: Please tell us three of the best things about caring for your baby.

Answer options Response Percent
Cuddles
74%

Watching them learn new skills

68%
Watching them grow up 46%
Just having a baby/young child in your life 33%
First smile 28%
It creates a stronger bond between you and your partner
12%
Getting used to our new family 12%
Introducing them to the rest of the family 11%
Feeding 9%
First words
8%
First steps
6%
Maternity leave 5%
Making new friends at baby groups 4%
Other3%


First time parent: Please tell us three things you like least about caring for your baby.

Answer options Response percent
Sleepless nights
65%
Crying baby
40%
Losing my independence/spontaneity 34%
Loss of income when on maternity leave 29%
Day to day managing/juggling 26%
Less time with your partner 20%
Possible effect of having a baby on your career 16%
Concerns about mental health postnatally
16%
Creating distance between you and your partner 13%
Concerns about health postnatally 11%
The impact on my social life/hobbies
11%
Changing nappies 10%
Feeding 4%
Other 6%


First time parent: For you, what were the worst things - if anything - about giving birth? Please select all that apply.

Answer Options
Response Percent
Complications 38%
Pain 35%
Your baby's health was at risk 28%
Tearing23%
The length of time it took to give birth 22%
Your health was at risk 21%
You didn't know what to expect
15%
You were worried you couldn't do it physically 14%
You lost your modesty 8%
Your partner's reaction to the birth
2%
Your partner wasn't around for the birth
1%
You didn't get to the hospital in time 0%
Other (please specify) 14%


First time parent: How much do you think you spent/will spend on preparing for and looking after your baby, from before birth to baby being aged 6 months old. Include all big items such as cot, pram etc as well as items such as toys, clothing. Exclude any lost income.

Answer options Response Percent
Under £100 0%
£101-£200 1%
£201-£500 6%
£501-£1,000 13%
£1,001-£1,500 13%
£1,501-£2,000 18%
£2,001-£3,000 18%
£3,001-£4,000 12%
£4,001-£5,000 7%
£5,001-£6,000
4%
£6,001-£7,000
2%
£7,001-£8,000
1%
£8,001-£9,000
1%
£9,001-£10,000
1%
£10,000+ 1%


First time parent: To what extent to you agree or disagree with the following statements:

Strongly agreeSomewhat agreeNeither agree nor disagreeSomewhat disagreeStrongly disagree
Writing a birth plan enabled me to have the birth I wanted3%16%21%21%39%
You shouldn't have a home birth with your first child14%20%35%15%16%
Eating a hot curry will induce labour1%5%32%25%36%
I fell in love with my baby the moment I set eyes on them44%21%8%19%7%
Having a baby has not changed my life too much2%4%3%25%65%


First time parent: Please tell us how much you like/dislike the following baby chores.

Like a lot Like somewhat Neither like nor dislike Dislike somewhat Dislike a lot Skipped
Nappy changing 3% 12% 52% 27% 6% 0%
Sleep training 2% 6% 17% 24% 25% 27%
Weaning 26% 36% 10% 10% 3% 15%
Bathing 56% 34% 6% 3% 1% 0%
Washing clothes/feeding equipment 4% 14% 43% 27% 11% 1%



First time parent: What were you unprepared for after the birth of your first child (both positive and negative)? Please choose all that apply. 

Answer options Response percent
How tired you'd be 64%
Effect on own body 48%
How much time I would spend just staring in wonder at my baby 45%
Issues dealing with the birth 27%
How well you felt after giving birth 26%
Elation of having a new baby 23%
Joy of family members/friends when seeing baby 22%
Post natal depression 17%
How transportable babies are 16%
Other 7%

First time parent: Please tell us to what extent you agree/disagree with the following statements.

Strongly agreeSomewhat agreeNeither agree nor disagreeSomewhat disagreeStrongly disagree

Now that I'm a parent, I am more appreciative of what my own parent(s) did for me

54%33%7%3%2%

Becoming a parent has made me less selfish

45%36%12%5%1%

Becoming a parent has made me view the world differently

55%36%5%4%1%


Survey of 1014 Mumsnet users in June 2016. The data has not been weighted.


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