Can Stress Cause a Miscarriage?

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Curejoy Expert Gina Hodge Explains:

So far, scientists have not found solid evidence or a relation between stress and miscarriage. However, Danish study, which was conducted in 2008 with more than 19,000 pregnant women, found that those with a high level of psychological stress had 80 percent greater risk of stillbirth than women who had intermediate level of stress during pregnancy.

Moreover, other researchers have also found that high stress levels can result in premature birth and low birth weight, and even lead to allergies and asthma later in life.

One of the most impressive revelations was made when scientists from Tufts University identified a chain reaction detailing how stress hormones and other chemicals adversely affect both the uterus and foetus.

They found that during stress, the brain releases several hormones, including corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH). Since, this hormone was found in the bloodstream of prematurely or low-birth-weight babies, researchers believe that this could be the main linking factor between stress and miscarriage.

Here are some of the things that can relieve you from stress and thereby put you out of the risk of miscarriage.

First of all, you can share any worries that might be stressing you with your partner. Thus, talking with the ones who care is highly prescribed.

Secondly, if work is causing you a lot of physical or mental stress, try to take break or go out for a happy vacation and spend time in a way that will make you happy and relaxed.

You can also talk to a counsellor or an expert on relieving stress. Or, you can ask your doctor to refer you to a consultant at your local hospital, who will talk through your anxieties and work with you to develop strategies to address them.

Although, stress is not solely said to be a major factor alone that can lead to miscarriage, it can be considered as a minor factor. Thus, it is better for you and your child to be healthy and stress-free during pregnancy.