Can Stress Cause Miscarriage?

Can Stress Cause Miscarriage?

Fact or Myth?

Stress causes miscarriage. This statement has long been a cause of controversy. Stress has been suspected to be a possible cause of miscarriage for a very long time, but there is no medical proof to back up these claims. It is all speculation.  Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

There have been several studies done in which a correlation can be seen between a higher risk of miscarriage, and women who have experienced extreme emotional or physical distress either before conceiving or during the very early months of pregnancy, but researchers have had a hard time pinpointing exactly WHAT that connection actually is.

Possible Culprit

Some doctors think that the key factor might be cortisol, the hormone that leaves us feeling stressed. Some experts think that in pregnant women who are extremely stressed, the high levels of cortisol can possibly cross over the placenta and interfere with a developing baby.

There have been recent studies that have followed pregnant women living both in and outside of war-torn areas of Israel. The studies show that the women who were inside of the war-ridden areas, and always under extreme stress and fear, were up to 59 percent more likely to miscarry than the other women, living in the same town, but outside of the “active war zone”.

Economic Stress A Factor?

Yet another study has been done in Romania, a country severely affected by an economic downturn, where wages have been cut by as much as 25%. This study shows that boys were almost 5 percent LESS common than the year before, when things in the country were much better.

This correlates with previous evidence that it is harder for boy babies to survive pregnancies ridden with trauma than it is with girl babies. Even more disturbing? Nine months after the wage cuts were made, the number of live births in the country fell below 15,000 for the first time in 55 years, suggesting that the economic downturn could be responsible for miscarriages.

Or Just A Bunch Of Hoopla?

Some experts on the other side of the spectrum say that there is really no connection between stress and miscarriage at all. Some experts say that the stress itself is no more likely to cause miscarriage, but high levels of stress make a woman more likely to use things like drugs, alcohol, cigarettes,etc, as a way to “cope” with the stress, and this can lead to miscarriage.

As it stands right now, there is no conclusive evidence that stress and miscarriage are connected, but there are suspicions that there could be connections that we don’t yet fully understand. No doubt about it, there will continue to be many studies done on this subject in the future.

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Lindsey Zaldivar
Lindsey Zaldivar | ConceiveEasy
Lindsey lives in Roselle, Illinois with her husband and son Harry. In between keeping up with a busy toddler, she enjoys blogging about parenting, cooking, crafting at The Accidental Wallflower.