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Can stress cause a miscarriage?

Can stress cause a miscarriage?

Probably not: It is common to assume that mental stress can cause a miscarriage, but there is no evidence to support that. Women who do miscarry are inherently stressed, but that does not cause the miscarriage. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Can a lot of stress and fighting cause a miscarriage ?

Can a lot of stress and fighting cause a miscarriage ?

Stress shouldn't: Fighting can if u have been physically hit or abused ( hopefully not), but if u still are fighting u should both go for counseling before it gets worse. ...Read more

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Can stress due to personal issues cause a miscarriage?

Can stress due to personal issues cause a miscarriage?

Unlikely: Most miscarriages occur due to abnormal genetics in the pregnancy. Stress plays a role in reproduction. But some stress is positive. Stress must be very severe to cause a miscarriage. ...Read more

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Can stress hurt my baby? I have been stressing a lot lately. Could it cause a miscarriage or hurt my baby? How does it affect the baby? Help

Can stress hurt my baby? I have been stressing a lot lately. Could it cause a miscarriage or hurt my baby? How does it affect the baby? Help

Effects are limited: Stress can affect your heart rate, hormone levels, metabolism, sleep, and immune system as well as many other health functions. It can affect your pregnancy too. It is however, unlikely to cause a miscarriage or immediate harm to your baby. See your doctor or therapist for ways to reduce or control your stress. ...Read more

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Can a woman's stress and anxiety cause a miscarriage of a otherwise normal baby?

Can a woman's stress and anxiety cause a miscarriage of a otherwise normal baby?

Not likely, but...: Pregnancy can be stressful to some women, but more commonly has a calming affect on women, anxiety reducing, relaxation increasing. Also, will not likely change the development/normality of the in-utero fetus. Premature labor or adverse symptoms experienced--and certainly alcohol, many drugs--by the mother can affect the baby. Discuss with ob, join a pregnant women's group, relaxation exercises. ...Read more

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What are some things that can cause miscarriages besides stress?

What are some things that can cause miscarriages besides stress?

Many things possible: Any woman may have a miscarriage, as a normal part of life. If a woman has recurrent miscarriages, there are some known causes (other than bad luck) such as genetic disorders (like a chromosomal abnormality), autoimmune causes (like anti-phospholipid syndrome), anatomic causes (such as a malformed uterus), and environmental causes (like smoking). ...Read more

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What is the cause of Missed Miscarriage, my baby stopped growing at 8w3d? I blame myself and i am stressed because i think something is wrong with me

What is the cause of Missed Miscarriage, my baby stopped growing at 8w3d? I blame myself and i am stressed because i think something is wrong with me

Nothing wrong: There is nothing wrong with your body. Only 1 out of 4 conceptions, when a sperm meets an egg, results in a successful pregnancy. When a pregnancy stops developing, most of the times it is chromosomal abnormalities so severe that Mother Nature aborts the development. ...Read more

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Is it true that stress, fright, and other emotional distress could cause a miscarriage?

Posible but unlikely: While extreme and severe physical and mental stress may contribute to pregnancy loss, the more common day-to-day stress is unlikely to result in pregnancy loss. ...Read more

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Dr. Gerard Honore
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Pregnancy Loss (Definition)

A miscarriage is the spontaneous loss of a fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy. (Pregnancy losses after the 20th week are called preterm deliveries.) A miscarriage may also be called a "spontaneous abortion." This refers to naturally occurring events, not medical ...Read more


Dr. Seth Derman
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Miscarriage (Definition)

Miscarriage is a "lay" term for early pregnancy loss usually prior to the second trimester. Physician's use the term "spontaneous abortion" to describe these events, but the word "abortion" in lay use has come to connote only an elective interrupted ...Read more