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Can being stressed out cause uterine cramping in pregnancy, especially early pregnancy?

Can being stressed out cause uterine cramping in pregnancy, especially early pregnancy?

Pregnancy cramping: The main cause of pregnancy cramping early in pregnancy is the uterus "stretching" to accommodate fetal growth. Stress can cause indirect cramping as the uterus is not under direct control via the nerve pathways. However, if the body is undergoing an acute stress there can be some indirectly caused cramping. ...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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Do women typically get colds during early pregnancy? Also really stressed out and strange "period". Which is the more likely cause?

Do women typically get colds during early pregnancy? Also really stressed out and strange "period". Which is the more likely cause?

Check: If you've have unprotected sex and you think you are pregnant, please take the test. And if you are pregnant visit you OB/gyn and start Folic Acid that is if you are not already taking it.
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Headaches everyday. No other pregnancy symptoms though. Really stressed and I have an irregular cycle. All previous test I've taken are negative?

Headaches everyday. No other pregnancy symptoms though. Really stressed and I have an irregular cycle. All previous test I've taken are negative?

Neurologist: A neurologist is best qualified to investigate daily headaches. Muscle contraction, tension type headaches are a common cause of daily headaches. If these are your problems, perhaps your physician will refer you for stress management therapy. ...Read more

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I haven't had a period since Dec 2014, I've taken pregnancy tests & all said negative. Had pregnancy symptoms, also been stressed. What should I do?

I haven't had a period since Dec 2014, I've taken pregnancy tests & all said negative. Had pregnancy symptoms, also been stressed. What should I do?

See a doctor: Since you have missed more than two periods, it is time to consult your doctor for an evaluation. More history, physical examination and some tests may be needed and this is not an appropriate forum for the evaluation. ...Read more

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My cycle was to start feb15 im 3 days late. No im not stressed and have no pregnancy symptoms besides occasional cramping pregnant test neg.?

My cycle was to start feb15 im 3 days late. No im not stressed and have no pregnancy symptoms besides occasional cramping pregnant test neg.?

Pregnant: Most pregnancy tests become positive between 2 and 4 weeks after conception, about the time you miss a period, to a few weeks after. You may want to wait and see if your period starts late, and save your money. But if you are two weeks late or longer, it may be better to test for pregnancy. If not pregnant you may want to check with your physician why your periods have changed. ...Read more

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2 weeks late for period and no pregnancy symptoms, not really stressed and I'm 11 days away from getting my period next month?

2 weeks late for period and no pregnancy symptoms, not really stressed and I'm 11 days away from getting my period next month?

Late period: If you have not already then take a pregnancy test. If it is negative recheck in a week. If you have your period next month as scheduled then you missed your period for another reason such as stress, illness, etc. If you still do not have a period a visit to your doctor is in order. ...Read more

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Three months late period, no pregnancy symptoms, horrible diet, stressed out a lot, is it possible to go 3 months with no period and not be pregnant?

Three months late period, no pregnancy symptoms, horrible diet, stressed out a lot, is it possible to go 3 months with no period and not be pregnant?

Irregular periods: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections & hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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I got my period & so stressed out its making me emotionally sick about pregnancy. Have no symptoms. No sex just head went inside. Can't do hpt. Help!

I got my period & so stressed out its making me emotionally sick about pregnancy. Have no symptoms. No sex just head went inside. Can't do hpt. Help!

Get Help locally: You need a pregnancy test. If you cannot afford one please call planned parenthood and get yourself seen. There is nothing we can do for you on the web. But, I can encourage you to stop being scared and get to a compassionate place that will answer all of your questions and concerns. ...Read more

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I missed my period but I've been really stressed out I have family problems going on and I don't have any sings of pregnancy did I miss it cause stres?

I missed my period but I've been really stressed out I have family problems going on and I don't have any sings of pregnancy did I miss it cause stres?

Take pregnancy test: Many things, including stress, can cause a late or missed period. However, the most common cause is still pregnancy, so definitely take a test to make sure you're not pregnant. If the test is negative, keep a calendar of your cycle for the next few months so that if your period continues to be irregular you can discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Could I be pregnant? I'm not stressed out, my period is just about always regular. I am 6 days late and took a pregnancy test that came up negative. Is it just too soon for a home pregnancy test to detect it? I'm have some pregnancy symptoms. I plan on ta

Could I be pregnant? I'm not stressed out, my period is just about always regular. I am 6 days late and took a pregnancy test that came up negative. Is it just too soon for a home pregnancy test to detect it? I'm have some pregnancy symptoms. I plan on ta

Neg hpt: Reasons for missed/late periods: low body weight, obesity, marked weight ^ or v, over-exercise, endurance athletics, breast-feeding, ^ stress, illness, eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), anovulatory cycle (no egg released), travel, hormone irregularities, drug use, meds (i.e., birth control) or medical problems (i.e. PCOS). #1 reason is pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can stressful situations during the second trimester of pregnancy cause uterine cramping? It seems when I'm really stressed, I get cramps.

Can stressful situations during the second trimester of pregnancy cause uterine cramping? It seems when I'm really stressed, I get cramps.

Uterine cramping: There is no question that stress can cause uterine cramps. Try techniques to reduce stress such as relaxation therapy, sel-hypnosis or image therapy. ...Read more

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I had protected sex. My period is a week late. I have irregular periods and I have been stressed lately. I had no pregnancy symptoms. Am I pregnant?

I had protected sex. My period is a week late. I have irregular periods and I have been stressed lately. I had no pregnancy symptoms. Am I pregnant?

Take a test: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections & hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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My period is late 10 days today I have a very very dry vagina I have all period like symptoms eg back ache headaches cramps food cravings I took a pregnancy test on day 8 and it came out negative I hope im not pregnant and im very very stressed out becaus

My period is late 10 days today I have a very very dry vagina I have all period like symptoms eg back ache headaches cramps food cravings I took a pregnancy test on day 8 and it came out negative I hope im not pregnant and im very very stressed out becaus

Listen to your body.: But don't stress so much worrying about whether you're pregnant that you make your period be late and have back aches and headaches. Remember, our bodies don't get graded on how well they answer test questions, and some bodies have to be asked a test question 2 or 3 times before they answer it "right". If answer still isn't "right" f/u with your pmd. ...Read more

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Could my moms stress during her pregngancy have caused me any problems?

Could my moms stress during her pregngancy have caused me any problems?

Maybe: "stress" usually refers to our response anytime we have to handle more than we're used to handling. . . . So pregnancy itself would qualify. Our responses are both conscious and unconscious, with accompanying physiological effects & markers. Your note indicates you're 43 years old -- what problems are you seeking explanation for? What is your life focus now? Be well. ...Read more

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My Wife has Uterus didelphys and has been Having signs and symptoms of Pregnecy and her last two periods have been very light and short stress or?

My Wife has Uterus didelphys and has been Having signs and symptoms of Pregnecy and her last two periods have been very light and short stress or?

Perhaps: Uterus didelphys is a double uterus. The uteri may have a single cervix or 2 separate cervix. A pregnancy may proceed normally or there may increase risk of miscarriage or preterm labor. If she develops any cramping or pain she should be evaluated immediately. ...Read more

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How big of an impact can stress and anxiety have on fertility? I have a 3y/o, but have recently had 3chemical pregnancies in a row w/ massive anxiety

How big of an impact can stress and anxiety have on fertility? I have a 3y/o, but have recently had 3chemical pregnancies in a row w/ massive anxiety

Stress & fertility: Stress can dysregulate your menstrual cycle due to hypothalamic-pituitary influence on ovarian function. Ovulation can become inconsistent, which disturbs your fertility. If having "massive anxiety, " it's time to get help with this. A psychologist might be able to help you without adding medications that could be problematic during pregnancy. There are some relatively safe ones if need be. ...Read more

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more