Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Stress and Miscarriage Correlation

Because of yesterday's post, a lot of women are asking me about the correlation between stress and miscarriage. Below are links with more information. I am sure there are more and you can always search for the individual studies.

To the women who are concerned about miscarrying: There is some evidence that progesterone can help counteract the effects of stress on the pregnancy. You can try progesterone cream or get progesterone from your OB. I would do everything I could to minimize cortisol levels. I would also research and use herbs that help prevent cortisol levels from rising. 

To the mothers who have miscarried: I know how it feels to lose a child to miscarriage. I have lost four. I wish I could hug each of you and cry with you. My sincerest condolences for your losses.  "According to miscarriage statistics, many women lose their pregnancy due to stressful life situations. A lot of research studies have been conducted to find out the correlation between stress and miscarriages. If you are thinking whether can stress cause a miscarriage in early pregnancy or otherwise, then the answer is yes." "We can clearly say that stress has a major impact on pregnancy maintenance," says team leader Petra Arck of Charité, an institute of the University of Berlin. "According to a team of researchers in the U.S., women who exhibit signs of stress are three times more likely to miscarry during the first three weeks of the pregnancy."  Cortisol levels and very early pregnancy loss in humans Women with increased cortisol levels during the first three weeks after conception were 2.7 times (95% confidence interval, 1.2-6.2) more likely to experience a miscarriage (p=0.03).

May God bless you with beautiful, healthy children!