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June 5, 2003 Stress has long been suspected as a possible cause of miscarriage, with several studies indicating an increased risk among women reporting high. While excessive stress isn’t good for your overall health, there’s no evidence that stress results in miscarriage. About 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage.

But the actual number is likely higher because many miscarriages occur before the pregnancy is recognized. The importance of managing stress during pregnancy. Some studies say that stress is correlated with miscarriages, but many health organizations say it isn’t.

While stress may not directly cause miscarriages, it can contribute to other conditions that may harm your baby. If you have high blood pressure during pregnancy due to stress, it can be harder for your baby to get enough oxygen and. The review also mentioned that healthcare providers tend to downplay the risk stress can cause in pregnancy, perhaps to reassure pregnant women and not cause more stress. Everyday stress does not cause miscarriage.

Studies have not found a link between miscarriage and the ordinary stresses and frustrations of modern life (like having a hard day at work or getting stuck in traffic). Likewise, being startled by a sudden loud noise does not cause a miscarriage. As noted by the Mayo Clinic, “there’s no evidence that stress results in miscarriage.” Miscarriages are typically caused by chromosomal abnormalities that prevent the fetus from fully developing.

The emotional state of women during pregnancy: the emotional state of women during pregnancy including being depressed or stressed is not linked to the increased risk of having a miscarriage. Having a fright or shock during pregnancy: if you suffer from a fright or shock during pregnancy, it may also not increase your risk of having a miscarriage. In fact, most experts agree that exercise during pregnancy, with your doctor’s approval, can lower miscarriage risk and make mom and baby healthier. That’s because exercise reduces stress, relieves. What causes stress during pregnancy?

The causes of stress are different for every woman, but here are some common causes during pregnancy: You may be dealing with the discomforts of pregnancy, like nausea, constipation, being tired or having a backache. Your hormones are changing, which can cause your mood to change. Pregnancy workouts come with a lot of benefits.

They lower stress, ease tense muscles, and build up endurance for labor, to name a few. But some expecting mothers still worry whether or not physical activity might put their baby at risk for miscarriage —especially during those first vital weeks.

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It’s hard to prove stress causes miscarriage because we all have some level of stress in our daily lives.

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Several factors can cause stress, including a previous unresolved emotional or physical trauma, a previous difficult birth experience, grief from a miscarriage or abortion, a stressful relationship (with your partner, caregiver, or relatives), and fears about your or your baby’s well-being.

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by Janet Walley, Penny Simkin, et. al.
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As we’ve discussed, stress— induced problems like these can also affect the well-being of your mind and soul and cause reproductive problems such as infertility, miscarriage, or early onset of labor during pregnancy.

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Acute stress during pregnancy can lead to all sorts of complications, including a miscarriage.”

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Because many women consider that small falls, injuries, or stress during the first trimester can precipitate miscarriage, patients should be reassured that they have done nothing to cause miscarriage.

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For example, women frequently worry that stress may have been a factor in the loss and need reassurance that there is little evidence that stress causes miscarriages,[56,57] and that babies have been conceived and born under the most horrific of circumstances (i.e., during World Wars and/or natural disasters).

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Stress can occur even in a developing fetus—a circumstance called prenatal stress.

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Physiological stress weakens the adrenals and kidneys, which can lead to mineral deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, and a host of other complications that can weaken your future baby.

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Pregnancy brings with it some unique stresses, but excessive stress from any source can affect the fetus because stress hormones cross through the placenta.

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High levels of stress may increase the risk of early miscarriage, although more work is needed to definitely establish this association.

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  • I am 14 weeks pregnant and I came upon this videos because I was searching for answers. If maybe I’m the one going crazy for feeling stressed like I was feeling guilty because my partner has a son who is a toddler still and he brings him around since he was small not often but the problem use to be that he would leave all the responsibilities on me when it was mostly his to watch him since he brings to spend time with hiM. Also I have a preteen and a little girl a year younger then his son. He doesn’t understand that having 2 small kids is hard mostly because my daughter is showing signs of adhd and it’s so hard to keep her calm she can’t control her temper or energy but I’m use to it she is mine baby. So we got in arguments before so he could be more involved and so ok he did now I’m pregnant and we planned it and I have been sooo sleepy I can’t help it�� but my son is older and such a good boy he helps me with his sister a lot. And he understands what going on he is so mature. Anyways my partner brought his son again and I have nothing against it at all, but I told him if he will have time for him fine because now I can’t give him the attention he deserves and it’s stressful becUse he is not mine and he has different attitudes plus he is toddler and they fight he hurts my daughter and it’s just too much. �� I don’t want to be mean but he is barely here for the boy because he works other times he don’t work a lot and I told him to bring him at those days so it’s not so much for me, but he gets mad at me and tells me that if I don’t like it that he prefers to be alone or that IM in a bad mood every day because of the boy and i am not mad. I’m sad that he is not thinking about me and he says things that makes me feel guilty for asking him to bring his son when he has his days off to help me ��. He don’t understand that he is hurting our relationship by not trying to make a good plan for us so that he can also be more time with him. �� I been so stressed and sad I even get headaches and I’m starting to even loose my appetite because I’m also feeling like now I’m a bad person. �� I just want to enjoy my pregnancy��

  • I am 17 weeks so fairly early and my entire pregnancy has been so hard I’ve been fighting off my depression and sometimes feel so alone during it all… theres been financial stressors. I had to quit my job, my relationship is rocky and I have almost no family. I LOVE being a mom with all of my heart so it makes me even more stressed that managing stress is so so hard for because all I want is to be supported and excited for the pregnancy.

  • My pregnancy was stressful for the entire 9 months. Believe me, there are strong correlations between stress and the wellbeing of the child. Just remember there is no reason to be stressed when something is out of your control.

  • You’re quite intelligent and straightforward, I can definetly tell you are well educated in human biology and physiology. Thank you for addressing these concerns in a factually and unbiased manner! It’s appreciated. Please create more content from your knowledge base.

  • For the past months my 1st and 2nd trimester werent that good. My live in partner and I argue a lot that it comes to an end of me being hurt physicaly. I have no body to count on he turned my parents away from me. What I only Pray to God everyday is the health of my unborn baby. Im in the beggining of my 3rd trimester and I wish no harm be unto my child.:(

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  • My boyfriend is emotionally abusive as well. I lost my baby at 7 months, I blame me and not him because he can be replaced but my daughter cannot. I am mad at me not being mad at him, his lack of support financially and emotionally. New job was stressing me too. Sorry Felicita ure mine and we belong together for all eternity

  • i lost my son in a stillbirth at 24 weeks and 6 days due to stress and arguments!! now pregnant 1 year later 7 weeks 1 day today and doing everything i can to stay stress free!!!! Amen

  • my poor baby….my husband left me….i am 24 weeks into the pregnancy….and i am always crying and always stressed thinking abt the future:(

  • I stressed through half of my pregnancy still stressed im 36 weeks now I’m barely trying to relax & just hope he comes out happy & healthy

  • I am happy that im pregnant my baby is gift from God,i thought the father of my child is good person but i was wrong i just found it recently that the only reason he is nice to me bcoz he is plotting of taking my baby after i give birth,after i found out about his plan i was really scared I couldn’t sleep thinking what might going to happen to me and my baby it really stress me out..i know that stress is going to affect badly to your baby…i try to stay strong and stress free while im still carrying my baby in my womb..im going to live happily for the sake of my baby������

  • Hi, I have a question. I am 1 month and 14 days pregnant. Tonight I had a big fight and stress with my husband. It was like I couldn’t breath. I am so sad because I do not know how bad it was for my baby, could you please let me know what can I do for it. I can not forgive myself

  • How do I know if I’ve already caused damage? I’m 8 weeks pregnant and had an argument with my boyfriend. I was screaming at the top of my lungs and kicking. The argument was so dumb. He made me feel bad for not spending July 4th with his family even though we are in the middle of a pandemic and I am considered high risk. I feel so terrible because I feel like I may have hurt my baby.

  • 28 week pregnant! I earn by myself and pay my medical bills. I run my parents family and my husband also take money from me every month.
    My In-laws says that my husband is an addict!
    Really don’t know what to do!!

  • Thank you for sharing this! It was very helpful and eye opening as I discover how to help my son and how to undo the damage. My son showed signs of fear and behavioral concerns from infancy. He came into this world afraid of everything. He rarely slept, always cried. I didn’t understand why he was so afraid, why he couldn’t relax. Always jumpy… but the more I am learning about stress the more I realize just how important your mental health is, especially while you are carrying your baby. He spent 8 months in a womb of a mother that was constantly stressed. My son is an example of what Dr. Mansoor says in this video. If you are stressed, please seek help from those around you and find ways to de-stress. Be kind to yourself so you can love your baby and give them the peace that they need to feel safe.

  • Am twenty weeks pregnant n my bf left me for another girl I cry so much n angry sometime I feel lik committing suicide because of anger

  • For the first time i have agreed that stress and depression is a bad thing during pregnancy,I have just lost my six months pregnancy due to stress and depression.from the time i learned that i was pregnant I grew fond of hubby, always wanted to be where he was to the extent of wanting to follow him at his working place.I tried but nothing, even when he’s saying the truth I felt like he was just lying.Am still in shock and scared of getting pregnant again because of what i went through.

  • i had a miscarriage at 26 weeks was going through a horrible relationship i would cry everyday and was under so much stress! they told me it was because of circulation it all makes sense now ��

  • My boyfriend is emotionally abusive as well. I lost my baby at 7 months, I blame me and not him because he can be replaced but my daughter cannot. I am mad at me not being mad at him, his lack of support financially and emotionally. Work stressed me too. Felicita ure mine and we belong together for all eternity

  • I was 5 weeks pregnant when my father was very sick and I visiting him every day at the hospital and than he passed away. My daughter was born healthy and happy she’s know five now. Also my gynaecologist said that my stress doesn’t effect the baby. I was surprised at that but in my cause it was true.

  • I am 7-8 weeks very early but me and my partner are having really big arguments everyday to the point we are screaming at eachother I keep crying to the point I can hardly breath I’m happy I watched this video now instead of more further into my pregnancy

  • Thanks for sharing! Sheesh! I need to be #happier these days! Easier said the done, but like you said, “#Fake it til you make it”!

  • Thank you a lot, this was straight forward and super helpful. It actually made me cry but it was to help me get to a BETTER place. ����

  • I’m pregnant now and definitely deal with a bit of stress. It seems from the comments most women do. I watched and spoke to many women who stressed and their babies might have been fussy in the beginning but they are exceptional toddlers and children with no defects or abnormalities. With respect to the doctor it is best to try not to but this is extreme and being pregnant has made me realize how little the medical world actual knows about pregnancy and how much is simply guessing. Pray and do your best all of your babies will be fine. Women have been stressed and pregnant since the beginning of time.

  • I’m not depressed but my husband is stupid, so my stress levels increase frequently. I’m praying about controlling my reactions to his stupidity so my baby is not negatively affected.

  • Hello doc, i crossed worse mental torture from my husband n his family. Now my son is 6 months old if im taking care of him well is it possible to make him healthy baby for upcoming years as he grows???

  • Faking happy works on the outside to fool ppl around u but when ur angry sad or stressed u can’t hide that feeling from ur body so that doesn’t make sense

  • To all the ladies going through depression and stress. I request you all be patient and take care of yourselves mentally, emotionally and physically. One thing I always understood is that men have no common sense nor sensitivity to understand a pregnant woman. If you ladies want your baby health and well-being, please JUST FOCUS ON YOURSELF AND YOUR BABY. Men will come and go, their priorities and feelings can standby compared to yours in your situation. Please don’t do anything drastic by hurting yourself. Earn your money, prepare and ponder about your baby. If your man helps, well and good. If he doesn’t help, it’s his great loss. But what you give to your child from the moment of conception until you deliver is the foundation of their lives. They not only contribute to your happiness but also to the society. We mothers are strong and God has given us the gift to endure pain emotionally, don’t waste it on your men. Channel it towards your baby and keep yourself happy. Exercise and meditate. Dream and plan for your child. If your man doesn’t help you in your pregnancy then he’s never helping after having child. Your fights and arguments impact your baby even after they r born.

    So please please please…. Don’t waste your tears and emotional wealth on man who doesn’t understand you. Just focus on yourself and your baby

  • Read lots of books about babies, and being a big brother. Talk about the baby to him… Try to involve with him with the baby as much as possible!

  • instead of yoga or exercising or whatever just sleeping all day count cause I like yoga I just don’t like to move specially with a big ass stomach

  • I have CPTSD which has been so much better just before I got pregnant compared to the last couple of years as I started therapy in April until just before I got pregnant after trying for many years. Im 7 weeks and my mom who I am no contact with still does pop into my head from time to time and the things she did but when I start feeling emotional I try really try and block them or work through them now rationally and see what happened for what it truly was. My mother’s borderline personality disorder. So I am calm most of the time but it’s my thoughts that I’m mostly concerned about. Can they have an affect on the babies development??

    It’s really hard not to be still triggered from time to time and I feel awful that it will have an effect on my baby when I don’t want my baby to experience anything I went through.

  • not true! nobodys happy and also grow their baby on soda and fast food, kids are fine! theyre resiliant, the kids are agressive from stressed moms cause they come from a bad family not cause of pregnancy

  • I lost a baby in 2019 with 17 weeks and I am sure it was because I had a high level of stress. Now I’m pregnant again and I’m with almost 9 weeks. Today I got in a fight with my husband and my level of stress was really really high. I am afraid to lose my baby again or this stress can affect my baby in some way. I don’t know what to do because I argue with my husband all the time and he doesn’t help either, because it’s him that cause me stress. I don’t know how can I have a fake happiness, it’s so hard even to think about.

  • Every little thing freaks me out, I stress a lot for no good reason and I put it all on my husband, he gets upset and starts hitting some hurtful words to me,it makes me feel like am gonna die, am 15weeks preggo.������

  • How early in pregnancy can stress start to effect the baby?? I am very stressed out and fighting and yelling with my husband everyday.. I think i am about 6 weeks i will find out for sure from ultrasound on saturday but i just wanted to know how early in the pregnancy can stress start to effect my baby? Please help me.

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  • Lost my son recently to a stillbirth at 35 weeks and i couldn’t understand why because i made sure i did everything every dr appt was good we were both healthy but i thought about this and during this pregnancy i was stressed alot dealing with my jobs, father of my child, and other issues who knew that so much stress can be harmful to your baby i wish i could have tried harder not to be stressed

  • Both parents fucked up, depressed and stressed, bulemia etc…my life has been one drawn out nightmare. I wish I had to the courage to shoot my brains out.

  • thanks for sharing this video. i too am going through with a stressful pregnancy due to my husband’s abusive words and very bad behaviour. i am 5 moths pregnant. i am not able to control my anger and my emotions and start screaming. now i am very much worried for my unborn child. i want my child to be a happy and healthy child. pls advise. thanks..

  • dr.. i had a few weeks of really awful sickness at the point it really got me down and upset. its calmed down now at 18 weeks… will my baby be ok?i am resting for a few weeks before going back to work which is a stressful job itself (mental health).

  • I have suffered from depression, withdrawal, hostility since I was 8. When I was 50, discovered, I discovered that my birthmother (I am adopted) was raped.

  • My mom always told me “She was very excited to have me”, that’s why she had me premature. I never thought it can be stress but knowing what I know about her family and her. I believe she was very stressed that is why I came out premature. And I say that bcuz in this video this therapist said u become stressed at 11 years old and u don’t know why
    But it’s bcuz ur mother was stressed when she was pregnant with you. I’ve had a hard life very tough. But I always blamed my life and my realtionships why I’m always stressed not to sound hurt but it is my mom’s fualt there are several ways to deal with stress. And I’m 20weeks pregnant now and I’m learning how to not be anxious not be angry I calm myself down. And it sucks that us as kids don’t get help we need to work on our stress. I am trying everything I can to have a healthy happy baby to not have my baby feel what I feel. Because it is a baby nobody will be there for my baby if I’m not. I pray to the Lord that my baby will be fine when it is put on this Earth. And a safe safe delivery!! ����

  • Am right now pregnant not even 1month but yesterday my husband and me got fight and he bet me very hardly does any problem is there for my babby

  • Stress being put on a pregnant woman will cause Autism and low IQ in the unborn child. Also, hypertension and heart damage in the mother. Women please take care to avoid getting yourself and a baby into a stressful situation. don’t ignore the red flags and simply walk away before even getting pregnant. Some issues can’t be avoided though.

  • I am 23weeks n I had puppps rash already…suggest me some good medicine or kind of home remedies which can relief me…I couldn’t sleep overnight!!.thankyou doctor

  • I am sorry for you ladies. I notice the main complaint about stress during pregnancy for most women is a husband who is either not caring/loving, unfaithful, etc. I am a guy myself and husband to a beautiful caring loving happy go lucky but fragile, worrisome wife carrying my 15 week old child. I am rarely at home because i am trying to take care of our finances so that i provide for my growing family. However, it seems i need to take a step back instead of a step forward so that she can enjoy this pregnancy stress free with my participation in terms of just being there for her. She has cried because i have complained about things not being done at home which seem so selfish i admit. I am coming to realize i need to change for the better i am better than this and i would not forgive myself if i mess this up, neither will she ever forgive me. Wish me luck as i do for you all!

  • Yeah but the society doesn’t understand that pregnant women need special care, specially pregnant wpmen who work.. People just don’t care about others anymore, everyone is busy minding their own business

  • What if your a teacher and stress is just inevitable. Any tips? I cry almost everyday. I’m trying to start working out like I did before in hopes that this helps.

  • Ladies if you are prego and your man is putting you in stress you should try to ignore him stressing you out because he might not know stressing a pergo woman is bad because it can kill the baby so like if your at home with him maybe just leave home or something go out some place hangout with your friends and maybe talk to them about what he did to stress you out never let a man get to you like made you mad depressed sad or anything like that just dont worrie about it��☺

  • Can a woman on antidepressants medication plan pregnancy? And its effects on baby? Please do talk on this topic. There is no much information provided regarding this.

  • Thank you for this video. It would make sense that higher levels of cortisol and adrenaline would cause problems but the behaviors of a stressed out mother may have a lot to do with the outcome as well. Stessed-out mothers are more likely to miss prenatal appointments, eat poorly, drink alcohol or use other teratogens. What are your thoughts?