Pregnancy Over 40, Stress and Miscarriage Are ConnectedThere's no surprise to me here, stress increases miscarriage risk - especially in early pregnancy. If you've done a lot of reading online, you've probably found quite a bit of conflicting information on whether or not there is a correlation between stress and miscarriage. Stress has been found to affect fertility, but did you know that the stress hormone, cortisol, has actually been found in miscarried fetuses?
Here is another study that shows a correlation between stress, cortisol and early pregnancy
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ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Women who exhibit signs of stress are three times more likely to miscarry during the first three weeks of the pregnancy, a recent study of a small population of women found.
Pablo Nepomnaschy and a group of University of Michigan researchers measured the cortisol—a stress induced hormone—levels in urine samples taken three times weekly for a year from 61women in a rural Guatemalan community. Nepomnaschy conducted the fieldwork while he was a Ph.D student at U-M both at the Anthropology Department and the School of Natural Resources and Environment. He is now a post-doctoral fellow at the Epidemiology Branch of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
The Guatemalan study is the first to link increases in cortisol levels to very early-stage pregnancy loss.
According to previous scientific reports anywhere from 31 percent to 89 percent of all conceptions result in miscarriage. Most studies begin when women notice they are pregnant, about six weeks after conception. Most miscarriages, however, are known to happen during the first 3 weeks of pregnancy.