Miscarriage In Early PregnancyWhen I read articles like this one, I'm amazed.
Not only do they state that a huge number of conceptions miscarry before women even know their pregnant, but elevated cortisol (stress hormone) is a trigger for the body to miscarry. Read more:
Previous studies have reported that up to 90 percent of all conceptions result in miscarriage. This high figure reflects the fact that most women notice they are pregnant about six weeks after conception, but most miscarriages are known to happen during the first three weeks of pregnancy.
It was this critical three week initial period of pregnancy that researcher Pablo Nepomnaschy decided to investigate. "The only way to capture the first three weeks of pregnancy is to begin collecting their urine from before they become pregnant. That is extremely labor intensive and expensive," he explained.
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In the study, Nepomnaschy found that 90 percent of the women with elevated levels of cortisol miscarried during the first three weeks of pregnancy, compared to 33 percent of those with normal levels. "Maybe increased cortisol is understood by the body as a cue that the context is uncertain, changing, or the quality of the environment is deteriorating," Nepomnaschy said. "The body's response is to stop any extra activity and go back to its most basic functions."