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Home Health Library Frequently Asked Questions Early miscarriage: Is stress a factor?

Early miscarriage: Is stress a factor?

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While excessive stress isn't good for your overall health, there's no evidence that stress results in miscarriage.

About 10% to 20% of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. But the actual number is likely higher because many miscarriages occur before the pregnancy is recognized. Most often, early miscarriage is caused by a chromosomal abnormality that interferes with the normal development of the embryo.

Often, there's nothing you can do to prevent a miscarriage. However, managing any chronic conditions you have, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, and avoiding risky behaviors, such as smoking and using illegal drugs, can decrease your risk of a miscarriage.

If you're experiencing a high amount of stress, talk to your health care provider about management techniques.

Last Updated: January 22nd, 2022