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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Could stress or working too hard have caused my miscarriage?

    I'm a lawyer and have a hugely stressful job and report to a high powered boss who makes it difficult to have any work life balance. Could this have had an impact on causing me to miscarry?
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    Dr Karin Hammarberg

    Registered Nurse

    Karin is a Research Fellow at the Jean Hailes Research Unit at Monash University and Senior Research Officer at the Victorian Assisted Reproduction Treatment Authority.Karin … View Profile

    Most miscarriages happen because there is something wrong with the fetus. Experiencing a lot of stress is definitely not good for people but it's unlikely to cause miscarriage.

  • Women's Health Queensland Wide provides free health information for Queensland women. View Profile

    Up to 20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. Typically, early miscarriage is caused by a fetal chromosomal abnormality or another problem in the development of the embryo. Stress has not been proven to cause miscarriage. Having said that, if you are planning to try again bear in mind that repeated and constant stress is not good for your general health. So as part of your pre conception health plan you should seek some professional help with this.  Also, if you're concerned about miscarriage, concentrate on taking good care of yourself and your baby. Seek regular prenatal care, manage any chronic conditions and avoid known risk factors for miscarriage — such as smoking and drinking alcohol
    Women’s Health Educator
    Health Information Line, Women’s Health Queensland Wide
    Women living in Queensland can also call our Health Information Line - a free information and referral service for Queensland women - on 3839 9988 or 1800 017 676 (toll free outside Brisbane).
    Please note that all health information provided by Women’s Health Queensland Wide is subject to this disclaimer

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