In my observation as a health practitioner, I have seen countless people trace back illnesses and symptoms to valid and specific underlying factors and causes. And while it is a great way to make sense of one’s health, I have observed that a lot of people find it easy to blame their health problems on concrete factors such as diet, physical activity, climate, accidents and bodily vices.
From time to time, though, I would come across journal articles and panel discussions about stress.
In a fast-paced world such as ours, especially in a time where disease is a common topic and a matter of daily occurrence, stress has become so normalised.
With our own frontliners and our own children faced with insanely stressful situations, such as dealing with high infection rates in the pandemic, and coping with an increasingly rigorous approach to learning and socialisation respectively, stress has become increasingly normal, even for the most health-conscious and most “protected” members of our society.
Undeniably, too, in obstetrics, pregnancies are hugely affected by factors that relate to stress. Miscarriages can be caused by a hundred different elements, and stress can unquestionably be one of the biggest factors that lead to them.
Stress is actually one of the biggest risk factors in female reproductive health, both in pregnant and non-pregnant women. Most autoimmune diseases, which can also pose a huge danger to pregnancies, can also be triggered by unhealthy amounts of stress.
And, while I do not wish anyone who may have suffered through miscarriage to come across this article and blame themselves for the amount of stress that they may have gone through, I would like to work in the direction that women be more informed and aware of the impact of stress levels on their overall health, whether they are childbearing or not.
In my own experience of helping women deal with their experiences of pregnancy loss, I have also observed that stress is one of the biggest deterrents to their emotional and mental recovery. Because of the several pressures that stem from both the fact of their miscarriage (feelings of failure, guilt, loss, shame, etc.) and their life outside the pregnancy loss (feelings of anxiety over everyone’s reaction, dread of going back to work while dealing with trauma, pressure/fear to try again, strained relationship with self and significant other, etc.), women who have suffered through miscarriage go through so much stress that can also hamper their process of healing.
If you are worried that stress may be affecting your chances of getting pregnant, or you are going through the trauma of miscarriage during fertility treatment and stress is stopping you from starting your journey of healing and recovery, please feel absolutely free to reach out to me and book a consultation, so we can start on a plan for you.
You deserve to understand your experience, come to terms with the things you are currently struggling with, and to move forward on a much clearer path and in better health.