This week Yahoo! News reported on a new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology that found that physical and mental stress on a pregnant woman may increase the risk of stillbirth.
The study followed 2,000 women in the U.S. and, after delivery or stillbirth, surveyed the number of major stressful life events they had experienced during pregnancy. According to Yahoo! News, “women who said they had experienced five or more stressful life events in the past year, such as losing a loved one or their job, were 2.5 times more likely to have a stillbirth compared with women who experienced no stressful life events in the past year.”
While the main finding of this study is not exactly shocking to me, I am saddened by it. It would be so simple for OBs and midwives to ask patients about what else is going on in their lives while pregnant and monitor any major life changes as they unfold over those crucial 40 weeks. During two of my three pregnancies I experienced major life stress, including moves and job changes, and I don’t recall being asked about those areas of my life once during any prenatal visits.
Did you experience major life stressors during your pregnancy?
Source: Yahoo! News
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