leah messerTeen Mom Leah Messer is still thinking about the miscarriage she had after divorcing Corey Simms and meeting now-husband Jeremy Calvert in early 2012. What caused Leah to miscarry at eight weeks? "I don't know if it was the stress or what," Leah said at the Teen Mom 2 reunion special.

Can stress really cause women to miscarry? A lot of women think so. Leah definitely wanted that baby, even though she was going through some major transitions in her life. She was caught between two different men, she was on a reality TV show, and of course, she's a young mom. That stress was definitely there! But did it really have anything to do with her miscarriage?

Doctors actually have found a link between stress and miscarriage. One study shows that hormones released in times of stress can target mast cells, the cells that trigger allergic reactions. And guess where there's an abundance of mast cells? In your uterus. So stress can start a chain reaction, releasing hormones that switch on those mast cells, which in turn can cause a miscarriage.

Expecting moms, sounds like the link between stress and miscarriage isn't all in your head! Of course, not everyone who gets stressed out during pregnancy has a miscarriage. Talk to just about any mom, and they'll have stories about the stress they were under (work, financial, relationships) during a pregnancy that turned out fine. But I still think it's something to be aware of.

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We usually can't control the things in our lives that cause stress. (Or they wouldn't be so stressful!) But we can try to carve out time to relax and learn how to manage stress better. And, if you've been trying to get your kids or husband to give you a freakin' break every once in a while, here's some scientific proof to back you up.

Do you worry about too much stress affecting your pregnancy?

 

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