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Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Does Stress Cause Miscarriages?

The royal family of Great Britain has been much in the news lately because there is division between the princes. As most of my readers know, Prince Harry and his American wife Meghan Markle stepped down from their royal duties and moved to California. From the safety of their American home, they started to launch attacks on the royal family. From all appearances, they are attempting to destroy the monarchy.

There have been many assaults launched against the new King Charles and William, the Prince of Wales as well as their wives. There have also been assaults on the media, with one of them being blame for the miscarriage of a baby. In the documentary, Prince Harry said, “I believe my wife suffered a miscarriage because of what the Mail did. I watched the whole thing.” However, he admitted that he did not absolutely know that the miscarriage was caused by media stress. Bethany Mandel shared another point of view.

In her best-selling, data-informed book on pregnancy “Expecting Better,” Emily Oster makes clear that 90% of miscarriages are caused by chromosomal problems that are present at fertilization.

And older women, Oster explains, are more likely to miscarry. How much more likely? For women under 20, the miscarriage rate is just 4.4%. For women over 35 (which is how old Markle was during this pregnancy), the rate is almost 19%.

As Oster puts it, “You might wonder if there’s anything you can do (other than getting pregnant at 20 rather than at 35!). The answer is probably not.”

It looks like Prince Harry will have to find another reason to hate the media. However, pregnant women should breathe a little easier knowing that stress does not cause miscarriages.

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