Can stress bring on contractions?

Alisha - posted on 07/26/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I am 28 weeks pregnant and been having hard contraction for the last few day. Went to the hospital last night for them and they said for me get more rest. I have two other kids 4 and 2 and they keep me stressed with there fighting and wining all day. Seem like the more I stress the more contractions I have. Does any know if stress can cause contraction?

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Cassie - posted on 07/26/2009

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Yep, emotional, physical... stress in general, I believe can cause braxton hicks contractions or even labor. From my own experience with both my pregnancies, I've gotten contractions from just getting up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. Most often, I get contractions durring or after walking for long periods of time.
I'm about 39 weeks preggers and have been having loads of contractions since I was 5 months along. My doctor told me to take it easy (not necessarily bed rest) and I have a toddler to chase around. Needless to say, I can't do much about doctor's orders so I've been dealing with these contractions and being uncomfortable for some time now. I only worry when I get contractions close together and when they begin to get consistant. If you can, try to take it easy... get a break from the kids if at all possible now and then and try not to stress too much. Keep an eye on the contractions and relax as soon as you can if they get to be too much (relaxing can stop practice contractions). A nice warm bath, laying down for a bit, or even just sitting with your feet up helps..... at least that's what I've heard and what works for me.
Hope that helps. Good luck! :)

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Kylie - posted on 07/27/2009

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i was told by a doctor if your experiencing high levels of stress or are unhappy or feeling scared your body will put off releasing the hormone that starts labor until you and your baby are safe or in a calm state. It could be different for braxton hicks. Any stress is not good for you especially while your pregnant, can you get some more help & support from your partner and family with your LO's to take the pressure off you? It must be difficult but my advice is sleep when you can, and pick your battles with the kids...sometimes you have to let things go and see it from their point of view, if mummy is stressing out they are probably reacting to it.

Barbara - posted on 07/26/2009

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oh yes it can. but dont fret, most stress can be relieved, even if its temporary.

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