Stress is a Risk Factor for Preeclampsia and Gestational Diabetes

The research is limited, the diagnostic criteria is arbitrary & problematic & we need to know more. These are all facts.

However, there is enough information out there for us to start taking mind-body medicine seriously and to incorporate stress physiology support into prenatal care.

Traumatic stress affects neuro-endo-immune functionality and cardiovascular health in ways that increase the risk of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and pregnancy complications. The exact mechanisms are poorly understood but there is speculation that traumatic stress alters the immune system in a way that increases inflammatory markers that raise the risk of preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. 


While early detection, medical and lifestyle management, and regular prenatal care are essential to reducing the risk of developing preeclampsia and gestational diabetes, understanding the connection between stress physiology and these pregnancy complications can aid with successful preventative efforts.

Relaxation is not the answer.

Due to the pervasive misinformation about stress and the misunderstanding of stress physiology, most people assume the solution to preventing preeclampsia and gestational diabetes is to relax. However, relaxation is a byproduct of completing a threat cycle, not the vessel to completing the threat cycle.

To begin completing the threat cycle, we recommend first identifying exactly where you are in your threat response and how it is presenting through your body. We have a free quiz to help you with just that. 

Once you take the quiz, you’ll receive follow up information about the specific threat state you find yourself in and what it means for how to begin your recovery journey in a physiological-supportive and physiologically-appropriate way. 

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