Are You Fatigued?

tired womanIf your pregnancy is anything like mine was, you are probably exhausted … all the time.

It is not at all uncommon to experience pregnancy fatigue. It seems only natural that sustaining two lives drains you of more energy than only dealing with your own. Having a fetus growing in your belly most certainly takes its toll on your body.

Pregnancy fatigue is often accompanied by a multitude of aches, pains, and sore muscles. How you deal with these problems will often determine your level of pregnancy fatigue.

Pregnancy fatigue is generally caused by your body adjusting to natural hormonal changes and the added weight of carrying the baby. You may also have trouble sleeping due to aches and pains, vivid dreams, or simply too much stress.

Pregnancy fatigue is just your body’s way of telling you that it needs more rest. So, it seems reasonable to assume that the way to start alleviating the problem is to sleep more. Try to go to bed earlier, and get about 9-10 hours of sleep per night, if you can.

If you are having trouble sleeping, try drinking a non-caffeinated herbal tea or lighting some scented candles before bed. Breathing exercises can also help you to calm your nerves for sleep.

Try taking naps during the day in addition to sleeping more at night, and try to stay off your feet during the day, sitting or laying down whenever possible. Even a quick 20- or 30-minute nap can help ease pregnancy fatigue.

All of the energy that your body uses to get you through the day comes from the food that you eat and the nutrients you consume. Pregnancy fatigue can be diminished by simply eating the right foods. Maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet is key.

Try to eat an extra 300 calories per day. Try to fight the urge to consume endless amounts of junk food and empty calories. If you feel the need to splurge, try eating an apple or something else nutritious to curb your appetite. Iron deficiency is also a leading cause of pregnancy fatigue, so be sure to get enough.

It may seem counter-productive, but regular, light exercise will actually make you feel more energized and help to avoid pregnancy fatigue. Try walking around your neighborhood or mall, or going for a swim. The exercise will leave you feeling energized and refreshed, and will help you to sleep better at night.

Make no mistake about it; some degree of pregnancy fatigue is unavoidable. All pregnant women will experience it; but hopefully, armed with these tips, you can recognize some of the causes and begin to control it.

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  1. Profile photo of Sara Sara says:

    I would sometimes doze off at work, accidentally of course, but just those 15-20 minutes really helped!

  2. Profile photo of ErinF ErinF says:

    I’m minutes away from week 16, and still just as fatigued as I was two months ago. At least the nausea seems to have abated. I have no trouble sleeping so far, and get plenty of it, as well as good nutrition and exercise, so I’m at a loss. I guess it’s just a fact of life for now; it’s good preparation for motherhood!

  3. I’ve been so sleepy lately….
    I can’t seem to sleep for too long anymore.

  4. Profile photo of Faleshia Faleshia says:

    i believe that having two other kids at home has made this pregnancy one of the most exhausting and hardest yet. i do find myself sleeping a lot during nap time and on the weekends when i have help!!

  5. this is my first of three pregnancies where i am tired all the time and have migranes like mad, kept my nausea past the first trimester, and even end up alseep for a whole day!

  6. Profile photo of Jeanetta Jeanetta says:

    It seems like I’ve had pregnancy fatigue my entire pregnancy. I stay exhausted.

  7. Profile photo of ErinF ErinF says:

    I’m at week 8, and the first trimester sleepies have had me for the past month. It seemed to turn around this past weekend, but started up again on Monday. I do exercise, but it just wears me out even more (not that it stops me from exercising, because it’s good for my health as well as the baby’s health, anyway). I’m hoping this tapers off soon so I can get a little more accomplished!

  8. Profile photo of vicki vicki says:

    I have no problem sleeping at night, I just want to sleep all the time. I work a full time job so I cannot just lay down or relax when I feel the need (which is all the time right now). I cannot wait to get past this stage of extreme fatigue.

  9. Profile photo of Faleshia Faleshia says:

    im going to have to try some of these things out. i cant sleep at all at night but i do take a nap. its good to know that exercise can actually help this fatigue go away! great read.

  10. Profile photo of malamonis malamonis says:

    Milk and honey is an awesome drink before bed!! that’s how i did/do it!:))))

  11. Profile photo of lisa_iowa lisa_iowa says:

    That first trimester fatigue is intense. Now I’m in the 3rd trimester and fall asleep whenever I sit down because sleep is elusive at night.

  12. Profile photo of Julie Julie says:

    I wish I could sleep more than an hour at night. It’s getting difficult with only one month left and my big belly in the way. I feel like a walrus trying to roll over..

  13. Profile photo of Anna Anna says:

    In the first trimester I couldn’t get any night sleep at all… but then I bought a Snoogle pillow and my life changed. This is the best pregnancy investment I made. Even my hubby noticed that I started sleeping better

  14. Buy one of those eye masks to help block the light and a heated pad to put on your sore muscles or keep you warm, and buy a pillow to put between your legs or to put your feet on, that will make a huge difference. Those are the 3 things that have helped me the most because i cant seem to get comfortable either.

  15. Profile photo of SammysMOMMY SammysMOMMY says:

    It is hard to sleep when you cant get comfortable

  16. Profile photo of marichinno marichinno says:

    During the week it’s hard for me to take a nap since I work all day out of the house. Weekends I try to sneak in a nap or two.

  17. Profile photo of elizabeth elizabeth says:

    what can take help me sleep

  18. I drink herbal sleepytime teas, do breathing exercises and yoga, go to bed early, have lots of pillows for comfort, am only 6-7 estimated weeks pregnant…….. cannot sleep to save my life. I wake up every 30 mins or so like clockwork and cannot doze off after the sun comes up; It’s driving me insane. Last pregnancy it was only the last few weeks or so… I hope this doesn’t last the whole time or I may just flip out! lol

  19. Profile photo of jennifer jennifer says:

    I just figured being an older mom to be was making me so tired. don’t feel so old knowing I’m not alone : )

  20. Profile photo of SammysMOMMY SammysMOMMY says:

    Being able to sleep in has been a true blessing!

  21. Profile photo of SammysMOMMY SammysMOMMY says:

    I have the same problem. My body is tired but I can’t turn my thoughts off.

  22. Profile photo of lambc10674 lambc10674 says:

    I’m so tired and just can’t get to sleep. My eyes feel like they’re closing then I’m suddenly awake. Sigh.

  23. Profile photo of Jenny Jenny says:

    I was already considered a sleepy head prior to getting pregnant… I work so as soon as I get home, get some food in my belly I am ready for bed.. I feel bad because my husband and other children rarely spend time with me anymore…

  24. Profile photo of brandy brandy says:

    i stay fatigued so i sleep all the time and still feel like i need to sleep more

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