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. Avatar of Crystal Crystal says:

    I will be 16 weeks tomorrow and the exhaustive is real. I too take my husband to work and he works in the evening so sometimes my schedule shifts. I have been waking at 6 am this week but crashing by 10 until about 1pm. After I take him to work at 4 I sleep until about 8pm. My schedule is all mixed up but I will go through anything to get this baby here safely.

  2. Avatar of Stephanie Stephanie says:

    Biigest complaint about my second pregnancy is being tired all the time no matter how much I sleep

  3. Avatar of Tiffany Tiffany says:

    I feel the same it’s like I can’t sit down for anything I se to fall asleep

  4. Avatar of fenesha fenesha says:

    I am 16 weeks and my fatigue is pretty bad. I toss and turn most of the night. By morning i am exhausted, my job requires me to stand on my feet 6-8 hours a day. With that headaches, hips hurting, and lower back pain i feel miserable. My husband doesnt understand and i feel so bad once im home from work all i want is to go to sleep. He is great picking up the slack but im ready for this baby to come.

  5. Avatar of Mariely Mariely says:

    I am still dealing with it now. I’m 26 weeks along, I have insomnia and sleep apena. I am constantly exhausted, sleep quiet a bit but constantly waking up. Tossing and turning. never can get comfy. I’ve tried everything. Just ready for it to all be over

  6. I have been battling what has not yet been discovered by doctors yet, but back in 2012 I began being very tired all the time; falling asleep behind the wheel almost running into a ditch and every time I would sit down to relax for a minute I would just doze off sometimes only for a few seconds or up to an hour or two. Now that I am expecting it has started to happen a little more frequently but about the same as the doc’s tried to put this on being Prego, I laughed. I just wish I could find out what it is that is going on, we have ruled out most types of seizures and just about knocked out narcolepsy but still testing has to be done. So when you talk about fatigue I can relate in so many ways its almost ridiculous in more ways than one.

    • Avatar of Brandy Brandy says:

      I suffer from Hypersomnelence and understand your frustration. Idiopathic Hypersomnia (also commonly known as Primary Hypersomnia, Hypersomnolence or non-REM Narcolepsy) is generally defined as excessive sleepiness evidenced by prolonged sleep episodes or excessive daytime sleep that occurs almost daily. This diagnosis is only considered if the individual has been routinely getting adequate amounts of sleep and all other causes of sleepiness have been ruled out. Suffers of Idiopathic Hypersomnia will normally routinely sleep beyond 9-10 hours per 24 hour period, often for as long as 16-22 hours.

  7. Avatar of LIZ says:

    before i knew i was pregnant i feel so fatigue and i just want to sleep, but tnx god this didnt last long

  8. Avatar of Miranda Miranda says:

    I am so exhausted, waking up several times a night, a very high energy 5 year old all day long then catering to my fiancé and son after my fiancé is out of work. It is very exhausting. I’m lucky to be able to stay home since Christmas and until after baby comes but I’m still super exhausted. Full time college load and my fiancé thinks I have no reason to be exhausted because I’m not working. So he doesn’t see a problem with having me cook dinner, do the dishes, clean up after dinner, prepare my son for bed and still do whatever he asks. It’s frustrating and not like this all the time but it definitely was the case last night. Asks me to do all this stuff while all he did all day yesterday-as it was his day off- was watch tv. I drive him to work and pick him up and it gets me rather moody that he acts like I do nothing. :( Especially when he talks about how easy his job it.- Sorry prego rant over lol

  9. Avatar of NunuMAME NunuMAME says:

    Absolutely waking up several times in the middle of the nite, then when i do fall asleep in a good sleep im back up early as ever lol God does it ever stop.

  10. Avatar of NewMommy23 NewMommy23 says:

    I am tired all the time naturally because I am anemic and hypoglycemic. Unfortunately I do not believe my fatigue is ever going away

  11. Avatar of Leah Leah says:

    My wife keeps waking up at night. She has been having crazy dreams and at times insomnia. Any ideas on how to help?

  12. Avatar of joyce joyce says:

    I have tried everything to try to get enough sleep but my major problem is pain in my hips. I give up trying to maintain a comfortable position and I think I am getting my exercise through tossing and turning every time I am trying to rest.

  13. Avatar of Hailey Hailey says:

    With my first pregnancy I was fine. I didnt start losing sleep untill a few weeks before my due date. Im 22 weeks pregnant with my second child and i am n so much pain, and cant ever get comfortable to sleep! I was wondering if anyone has tried a body pillow and if they actually work?

  14. Avatar of Ashley Ashley says:

    i find I am more tired than I have ever been.

  15. Avatar of Tammie Tammie says:

    I worked till I delivered with my first (though I was taking at least two days off a week by the end of the pregnancy–thankfully I had the freedom to do that). I worked through the eighth month with my second and wasn’t able to take any time off (and got way too tired; add nursing to the tiredness and it took a long time to bounce back from that pregnancy). But I don’t remember feeling tired at the beginning. With this baby (I’m 8 weeks), I am exhausted all the time!!! So different from pregnancy to pregnancy.

  16. Avatar of sheenaholman sheenaholman says:

    Im lucky my daughter takes the naps she does so I can nap with her.

  17. Avatar of Rozie Rozie says:

    This was a good article to read to keep up with what needs to be done.

  18. Avatar of Brittney Brittney says:

    With a three year old and an eight year old, napping never seems to happen. I feel like I have a newborn already with how little sleep I am getting and I still have fourteen weeks to go. I know once this little one arrives it’s only going to get worse.

  19. Avatar of Marilyn Marilyn says:

    I could sleep all day! I don’t remember being this tired with my first. I’m 11 weeks 3 days, so I hope it gets better soon.

  20. Avatar of Marlena AntonucciEditor Marlena Antonucci says:

    These are wonderful tips to keep in mind.

  21. Avatar of samantha samantha says:

    Since I quit my job and am now a stay at home wifey the fatigue has gotten much better. .. im able to take short naps when needed and am more energized if I give my body some time to recharge

  22. Avatar of Heatherly Heatherly says:

    Wonderful article, thank you!

  23. Today I have aches and pain and feeling rather miserable :(

  24. Avatar of verochka31 verochka31 says:

    I find myself more tired if I don’t keep myself active……………………………almost 32 weeks and still jog lightly. find myself more happy after an exercise and more alive!!

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