coping with exhaustion in early pregnancy

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
1926 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@DZMeadowz:  Replying mostly to follow! I am sleeping like crap and totally exhausted even on some of my best days! I want caffeine LOL!

So not coping well! And I am already in my second trimester! I thought my energy was supposed to come back!!!

Post # 4
8480 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Not really that much you can do other than eating well and trying to move around and get some exercise.  Go to bed earlier?

You can have caffeine, up to 200mg has been shown to be fine. 

Post # 5
1719 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

A ton of water, b12, iron, b6 vitamins, and rest when you can.  Also doing some light exercise during the day will help 🙂

Post # 6
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Commenting to follow. I’m coming up on 9 weeks and I feel like it takes every ounce if my energy to make it through the work day. I get home and I’m dead on the couch. I’d like to try exercising but I’ve got to muster enough energy to start the process. 

Post # 7
3119 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Really, not much. I’m still exhausted a lot of the time. Sometimes I go to bed at 7:30, I feel lucky that I’m able to do so. Exercise in the morning has been amazing, if you can do that, even just 20-30 minutes of cardio or a walk, that helps. Drink lots of water like PP says. 

Post # 8
953 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@DZMeadowz:  I got up nearly every 45 minutes to refill my water bottle. Drinking tons of water and nibbling on little snacks (I was obsessed with fruit, so I had oranges, bananas, apples, etc. which always helped and were healthy) throughout the day kept me “busy” so that I could at least stay somewhat functional. It’s hard… it will get better, though!

Post # 9
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Exercise! The first 10 minutes are torture, but it kept me enegergized and moving and made the pregnancy SO much easier! (Just shy of 39 weeks and still exercising 5 days a week!)

Post # 10
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@DZMeadowz:  It sucks because there isn’t much you can do. I was fortunate to have my own office (and I told my boss early on) so I would shut my door and take a 5-10 minute rest if I felt I needed it.

Fatigue is flaring up again now that I am 30 weeks. I try to always be snacking on something healthy like string cheese, nuts, or fruit. I also make sure to drink water often, so those things may help.

Post # 11
6067 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I have had EXTREME fatigue during my first trimester.

What helps me feel better (but not perfect) is lots of water, healthy foods (no sugary stuff or heavy white carbs- that really weighs you down even more), a walk in the fresh air, and a little bit of caffeinated tea.

My doctor says a little caffeine in pregnancy is fine.

Post # 12
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I wish I had the magic answer… I also have an infant currently in the troes of a 9 month sleep regression so NOBODY IN OUR HOUSE IS SLEEPING.  It is making the first trimester exhaustion SO much worse.  I use visine in my eyes so I don’t look like I’ve been toking in my car all day, and I use hemorrhoid cream (not ointment) under my eyes to help with the puffiness, and I dab concealer and liquid foundation under my eyes as well.

I am in bed by 8-9 pm every night so when our Tiny Tyrant wakes up hollering at 2am I have had at least a stretch of good sleep.  I’m usually asleep again by about 5, but I have to get up around 6 for the day.  I try to eat lunch in between patients and take a nap at lunch.

I have caffeine in the morning, and I drink SO much water.  Other than that, I just do what I have to.  I don’t think about it I guess, because either way, the baby needs a bath, the bottles need washing, the dogs need to be fed, I need to take a shower, I mean it all needs to get done so I just do it.  I hope this passes soon though.  The first tri AND the sleep regression.  THIS IS KILLING ME OMG!

Post # 13
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@DZMeadowz:  I used t nap during lunch time.  Since I was eating pretty much around the clock to stave off morning sickness, I wasn’t really hungry for a full lunch so I would take a blanket and pillow into a private room at the office and nap for an hour.  I would have napped in my car but I live in Florida where it’s too hot so it’s too dangerous to do unless it’s one of the few odd cold days.

Post # 14
416 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’d say rest lots, drink lots and lots of water, and do some gentle exercise like swimming or yoga if you can 🙂

Post # 15
863 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

For me what worked best was getting as much rest as possible and being gentle on myself about not having energy! You’re growing someone’s brain in there right now, and it’s very complex and that’s where your energy is going. It’s a hugely important job that you’re doing so if you can’t do much else, that’s totally okay. And I agree with @DaneLady, it’s way worse than sleeplessness with a wee one! 

Post # 16
4402 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Not much. It is just hard. I ended up using a bunch of sick days because I was throwing up so much and had very little energy. It’s just a tough time, plain and simple. Hang in there. 

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