(Closed) Pregnancy fatigue v. just tired: how are they different?

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

It is like, if-I-don’t-lie-down-and-nap-right-now-I-will-fall-over kind of tired.  Not like, oh I slept crummy last night and a nap would be great.  You need a nap.  Like, STAT.  It feels like you can’t keep your eyes open, your boobs are flipping sore and you feel like GARBAGE.  

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@smores: Fatigue was one of my only symptoms and it was bad.  I felt hungover 24/7 no matter how much I slept.  It was really just more of that kind of feeling, a hungover feeling where I was tired and had a headache almost constantly.  When I was just tired before, I was just tired (and I had worked night shift before where I was up for quite a while at a time sometimes).   

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Also – not everyone gets tired the same way not everyone gets morning sickness!  Every pregnancy seems to be different, so don’t worry yourself about symptoms!

The reason we can be tired when we are pregnant (in varying intensities of course) is because our bodies are working double time to accomodate a baby.  Moving things around, blood flow is increasing, etc!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I know this won’t be much help. But to me there really is no difference. I did find later on (After my bfp) that little things like running out to my car would tire me out like crazy.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@mandb122:  This is a great way to explain it. I am usually never tired and during the first trimester I felt like I could have slept all day. I also had a headache almost every morning when I woke up and it didn’t go away until I drank water and had something to eat. 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m not sure if this helps, but for it I felt like I had mono again. It was that all encompassing, doesn’t matter how much sleep you get, exhausted. I would walk up 1 flight of stairs and be ready for a nap.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@PennyLainne:  

Same for me. It just took a lot less for me to get tired. Stamina just went straight out the window!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

In my opinion, if you have to ask if you’re fatigued, you aren’t.

I haven’t had any fatigue during pregnancy. I do get tired a lot easier, and have very little stamina. I go to bed early. I sit down on a chair in between stirring when I’m cooking. But I haven’t had fatigue.

When I stopped taking BCP last summer, I experienced fatigue. I could barely walk from my office to my car, I wanted to sit down half way and sleep, it wasn’t just “oh I’m tired”, it was literally difficult for me to even have the motivation to keep walking. Utterly exhausted. I had never felt that way before.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

@ViaMinorViator: THIS!

I feel like I could fall asleep at the drop of a hat. I take the train into work, and between a 5 minute stop, I’ve fallen asleep. I wouldn’t even call it fatigue, I would call it exhaustion. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My stamina and endurance have suffered greatly. I don’t know about anyone else, but taking a shower absolutely exhausts me! Plus, if I have it even a teeny bit too hot, I get lightheaded and need Darling Husband to come in to make sure I don’t pass out. I used to love hot showers, and now I can barely get away with luke warm!

I am constantly tired. Before I had tons of energy, but I sleep a full night and still am exhaused upon waking. I feel a little bit more energy coming now, but I still need a nap or I won’t make it past 8:30 at night. It really didn’t hit me til weeks 7-8.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

@smores:  Is waking up to pee twice a night normal for you? 

If not, that was one of my very first symptoms of being pregnant. Your changing hormones make the urge to pee that much greater!

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