Post # 1
I’m 17 weeks pregnant my mine and S/O’s first child – Hooray!
Everyone told me that my energy would be back once I hit the 2nd Trimester, but honestly I feel even more tired. I’m really struggling to get through the work day (I feel like I could fall asleep at my desk) and I feel like I’m in this constant state of fog which isn’t great when you have a job that requires you to have high attention to detail.
As this is my first pregnancy, I just wanted to know if this is normal? Or did anyone else experience this? And do you have any tips to combat the tiredness?
I’m trying to drink more water, I don’t eat like crap and I do go to bed pretty early.
Just not sure what to do 🙁
Post # 2
Totally normal. Aside from trying to get as much rest as you can and drinking lots of water and eating well, there’s not much you can do. I’m on my third pregnancy- I think it’s your body’s way of training you for the complete exhaustion you feel when you’re up with a newborn every 2-3 hours. Take naps, relax, and congratulations!
Post # 3
I have no words of advice, but I’m right there with you. 16 weeks and I still need 9-10h per night to make it through the day.
Post # 4
The subject line for this post really made me smile – yes, being exhausted in pregnancy is totally normal, even in the so-called “golden” second trimester! Your body is producing a little human being!
Try and rest as much as you can, do a little light exercise if possible (I’m a totally hypocrite for saying this as I’ve been so lazy!), keep hydrated and eat well. Unfortunately it’s just one of those pregnancy symptoms that you have to tough out.
Also, remember that everyone’s pregnancies are different: some people feel great in the second trimester, some feel rough all the way through, some are still throwing up in the third trimester, some (like me) are lucky enough to not throw up once during their whole pregnancies. So just because people say to you “At this stage, you should be feeling this” doesn’t mean they’ll be correct when it comes to your individual pregnancy. xx
Post # 5
Yep totally normal. You’re growing a human, that is exhausting.
Take the time to rest that you need and try not to feel guilty about doing it.
Post # 6
Totally normal! I’d take naps in the car, and on days I carpooled with my husband and didn’t have my car, I’d hunt around for empty conference rooms and book them for naps. 🙂
Also, I went to bed 2 hours earlier than my norm. It’s hard work, this baby building business! Congrats!! 🙂
Post # 7
I think this is completely normal and fwiw my “first trimester” symptoms didn’t go away until 22 weeks. For peace of mind you might want to have your iron tested. Especially if you’re taking gummy prenatal vitamins as those don’t have iron in them.
Other than that just go easy on yourself. You’re growing a human!
Post # 8
It can be normal but you should also get your iron levels checked in case it’s something fixable like that and you can get an iron shot or take some supplements and feel better!
Post # 9
Congrats on your 1st little one to be!! Feeling tired with all those new hormones can really zap it out of you. Agree with others. Nap a lot, drink a lot of water…but if you feel completely exhausted I’d make sure your blood iron levels are within normal range. A lot of women are anemic and it hits hard once you’re pregnant.
Brain fog was a big issue for me. I have to be very alert in my line of work so i took choline supplements and they really helped. If you’re not onto supplements eat a lot of eggs!
Post # 10
Yes I second getting iron levels checked!
Post # 11
When I was insanely tired in pregnancy I was anaemic and had to go on fairly heavy duty iron tablets. It may be worth getting your levels checked if you’re concerned.
Post # 12
Yes!!! I’ve been tired a lot this pregnancy. 36 weeks now, and am in Australia where the heat has been sweltering this summer, so that doesn’t help. Also my blood test showed I have low iron so needed to start taking iron tablets. Have you had yours checked recently?
Post # 13
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get your iron checked. Pregnant women need 36mg of iron daily, anemic pregnant women need way more. Make sure you’re getting 2000iu of vitamin d and 300mcg of iodine as well.
Post # 14
Yep, completely normal.
I was very lucky and had hardly any morning sickness but I was not expecting to be as tired as I was, especially during the second trimester when everyone told me I would get my energy back. My doctor recommended a prenatal with iron and it make a huge difference. I also would take naps, usually just a half hour-45 minute cat nap, or if I didn’t sleep, just resting helped.
My daughter is 5 weeks old now and the sleep deprivation is real. I’m looking forward to feeling like myself again.
Post # 15
Very normal. Some days i am so tired I fall asleep the moment I hit the pillow …at 8 pm.