Really Tired During Pregnancy… Is This Normal?

posted 10 months ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
541 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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
146 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

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
400 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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
2904 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
707 posts
Busy bee

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
126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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
45 posts
  • Wedding: February 2016

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
1391 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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!

Good luck!

Post # 10
39 posts
  • Wedding: January 2019

Yes I second getting iron levels checked! 

Post # 11
2529 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
521 posts
Busy bee

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
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2007 - City, State

olivebutton :  yes, BUT…

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
2913 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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
1662 posts
Bumble bee

Very normal. Some days i am so tired I fall asleep the moment I hit the pillow …at 8 pm.

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