If you’re exhausted during your pregnancy, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Especially during the first trimester of pregnancy, fatigue is one of the most common complaints doctors hear about. Your body is under constant strain, forming a new body within itself. This leads to a constant tired feeling, often to the point of utter exhaustion. Even women who usually need less sleep than average commonly find that they are going to bed early nearly every night.
A dramatic hormonal change occurs during pregnancy. Progesterone levels spike, and many doctors believe this hormone is responsible for many cases of excessive tiredness. Sleep disturbances, whether they’re caused by discomfort, or getting up to use the bathroom, can also contribute. Nausea and vomiting are hard on the body, and stress is hard on the mind. All these contributing factors put together can add up to one truly exhausted pregnant woman.
If you’re truly worried about your exhaustion, you should consult your doctor. A doctor can rule out any underlying conditions that may be causing your exhaustion. Anemia can rob you of energy, as can depression. Anemia can be remedied with supplements. Depression, while common during and after pregnancy, is more serious. If your doctor thinks you may be depressed, a referral to a psychologist may be in order. If your doctor doesn’t find anything wrong, however, you may have to accept that for many women, tiredness during pregnancy must simply be tolerated.
Your body is craving more sleep, so don’t hesitate to oblige. You can start by hitting the sheets an hour earlier than usual. Naps during the day can also help immensely. Even if you can only squeeze in a short, twenty minute power nap, you’ll be surprised at how refreshed you feel. If you work during the day, this can require some creativity, but it can be done. If you have an office, simply shut out distractions and rest your head. No office? No problem. Most offices have a lounge area, and they usually have at least once couched. Curl up and get your rest. Even your car can provide welcome relief. A quick nap in the backseat can refresh you.
Ensure optimal energy by eating right. Exercise, though you may not feel like it, can actually boost your energy throughout the day.
No matter how you deal with it, tiredness during pregnancy will pass. Rest assured that you’re not alone, and don’t be afraid to take time for yourself when you need it.
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