Pregnant and Tired – Why Does Pregnancy Make Me So Tired?


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One of the first signs that you are pregnant maybe the fatigue you are experiencing. If you are used to working and being “on” all day, during pregnancy, 7:00 pm is already late, and you look forward to getting into bed.

Your new status is being pregnant and tired. You keep asking yourself, “Why does pregnancy make me so tired?” I still remember, or rather have a hard time forgetting, how at the beginning of my pregnancy, I found myself laid out on the couch at times that on “normal days,” I was still at my peak. It’s hard to believe how “something so small” causes such great fatigue.

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Pregnant and Tired

Why does pregnancy make me so tired?

Fatigue, mainly associated with the first trimester of pregnancy (but some women will experience it throughout pregnancy), results from two significant changes in their bodies.

The first is the powerful hormonal change caused by progesterone.

The second factor is the extra effort that the body goes through to get used to the new miracle within it. This is what makes the combination pregnant and tired.

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Pregnancy causes many changes in our body, including hormonal changes, and especially the hormone progesterone. Moreover, the amount of blood in our body increases and the heart is working harder to which it was not accustomed. The mother’s diet can also affect the state of fatigue.

Additionally, in the advanced stage of pregnancy, the abdomen can interfere with finding the proper sleeping position, making it difficult for you to fall asleep.

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Sleep sweating is also a familiar phenomenon in pregnancy that can interfere with your sleep.

It is only natural that you will feel tired during pregnancy because your body adapts to the storm of hormones that washes it, in addition to the physical changes that continue to take place right up until the time of your birth. It is part of a variety of pregnancy signs that you will feel until birth. Fatigue can come in waves throughout the three trimesters of pregnancy: you may feel more tired in one month and energetic in the following month. You may get some days or even weeks of rest,  from the status of pregnant and tired, and won’t feel So tired all the time, but the fatigue will escort you pretty much during the whole pregnancy.

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Does being so tired all the time in pregnancy indicate a problem?

As mentioned, fatigue in pregnancy is a normal and natural feeling that does not harm your health or fetus. This is true even if the fatigue does not go away after the 14th week. However, there are cases where fatigue and extreme weakness in pregnancy can indicate anemia caused by not consuming a sufficient amount of iron.

If you feel ongoing fatigue or weakness during pregnancy that interferes with your proper functioning, you should consult your doctor. Even if you try to rest and maintain a proper diet, you should discuss with your doctor and a simple blood test will find out if you have anemia that causes extreme fatigue.

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During pregnancy, hormonal changes in the body can cause depression, which sometimes manifests in a strong desire to sleep. So it is natural to be pregnant and tired. If fatigue is also accompanied by negative thoughts, fears, or a bad mood, you should tell these feelings to the doctor who accompanies your pregnancy.

Why does pregnancy make me so tired?

First Trimester – Pregnant and Tired

In the first trimester of pregnancy, your progesterone level may be very high suddenly. It can make you feel sleepy. Your metabolism is accelerated, and the body burns more energy due to your fetus.. This, too, can contribute to fatigue in early pregnancy. Usually, your blood pressure will be lower, and your body will produce more blood. These are processes that can deplete your energy. At this point, you are also on an “emotional roller coaster,” and this also contributes to fatigue.

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In addition to hormones that make you feel exhausted, pregnancy symptoms can also affect your sleep. For example, morning sickness (they can also come at night)

Second Trimester – It is not so bad….

The second trimester of your pregnancy is the most functional trimester. This is because your body has already adapted to the hormones of pregnancy. As a result, most women feel less tired in the second trimester. Although fatigue or weakness in pregnancy usually disappears at this point, you may still feel mild fatigue often, which is perfectly normal. Listen to your body and try to rest when you feel tired and weak.

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Trimester- So tired all the time

In the third trimester, fatigue returns and becomes even more severe. It is totally logical if you feel tired all the time due to abdominal bloating, along with symptoms such as back pain and anxiety, may lead to insomnia. The pressure on the bladder can also cause you to get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night and interfere with quality sleep. During this trimester, you may feel pregnant and extremely tired.

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Why does pregnancy make me so tired?

Pregnant and tired – What can I do?

1. Listen to your body

You know best what your body needs. So, listen to your body and try to give him the sleep or rest he needs.

2. Reducing the load

If you both work full time and are responsible for much houskeeping – it’s time to get help and relax a little. For example, you can do the shopping through deliveries, and if you can afford it, get help with all the household chores, or your spouse will take a more significant part in the household chores.

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3. Maintain a sleep routine

Try to get into bed at night and get up in the morning at the same hours every day. Regular sleeping hours are a recipe for better sleep. Of course, if you feel you need more rest, you can always take a nap during the day. Even a half-hour nap and even sitting with your legs up will help you recover a little. However, try very hard to sleep at least eight hours a night.

4. Nutrition

Maintain a stable sugar level by regularly eating (without skipping any meal). Your diet should be as rich as possible in proteins (meat, fish, eggs, milk) and carbohydrates (grains, legumes). The proteins will provide essential nutrients for the baby’s development, and the carbohydrates will give you energy. In addition, it is necessary to reduce sweet foods. If you have an intense craving for a salty snack, try replacing it with a healthy snack. Weakness in pregnancy and fatigue are sometimes associated with iron deficiency, so you should eat many foods rich in protein and iron. In addition, consuming vitamins from fruits, vegetables, eggs, nuts, and various whole foods can help you maintain a high energy level throughout the day. Keep in your bag whole wheat snacks, a bag with dried fruits, nuts, and seeds, which, if necessary, you can snack on and provide you with the energy you need.

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5. Drink water

Be sure to drink plenty of water. So that a few hours do not pass without drinking – leave the water bottle next to you. Another option is to scatter a few small bottles in different rooms at home and in the office to remind you that you need to drink. Try to avoid or reduce caffeinated beverages. Reducing  the amount of drinking in the evening to avoid running to the bathroom at night. Of course, drinking alcohol is out of bounds!

6. Exercise

Exercise is essential at every stage of life, but some women cannot do vigorous activities like running or aerobic exercise during pregnancy. Studies show that moderate activity such as walking or yoga classes – helps improve the feeling even in cases of pregnancy fatigue. A routine of exercise can give you a burst of energy. Talk to your medical staff about options for proper activity during pregnancy.

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7. Stretching

While working in the office, try to take an occasional break and do some stretching exercises that will help wake up the body by improving blood circulation and relieving the cumulative load in the lower back.

8. Breathing exercises

Exercises that include deep breathing flow more oxygen to the body. As a result, you will feel more alert.

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9. Regular alternative treatments

Chinese medicine can help deal with pregnancy fatigue in several ways, including acupuncture, moxibustion heating, shiatsu.

In Conclusion

Fatigue in pregnancy is a natural and normal phenomenon.

You can help yourself deal with fatigue with the help of rest, a healthy diet, moderate exercise, alternative therapies, and more. Not only is your body going through a variety of changes, but your head is also busy thinking about meeting the little one to come and preparing the house for it. Therefore, it is very natural for you to feel tired. However, if you are concerned about fatigue or weakness, it is advisable to consult your doctor.

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