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How do I Deal with Fatigue During Pregnancy?

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The process of growing new life can be tiring, which is why fatigue during pregnancy is one of the most common complaints from pregnant women. A lack of energy may be expected during this process, but it is still difficult to deal with it, especially for women who work or have other children. Fortunately, there are a few ways to combat extreme fatigue during pregnancy, including sleeping whenever possible, exercising, and asking for help from others.

Many women are particularly exhausted during the first and third trimesters, but sudden fatigue during pregnancy can really strike at any time. If you feel tired much earlier at night than you used to, give yourself a break and go to bed early. You should get used to the idea of not staying out as late as you used to, or recording your favorite late-night shows and watching them the following day instead. If you feel tired throughout the day, you should take a nap when possible, as even a 20-minute nap can help immensely. If you have children, you should nap when they do, and if you have a job, consider sleeping for part of your lunch break if this is possible.

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Exercise is probably the last thing on your mind when you are dealing with fatigue during pregnancy, but it can actually help reduce exhaustion. You will likely get a burst of energy, whether you go to the gym for an hour a day, or just take a walk around the block. This is due to increased blood circulation and the release of endorphins. Also, if you are having trouble sleeping at night as is common in the third trimester, exercising early in the day should cause you to be tired enough at night to fall right asleep.

Though pregnancy can be difficult, it is likely that more people are willing to help you now than ever before. You should take advantage of their offers of help, as few women can fully keep up their typical lifestyle during pregnancy. Just keeping the house clean can be exhausting enough to lead to extreme fatigue during pregnancy, especially if you also have children or a full-time job. This is one task that a partner, family member, friend, or maid can help you with, so feel free to outsource your chores. It is only temporary, and you will likely feel much more relaxed, healthy, and able to enjoy your pregnancy when you get a little assistance from others.

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stoneMason
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@ddljohn-- You need to prioritize your tasks and make your husband or parents do stuff. I'm in the third trimester of my pregnancy and that's what I do. If I cook one day, my husband does the next.

turquoise
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@ddljohn-- Fatigue during early pregnancy was the worst for me. I know exactly how you feel, but don't beat yourself up about it. It's normal and you will get used to feeling that way.

I remember that staying hydrated and taking my vitamins helped a lot with fatigue during my pregnancy. I think sometimes I was feeling dazed out because I wasn't drinking enough water.

Pregnancy also tends to diminish our vitamins and minerals because it's being used by the baby. Fatigue is a symptom of vitamin and mineral deficiencies. So make sure to take your iron supplements and other vitamins and minerals as recommended by your doctor.

ddljohn
Post 1

I'm eight weeks pregnant and the fatigue has started just recently. I'm normally a very energetic person so I'm having a lot of difficulty adapting to this.

I seem to want to sleep all the time and I've been ignoring my house chores. I have no idea how I'm going to manage like this for the rest of my pregnancy.

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