Fatigue in Pregnancy

Fatigue

During your pregnancy it is common to be feeling tired or exhausted, especially in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. If you are naturally a very energetic person and then you are hit with fatigue (extreme tiredness) during pregnancy, it can be quite a surprise for you as you are hit with this difficult transition. You may find yourself sleeping double the amount you usually sleep in order to feel somewhat well rested. If you are not sleeping well at night and suffering from morning sickness with nausea and vomiting, this can take a toll on your body.

The hormone changes in your body play a big part in feeling drained. The hormone progesterone will rise quickly during the first trimester. The placenta is developing to supply oxygen rich blood to the fetus, this will make your body work harder by pumping your heart faster and stronger. Your pulse will increase.

Sleep patterns are changing when you are pregnant and find that you don’t have as much deep sleep anymore and wake up constantly at night. Maybe this is your body training you to be ready for when the baby is born and wakes at night.

During the second and third trimester you may feel tired as your body will have grown to carry the bump along with the extra weight, it can make it harder for you to get a good night sleep. Certain positions can be uncomfortable for you and then once you find a comfy position, your body tells you, yep, it’s time to go to the bathroom.

Feeling of extreme tiredness won’t harm the baby or yourself but it just makes life that little bit harder for you. Just try to get as much rest as you can. If family/friends offer to help you in anyway, try to accept their help. Put your feet up for a bit. You deserve it.