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Fatigue During Pregnancy

How to Cope


Updated July 17, 2014

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Fatigue during pregnancy is something that many women do not really expect until the end of the last trimester. But truthfully, pregnancy fatigue can be an early pregnancy symptom. One of the biggest complaints about the first trimester is how tired you can be.

Let me be clear, pregnancy fatigue is not simply the feeling of being a bit groggy when you wake up, some women feel like they could fall asleep all the time. I remember laying down for a nap at noon, waking up at six for dinner and immediately going back to bed and sleeping for a full night. It is something that can seriously impair your life.

The good news is that the first trimester seems to bear the brunt of this pregnancy symptom. Pregnancy fatigue can start around the same time that you would take a pregnancy test and start clearing up by the beginning of the second trimester. While the vast majority of pregnant will again feel tired in the last trimester, it is typically not as severe as in early pregnancy.

There are a couple of things that you can to do to help combat the extreme fatigue and tiredness:

  • Take a short nap when you can, but not too long.
  • Go to bed at the same time every night.
  • Get up at roughly the same time every day.
  • Exercise daily, but not after dinner.
  • Avoid caffeine.
  • Check your nutrition.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Get checked for anemia.

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