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Fatigue in Pregnancy

Anyone who’s ever been pregnant knows that you just can’t ever get enough sleep!  You can sleep a full eight hours, take two naps, and still be ready to hit your pillow by 7:30 pm.   It’s like that tiny little bean-sized human is zapping every ounce of energy right out of you!

It can be frustrating when you can’t seem to manage what used to be normal life.  And rearranging your priorities and saying “no” to a few more things than normal can seem defeating.  But take heart new momma!  You’re not alone in this and you’re actually completely normal.fatigue

It’s important to remember that every woman is different, too.  I’ve had friends tell me they, “felt the best they’ve ever felt” while pregnant or during the second trimester they had “so much energy they felt invincible.”  But that’s not always the case and if you don’t get this Tigger-like energy, it doesn’t mean anything is wrong OR that you’re the only one spending more time with your couch than your partner or your best friend.

But you’re probably wondering how in the world that tiny human can actually zap all that energy.  Believe it or not, it’s more your changing body to blame that your actual sweet baby!

According to our nurse on staff here at Cross Roads, there are two probable culprits for your fatigue, however, your fatigue isn’t limited to only these two.  These include:

  1. Rising levels of a hormone called progesterone
  2. A hard working body that’s producing more blood in order to carry the essential nutrients to your baby

Think about it this way.  Your body is working overtime as it’s creating a new life inside you.  This is another reason why it’s so important to eat a balanced diet and take your prenatal vitamins. So make time for more rest, as your body just needs more of it right now!

If your fatigue is severe, we advise that you speak to your healthcare provider as the cause may be more severe than what is listed above.