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Pregnancy Makes You Tired

Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Pregnancy Is Exhausting

In my first trimester of pregnancy, I sat at work in the middle of the afternoon with heavy eyelids and low energy. I had heard that expectant women were more lethargic, but it was like I was drugged for three straight months.

To find out more about my lazy days,


I escaped morning sickness, but every afternoon when I came home from work, I fell asleep. I would wake up three hours later, cook dinner, eat, and go straight to bed for another twelve hours. After the 13th week, luckily I was back to my energetic self.

Apparently cultivating a child involves some hibernation on mama's part. And looking back, I envy that sleep pattern.

If I am fortunate to have more babies, I don't know how I'll juggle a toddler when sleepy eyes strike again. I guess (and hope) that Wonder Woman powers will kick in and get me through it.


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lorioz lorioz 9 years
I'm now in my seventh month, and the first three were the worst, between the exhustion and the morning sickness. I'm glad it is almost over now!
macneil macneil 9 years
I was pregnant a few months ago (and lost the baby) when my baby was just over a year old. It was so exhausting. I'm trying again, but my toddler has even more energy and the whole idea is really scary. And I got the worst morning sickness, and the first time I was sick with my second pregnancy, my daughter heard me and wouldn't stop crying. I want it more than anything, but am so worried about coping.
kathleenie kathleenie 9 years
I was so tired in month 2 that I didn't think I could drive, wouldn't use a sharp knife in the kitchen, pretty much couldn't take care of myself at all. I slept 18 hours a few days, and 13 pretty often. I had hoped it would dissolve at week 12, but it faded slowly throughout the 4th month. At 5 months now, I sleep 10 hours a night... thank goodness my husband can cook!
milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
Oh sheesh when I was in my 1st trimester I would drive 30mins to work and then take a 15min nap in my car before going in because I couldn't keep my eyes open. I was struggling just to stay awake on the road. Especially when the sun was glaring through the windshield. But thankfully I did. I too took a nap every afternoon when I got off of work. Boy I can't do that now. I miss it.
MotoLinz MotoLinz 9 years
I was so exhausted in my first trimester that I sat down in the shower to wash my hair. It was just too taxing to stand up AND raise my arms above my head.
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
with both my pregnancies its the only symptom I get...exhaustion! I have never had morning sickness or even much breast tenderness. With my first I could wake up at 7AM, take a nap by noon and be in bed for the night by 8PM at the latest. With my 2nd it was even worse and I had a toddler too. I would nap when she did though.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
Nap all you can Rhiannon. It's the only time you'll get away with it ;)
Rhiannon Rhiannon 9 years
I am going through this right now, as I yawn at my desk. I am 10 weeks pregnant, and I have been shocked by how tired I have been. By 3pm every day, I feel like I could fall asleep standing up. I hope it goes away in the next couple of weeks. I have been taking naps whenever I can, it makes a huge difference.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
I too was exhausted my first trimester. Same as Jen, I'd come home from work, lay on the couch and fall asleep. I think my husband ate frozen pizza for a long time. I couldn't seem to go to the gym, cook or do laundry. Luckily hubby's a great helper.
schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
I was only really tired around week 6 of my pregnancy, which unfortunately, was when we were in San Francisco and out and about and up late at night. My husband was there for a conference and I remember nearly falling asleep at the mall by myself. I kept having to sit down in the chairs in the center. Of course, no one knew I was pregnant at that time (I was even in denial), so I think his colleagues kept wondering what was wrong with me. Heh. But otherwise, I wasn't ever super tired. It also helped that I wasn't working, had no kids, and could pretty much do whatever I wanted. Sometimes I miss those days!
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
With my first, I did the same thing. I came home from work and curled up with the dogs and went to sleep. With my second, I ended up napping when my first napped. But, I didn't feel like I was nearly as tired as I was the first time around. Maybe I was just more used to sleep deprivation... :rotfl:
nancita nancita 9 years
Wow, good to know. That is a lot of sleeping! Makes sense though...I guess it takes more energy to support a growing baby.
cbgmick cbgmick 9 years
I was able to plug through the 1st tri. exhaustion w/ my preschooler much more easily than the end of my pregnancy (where I am now!!!) I think if you don't have the ability to take the nap, sit, relax, etc. your body just somehow copes! I also am learning to let some stuff go --- ended work a little earlier than I would have otherwise, not so anal about cooking / cleaning, which helps. Wonder Woman be damned!!
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