Pregnancy Fatigue: Causes and How to Deal With It

Feeling tired during pregnancy is quite normal. Some of these include increased levels of estrogen & progesterone. Read this article to know more.
Pregnancy Fatigue: Causes and How to Deal With It

It is quite normal to feel fatigued during pregnancy and it usually develops during the first and then in the third trimester. Fatigue is the early symptom of pregnancy and you'll feel it all of a sudden.

In the first trimester, your body, moods, brain, sleep pattern, metabolism, physical appearance gets affected by the pregnancy hormones in an instant way.

During week 13 begins the second trimester and at that period women generally feel more energetic and can have the ability to perform various exercises.

Later during week 28, begins the third trimester and women feel extremely fatigue at that period.

Reason for Pregnancy tiredness:

Pregnancy triggers tiredness for the obvious reason that you're going to give birth to a human being.

You do experience hormonal changes but along with that certain emotional and physical changes also take place that makes you weak and eventually causes fatigues.

The changes are:

1. Estrogen and progesterone level increases.

2. Low blood pressure and blood sugar

3. Blood flow increases

4. Sleep disruptions

5. Digestion problems

6. Morning sickness

7. Anxiety and stress

8. Urinate frequently

10. Hip, pelvic and back pain

When to contact a doctor?

If certain conditions like insomnia, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, preeclampsia, etc are causing disruption in the sleep pattern then you must immediately consult a doctor.

Other reasons include:

Vision changes


Less frequent urination

Shortness of breath

Swelling in hands, feet, and ankles

Anaemia, gestational diabetes, depression.

The doctor can predict any issues and can suggest solutions to them.

What can be done?

Pregnancy has a great impact on your physical and emotional conditions. If you're observing any signs or symptoms then don't avoid it, better to take the help of a doctor. If you're not able to sleep maybe because of tiredness or any other reasons then don't go for any kind of medications without a doctors' prescription. Women who are expecting should need a lot of rest and should sleep for at least eight to seven hours. Sleep must be the topmost priority for pregnant women.

Tips for pregnancy fatigue:

Below are some tips mentioned that can help you fight pregnancy fatigue. They are as follows:

The bedroom must be clean, cold, and dark:

For a night of deep, undisrupted sleep, keep the bedroom dark with windows covered with curtains. Set the room temperature into the little cooler and keep the bed clean.

Take frequent naps:

Napping can help in reducing the risk of the baby's low birth weight. Regular naps can provide you with enough rest which could be disturbed at night for irritation and bathroom trips.

Eat healthily and keep yourself hydrated:

In the initial stage of pregnancy, you quite often feel tired because of the lower blood pressure and blood sugar. However, sleep deficiency can increase the blood sugar level which may result in gestational diabetes. It is compulsory to maintain energy and blood sugar in balance so have six small meals a day that is enriched in protein and nutrients and it can help to fight fatigue. You must drink sufficient water across the day to prevent leg cramps at night.

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