fatigue - after having a baby and living with baby

LAURA - posted on 02/01/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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- does the fatigue get worse or lessen as baby gets bigger ?

- it seems you get fatigued so easily, when babys are only a few days old looking after them

- does this make you a bad mum ?

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Nicole - posted on 02/01/2010

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no completely normal. it gets better because they learn to sleep more and you just get used to it. i still once and awhile get exhausted, but i work full time and go to college. my babe is 3 months old and sleeps throughout the whole night. she gets up once. it will all smooth out dont worry.

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Leslie - posted on 02/01/2010

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Not at all! Being a mom takes so much energy physically, mentally, and emotionally. I know it's hard for us moms to ask for help ... but you can try to do that to catch up on sleep. Relatives and friends can help! Of course, when baby sleeps, try to sleep ... the laundry can wait ... I know that's hard to do!!! Vitamins and nutrition is important! Even if it's only once a week, try to set aside some time for yourself to just rest, sleep, relax! =) As the baby grows, he/she will eventually develop a pattern of sleep, that will help you gauge your sleep!!

Rebecca - posted on 02/01/2010

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No - normal!!! It is the most chronically exhausting job in the world, a fact only other mums truly understand. Don't expect it to change any time really soon - though it does get better as baby starts to sleep longer.

You need to manage your energy well - take care of yourself even though it doesn't feel like you have time! Put your feet up when you can, and don't have your standards set too high for housework unless you can afford someone to do it for you!

Christa - posted on 02/01/2010

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Laura,

Try taking the Vitality for Life vitamin packs from Melaleuca. I have 5 kids and within 3 days of taken them I noticed a HUGE increase in my energy level. No more naps for me. Love them!!

They even let you try them for 90 days and if you don't see a noticeable difference in your energy level they reimburse you for your vitamins.

Emma - posted on 02/01/2010

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You will get more use to the fatigue as you baby gets older. At least I did. My son still gets up 2-3 times a night and I don't feel as much as I used to. When he was first born he was up every hour lol Take time to rest, lie down or nap when baby is napping etc. Make sure you treat yourself once in a while, to still feel like a woman. You'll be fine.

Tanya - posted on 02/01/2010

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Not at all hun! My son is now 6 and a half months old, sleeping through the night, having solid two hour naps in the day. things get much easier, and itll happen sooner than later! in the meantime make sure to find a way to get out of the house or take that extra nap in the day! get someone who you trust to come watch the babe and treat yourself to a pedicure or manicure! :) congrats!

Trove - posted on 02/01/2010

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You're a normal mom. A great mom I am sure. Welcome to the world of utter exhaustion. Yes it does get better, just hold in there. My baby is six months and still wakes four times a night (not the norm) but I am handling it so much better now than in the beginning. Wow that first two weeks!!! I have never felt so tired! What ever you do dont wake baby for feeds at night, I did that in the beginning (advice from the nurses) and I am sure thats why he still doesnt go through the night. Baby will wake on his/her own if hungry. Congratulations on your new bundle of joy!!

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