Exhausted in the second trimester?

Kelly - posted on 05/22/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )




OK, folks, this is my first baby, and I don't have a lot of other women friends with children, so here's the question - is it normal to be so exhausted in the second trimester? I'm 18 weeks in, and at least one out of every seven days I have to sleep most of the day away. I'm scared, because I'm going to be a working breastfeeding mommy, and I fear I won't have the energy to care for my little one if I'm this pooped before its born!


Emily - posted on 07/06/2011




I feel the same way! I'm 20 weeks along and I am just so tired I sleep until the afternoon and I don't even mean to! You're deffinatly not the only one!

Karri - posted on 05/22/2009




You should have an iron test done at some point as a matter of routine. You can ask when that will be (I think it might be done when they do your GTT), and if it is a real concern, bump it up. Don't start taking extra iron without knowing for sure you need it!

However, do make sure you are taking your vitamins, eating well, drinking as much water as you can stand, and getting as much rest as you need at night. You might be getting uncomfortable sleeping at this point... I recommend a body pillow. The Snoogle is the best, IMHO... well worth the $$!

Remember, you are not only keeping on keeping on with your own business, but also gaining weight, which is going to make your daily activities more tiring, and growing a baby! Try to take it somewhat easy on yourself if you find yourself wiped out earlier than usual from time to time. Even when you are resting, your body is still working hard and doing some pretty intense stuff.

Hugs! It will get better!

Jeanne - posted on 05/22/2009




I was exhausted most of my second pregnancy but it was that I was running after a two year old. It could be that you are anemic.....ask your doctor if you should start taking iron supplements or if he wants to test for any other maladies.

Sara - posted on 05/22/2009




Yeah, it can be very normal - even if your iron levels are fine and you're taking vitamins, drinking water, and getting as much sleep as you can. I forget exactly when it hit me - seems like about 16 weeks or so, and it lasted at least a month. Just wanting/needing so much more sleep than "normal". Remember that your body is extra busy making a baby, and your body is starting to have to adjust to carrying around that baby - and the extra blood etc. Plus, most of us don't get the sleep we really need when it's just us (and no baby) and sometimes our bodies just have to do a reality check - I think if we all could listen to our bodies and sleep when we need it, we'd all be a lot healthier (I know - much easier said than done)

For me, it got a lot better after a month or so. Not sure if my body finally adjusted or what, but I was back to feeling ok again. Even as I got bigger and got less restful sleep, I was doing ok. Suddenly I didn't really seem to need as much sleep. Kinda fascinating how we adjust...

But if you're worried about needing too much sleep now, check with your Dr. - don't feel you need to wait for that next appt. Just call and speak with a nurse about your concerns and see if you can come in for bloodwork if it hasn't been done yet. Needing to sleep all day might be a bit of a red flag. Certainly don't add any meds or suppliments without checking with the Dr. first.

Rest up - you'll feel better in the morning. :-)

Lori - posted on 05/22/2009




your Iron counts can get low in pregnancy. i know when i was pregnant i was on an iron supplement. pregnancy can makes you amemic and you feel really tired. your dr should check a hemaglobin. and be sure you are taking your prenatal vitamins.

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Kelly - posted on 05/31/2009




I did get a Snoogle, and things are looking up! Next OB appt is Friday, so I'll ask about iron.

Rachael - posted on 05/22/2009




I was exhausted during this time as well! And I didn't have low iron levels or anything, just my body working extra hard making a baby! You will most likely get some energy back here shortly. It seemed like 20-24 weeks improved a lot with me. Just follow your body signs and rest!
I breastfed and stayed busy with a 3 yr. old and had enough energy after my second baby was born! Your body knows what it needs to do and when it needs to do it!!

Carys - posted on 05/22/2009




I was shattered until around 20 weeks. Don't worry about it too much. Your body is working a lot harder than usual, and needs to rest more.

Kelly - posted on 05/22/2009




That does seem unusual. Do you take vitamins? Eat well? Drink enough water? Sleep ok? Is it possible that you are not getting good rest in the bed at night for some reason? With my last pregnancy, I had to sleep most nights on the sofa because I was so uncomfortable in my bed, almost the entire pregnancy. Have you asked the doctor about it? I really think there must be some cause for this, so don't panic, I think you will be able to adjust for it and it will go away. Also, your body will do what it has to when the time comes. I think, no matter how tired you are, you will still wake up when the baby cries, etc. in other words. Just try every way you can to take care of yourself now, because no matter what, it really will be exhausting for the first few months. Every mother in the world goes through it, and it will be good, don't worry! It gets better, and no matter how rough it is while you are going through it, you will look back later and realize it did pass, and you survived it, and you probably will be ready to do it all again! Good luck!

Stephanie - posted on 05/22/2009




I was exhausted too. I talked to my doctor about it and he said my iron levels were low. I started taking iron pills and felt a little better. You can't take too much though.

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