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I'm 37, two DS (4 and 18 months); work two days a week in a job I love; am not usually woken during the nights anymore but have early starts (6am or just before most mornings).
am also learning to drive, for the past year, one lesson a week.
I do have a thyroid problem but this is under control, plus I'm not anaemic. I eat healthily (doing GI Diet to lose weight - am about 3 stone overweight, but GP says this wouldn't cause my tiredness), and go to bed by 10pm at the latest, often by 9pm.
but I am f**** knackered!
is this normal? what else can I do? GP (very sympathetic and sensible) says it is normal for mothers of pre-school children. but I'm finding it very debilitating, hardly any time for myself, plus DH is often disappointed that we are not spending more time together in the evenings...
thanks for any tips - or reassurance that I'm not some Woss-girl...
Me too. I only have one child (4.5) and work four days a week at a job I don't actively dislike. Am woken before six most mornings. Am so tired I can scarcely bear it. Haven't been to GP. Any advice gratefully received.
8 hrs unbroken sleep should be enough- can you have a lie-in at weekends though?
Take turns to see to DCs?
Exercise is the answer- try gentle jogging or fast walking for half an hour every day if you can manage it. Since I started exercising I have loads more energy and I am in my 50s. I also goto bed later and don't need quite as much sleep as I used to.
I do think your weight could be at the root of it- I know you are doing something about it, so don't take this the wrong way, but carrying 3 st is going to make you more tired anyway.
Are you sure your thyroid is really under control?
thanks for the tips - my mum recommends Metatone. Girl-next-door, you are right, the weight/lack of exercise/tiredness is a bit of a vicious circle. weight is coming off though, I lost 3 lbs (!) over one weekend of hard-child-care - lugging baby in buggy plus four-year-old on buggy board up and down hills! it is also a question of finding time for the exercise.
maybe metatone for the kickstart, then increasing the healthy life-style thanks for the tips
Bluestocking, might be worth going to the GP. my SIL (no kids) was in quite a bad way with tiredness, turned out to be anaemia (partly why I went to the GP, to discount this...)
thanks again ladies, and if anyone else has tips for me and bluestocking...
Time4tea, might be worth asking your gp to refer you to an endocrinologist to look at your thyroid... after many years struggling with my thyroid and being told all sorts of different things by different gps it became apparent that there are differing opinions on what is considered a "normal" thyroid level, and gps will often leave you on a dose of thyroxine that is taking you only just within the "normal" range whereas a specialist might recommend upping your dose to take you further into the range, if that makes any sense! Worth looking into anyway. It helped me.
From just reading your op I would say it's perfectly normal. Have no real advice either as I'm in the same boat. Just try to catch up on chilling/sleep whenever you can and make a date each week where you can have lie-in or time to yourself. Def do more exercise, forcing myself to get up at 6 when I'm knackered and having quick run/walk makes all the difference to energy levels. I'm so amazed at change in my mood I wonder why I don't force myself to do it more! Hmm....