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Fatigue in first trimester

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AnythingNotEverything Tue 26-Mar-13 12:18:12

Hello all,

I hope to tap into you mn wisdom toget advice on my tiredness ...

I'm 11 weeks with my second dc, although ds was a millennium baby so I'm not chasing/wrangling a toddler all day thankfully!

I feel really tired, almost all the time. Is this normal? I've got no ms and am definitely eating for two ... But I'm shattered all the time. I do work full time and commute an hour each way, but by the time I get home I'm only good for beaching on the sofa. I feel ok between about 7am and 11am, and then I start to slip down again.

Is it normal to be this tired this early? Dh thinks I should sit less and do more (because you feel worse if you just sit around), but I just don't feel I've got the energy.

I'm worried it could be anaemia ... Or maybe I'm a hypochondriac!

Advice, tips, tricks or sympathy will be gratefully received!


AmandaPayntedEgg Thu 28-Mar-13 13:36:09

I was like you. I described it to DH that I once stood at the bottom of the stairs and seriously considered going to bed right there because climbing them felt as impossible as scaling everest!

In both cases, thankfully it lifted around 12-13 weeks, so you might be on the home stretch. smile

reastie Thu 28-Mar-13 13:31:08

No offence to your DH, but he has no clue how exhausting it is on your body to be pg! For me walking to the loo several times a day was enough to make me feel exhausted. It's not even exhaustion though is it? It's like a whole new breed of super exhaustion! I've never experienced anything like it before or since. It's akin of feeling like you've run a marathon, had no sleep for a month, and have the flu all at the same time non stop all the time. Just go with how your feeling and ignore DH when he tells you to keep going, it's your body telling you to rest.

QuiltySecrets Thu 28-Mar-13 13:11:07

I'm 6 weeks with dc2 and I'm freaking knackered. Not sure how I'm going to manage this. I've planned as many working from home days as I can but think I might have to tell my boss sooner than I'd have liked cos I am USELESS at the moment. Feel bad that dd (17 months) is watching so much cbeebies. 1st trimester is definitely the worst!

QuietNinjaTardis Wed 27-Mar-13 18:36:49

You're growing a baby! Of course you're bloody tired. You building a whole new person and your body is working overtime. Your heart rate is faster, you've got a higher blood volume. I'm 4 weeks and already feeling more tired. Tell your dp to make use of any pregnancy books you've bought and get clued up.

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Wed 27-Mar-13 18:16:21

I feel your pain. I am constantly knackered. Was off sick on Thur & Fri due to fatigue. Dd had a stinking cold and kept me up two nights in a row.

I would normally cope but this just wiped me out.

PinkApple86 Wed 27-Mar-13 17:55:50

I totally sympathise. In the first trimester I was working full time and in bed by 8pm. We had oven pizza for dinner all the time as I could barely cook when I got home. I'm 15 weeks now and energy levels are picking back up and sickness stopping. Now I've got spots and my trousers don't do up. lol.

honey86 Wed 27-Mar-13 16:37:49

agree with saundy, im like that with the sitting. god im so tired sad x

smartdoodle Wed 27-Mar-13 15:34:23

I'm so tired all the time! I'm currently 7 weeks and could quite happily sleep for the next 7 ish months!
Luckily not had any other symptoms (slight sickness) but the tiredness has really hit me. I also keep getting colds!
House looks like a bombs hit as i just haven't got the energy to clean everyday and hubby works long hours so the important stuff gets done and the rest left for the weekend when i dont have to go to work!

GreatSoprendo Wed 27-Mar-13 07:16:42

I was just the same in the first trimester and would often go straight to bed when I got home from work at 7pm! I honestly have more staying power now at 39 weeks pregnant than I did at 8-14 weeks grin

Be kind to yourself and take a rest when you need it.

Saundy Wed 27-Mar-13 06:51:40

DP is great, much more understanding than I probably would be. I appreciate him so much more than I did, he's made all the difference.

CitizenOscar Tue 26-Mar-13 22:33:13

Completely normal! You're creating a baby in there! All the building blocks of a baby are being created basically out of nothing. Just because you (and DH) can't see anything from the outside, please don't underestimate the hard work that's going on in there.

crazyhead Tue 26-Mar-13 19:59:56

I'm 8-9 weeks with DC2 and feel crap - three colds so far this pg from toddler, constant nausea, full time job and building work don't conspire to help fatigue. Basically my sympathies, it is awful. And the worst thing is not even knowing till 12 weeks whether the pg is viable yet.

AnythingNotEverything Tue 26-Mar-13 14:41:08

Yes yes, blood test at booking appointment ... Except they didn't take any blood at my booking appointment.

I'm back with midwife next Friday so I'll talk to her and her hundreds of students then.

So nice to hear this is normal!

badguider Tue 26-Mar-13 14:25:35

I slept almost continually from weeks 6-9 and still need naps sometimes at 16 weeks. Your body is doing tons of stuff inside in the first trimester and it's totally normal to be really really tired.

BUT, you could be anaemic, they will have tested the blood you gave at your booking in appointment so you can phone your MW and ask for the results to set your mind at ease (and eat lots of steak and spinach in the meantime).

chroniclackofimagination Tue 26-Mar-13 14:24:14

God I'll never forget the exhaustion of the first trimester! Both times I was just wiped out for weeks. Totally normal, just try to rest as much as you can. Mine got better at about 16/17 weeks and I felt amazing in the second trimester.

rrreow Tue 26-Mar-13 14:22:41

Yes this is normal! Especially with DS1 I had this completely debilitating fatigue in my first trimester. I would get out of bed (after a good sleep, 10 hours or so), have a shower and get dressed and by the end of that I would be absolutely shattered. The tiredness seemed unreal, not related to anything.

But hopefully because you're 11w it'll start easing off soon. You might still feel tired, but a more natural tiredness just from doing stuff (although you ARE doing stuff at the moment: growing a baby!).

GladbagsGold Tue 26-Mar-13 14:20:19

I would rather go through labour 10 times than the first trimester. I was absolutely beyond tired, especially 2nd time round. It makes me cross that there isn't a better word for it, because people just don't understand the exhaustion. Especially when you don't look particularly different. Then once you have a bump 'it becomes real for other people' well bully for them its been bloody knackering for the mother since the start!

Sympathies, and congratulations too of course.

SeriousStuff Tue 26-Mar-13 14:09:50

Don't know what I would do without my DH (although I do get the odd 'lazy' sly remark!) He's pretty good at taking over jobs round the house, including the cooking.

AnythingNotEverything Tue 26-Mar-13 14:06:17

Butterfly, I like your style.

I'm trying to mange one more thing when I get home each day, and luckily I'm not cooking. DS' 13th birthday is the biggie at the moment.

Hope everyone is getting lots of supports from family/friends/their significant other.

butterflyexperience Tue 26-Mar-13 13:52:41

Sit more and do less!
That fatigue is a bitch, and you work full time.
Get home, eat dinner then bed!

Kelly1814 Tue 26-Mar-13 13:29:30

luckyowl28 that's funny about the drinking thing - i have been so tired i feel as if i'm slurring too some days.

some days am completely fine, others i cannot keep my eyes open. working 14 hour days really doesn't help either.

i'm trying to 'stock up' on rest at the weekends when i do very little!

LuckyOwl28 Tue 26-Mar-13 13:16:24

I was so tired between 5-12 weeks!

I left work without any shoes on one day, was so out of it!

Also sustained several burn and slice injuries whilst cooking tea as could barely stand up.

Husband even accused me of drinking on the sly a few times as I was slurring my words so much through tiredness!

So can definitely empathise! Hope it passes soon for you xx

AnythingNotEverything Tue 26-Mar-13 12:57:24

Oh dear. Sympathy all round!

I'll stop worrying about anaemia then and maybe show my dh this thread. He hasn't done this before and think he's struggling to understand how knackering growing a baby is!

Hopefully it'll pass in a week or so ...

SeriousStuff Tue 26-Mar-13 12:48:18

I can empathise! After dragging myself from bed, I'm great from about 8 - 12, but after that I have to nap. Luckily I work from home but I have unfortunately had 3 hour naps (sleeping through alarm) at lunchtime before now. But at night, no matter how tired I am I just can't get to sleep easily!

It means I'm behind on a lot of my work - before pg, if I needed to pull a late one, I could have a small nap early evening then I'd be able to power through but I just can't manage it anymore.

Lj8893 Tue 26-Mar-13 12:42:57

I'm exactly the same!! I have a good night sleep and I'm still shattered when I wake up, by the time I've got to work I've woken up a bit but that only lasts about an hour!
By the time I've had my lunch I'm ready for bed haha.

Oh and I have 2 flights of stairs to walk up when I get to work in the morning, they are killing me!!!!

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