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Dealing with the first trimester

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MiniBump2017 Sat 11-Feb-17 06:29:07

How have others dealt with this? I'm constantly tired by early afternoon, and frequently feel light headed/dizzy

I haven't told anyone at work yet (only 6 weeks in) but feel awful at my desk in the afternoons. I manage to work from home 1 day a week but the afternoons and evening commute (1 hour) are taking their toll

Should I tell work earlier? What else can I do?

Thanks for your suggestions

ighinici Sat 11-Feb-17 07:41:03

it does go away. try and hang in there keeping in mind that by about 14w it gets better. and by about 16w you'll wonder how you managed through those awful weeks.

it does get better. but if you find it unbearable, then telling work is ofc an option, depending on how nice your work colleagues are

Sparklyuggs Sat 11-Feb-17 08:06:11

I'm a student so slightly different but I told my tutor early on due to safety (lab based subject) and it meant I had a bit of leeway.

Try to rest as much as possible outside of work, I was a complete social hermit for 12 weeks. Do you have nausea and vomiting?

mummabubs Sat 11-Feb-17 08:36:13

I have a one hour driving commute to and from work and ended up telling my boss a few days ago (at 6 weeks) because I was exhausted in the afternoons and struggling more with the commute (still am!) She was very supportive and appreciated that whilst it's early days I might still need some understanding when I need things repeated to me several times/ not be overloaded. X

jmariehac Sat 11-Feb-17 08:46:34

Same six weeks and could fall asleep when it bist 2 o clock tired xx

SuperManStoleMyPants Sat 11-Feb-17 08:52:43

I told my work around 6 weeks as I so ill and found some duties too much. I know lots of people wait until later but tbh it was easier to schedule appointments/relax some duties. Also everyone was so supportive that if anything went wrong I felt I would be looked after with understanding.

Good luck with the pregnancy, hang in there the tiredness will level off soon.

HN42 Sat 11-Feb-17 09:16:28

My advice would be tell your boss, I did at 4 weeks and then my colleagues suspected quite soon after as they could tell I wasn't my normal self. As I've found pregnancy really tough so far its meant I've had support and getting it off my chest that I was pregnant made me feel a lot less anxious at work.

The extreme tiredness does pass, I found I was struggling in the early afternoon from around 6 to 10 weeks. I would suggest though eating lots of snacks (especially if you start developing morning sickness) and I ate a lot of carbs as this helped keep away nausea but also gave me that energy I needed to get me through the afternoon.

Ookmybanana Sat 11-Feb-17 09:46:28

I told my work at 6 weeks as I had a long train commute and was finding the early train too much to deal with due to my morning sickness and my general feeling rotten all through the day.
They were lovely and supportive.

Helbelle75 Sat 11-Feb-17 10:15:00

I told my boss at 7 weeks. I work in a school, so needed a plan for if I needed to run to the loo! Unfortunately my tiredness has continued throughout, although I'm sure my job is the main reason for that. I tend to have a half hour snooze when I get home, so I can cope with the evening.

MiniBump2017 Sat 11-Feb-17 13:00:18

Thanks for all your messages. I'm hoping to last till at least 12 weeks because I really don't want to have to explain to everyone if something goes wrong.

I'm not sick (yet!), but I am constantly nauseous and the tube/train journeys are making me feel ill. I feel like a kid again suffering from motion sickness. Really hoping this will settle down...

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