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Pregnancy fatigue - how do you stay awake at work?

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firstimer30s · 11/12/2013 10:02

I'm 29 weeks and so tired at work I can barely be bothered to sit upright. Blush
Any tips??
(Early maternity leave not an option)

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GinGinGin · 11/12/2013 10:04

Lots of food to keep your energy up - I snacked every 2 hours and took a big box of cut up fruit which helped me avoid eating chocolate every 5 mins! Drink lots of water too. Oh and if you can, nap when you get home.

firstimer30s · 11/12/2013 10:11

Big box of fruit is a great idea! Thank you Smile
Love the name by the way

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GinGinGin · 11/12/2013 10:19

You'll have to wait a bit before you can have any Grin

CrispyFB · 11/12/2013 15:06

Learn the black art of falling asleep on the toilet Grin But obviously pick a time when you're not going to miss a meeting or something (best time is preferably when your boss is in one!)

Seriously though, a literally 5 minute nap will stop me falling asleep for the rest of the morning/afternoon sometimes even the day, and I'll be much more productive. So although it seems "naughty", in reality it works out better on balance.

Writerwannabe83 · 11/12/2013 15:30

I fell asleep in Training once Hmm

There were only 8 of us on the course in a very small room so it didn't go unnoticed Grin

tgamble13 · 11/12/2013 17:29

i got the doc to sign me off at 28 weeks for 6 weeks as was exhausted have only went back this week doing three day weeks until xmas eve then i start annual leave until mat leave yay! definately helped me to have that break.

Misty9 · 11/12/2013 22:08

I don't! I'm lucky to have my own office and I often shut the door, sit slumped in a soft chair and doze off for 10mins Shock Grin tbh, even if my boss saw me, he'd probably encourage it he's so pro-pregnancy adaptations!

I have also done the falling asleep on the toilet thing...

ZenNudist · 11/12/2013 22:19

I've been known to slump in the corner of the disabled toilet and use a wodge of hand towels to cushion my head and 'zone out' for five mins. When I really can't keep my eyes open at my desk any more.

livingzuid · 11/12/2013 22:20

I take a long tea break in the late afternoon around 3.30ish and that helps. Or we have a sick room where I can go lie down Grin I find it impossible to wake up in the morning thoug

livingzuid · 11/12/2013 22:21

Doh phone. Though so tend to sleep in and start late around 10.30.

PieceOfTheMoon · 11/12/2013 22:26

YY to sleeping in the toilet. I use to work from home a lot too and have a full on sleep at lunch time and during confra calls

firstimer30s · 11/12/2013 22:47

I have never tried this toilet sleeping! I did try to eat more food (and less junk) today and it really helped, especially in the morning

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Aaliyah1 · 11/12/2013 22:54

I thought I was the only one who did toilet sleeping! It was my guilty secret haha

Plateofcrumbs · 11/12/2013 23:06

I don't know how I'm going to cope with pregnancy and motherhood as I am prone to dropping off to sleep at the slightest provocation. I've been known to deploy the tactical toilet snooze (glad I'm in good company!). Getting blood moving helps me - walking up and downstairs for instance. Staying hydrated and eating little and often. Switching focus to different work if my brain as gone foggy - getting up and having a conversation is good. I can still fing my eyelids drooping uncontrollably on 8hrs sleep though so there is no hope for me

Misty9 · 11/12/2013 23:29

I should add, am about to leave current job and be full time at home again to 2.3yo...not sure he'll be such a forgiving boss!

firstimer30s · 13/12/2013 09:08

Thanks all. Am finding that eating little and often (ok, not that little) is helping. I am 30 weeks so not feeling starving all the time, as I had in the first two trimesters. I guess I haven't been eating enough as a result. Now remedied that!

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