Why you feel so tired and what you can do about it.

It’s impossible to even lift your head off the pillow, you're dragging your feet all day, and you can't wait to crawl into bed as soon as you arrive home at night. It’s normal for you to feel a tired when you’re pregnant — especially during the early months and in the weeks before birth.Pregnancy is sort of like running a marathon without having trained while carrying a backpack that weighs a little more every day! During the first trimester of pregnancy, a huge amount of energy goes into building a placenta. What's more, your body's metabolism has increased significantly. Besides, riding the emotional roller coaster of pregnancy can be exhausting.What you can do about it
  • Listen to your body. If you're tired, rest. Pace yourself, keeping your body's message in mind — and don't try to be super (expectant) mom.
  • Ask for help. Don't play the mother-to-be martyr. Let your partner know exactly how sapped you are, so he can do his fair share. If your friends or family ask if they can give you a hand, say yes — always!
  • Get more sleep. If you're perpetually sleepy, make a point of getting more - go to bed earlier, stay in bed later — or both.
  • Eat right. Eat enough protein and complex carbohydrates. Caffeine or sugar (or both) may seem like the perfect quick fix for an energy slump, but don't— the jolt they'll give you will be followed by a free-falling crash, making you feel more tired than ever.
  • Eat often. Like so many other pregnancy symptoms, fatigue responds well to the six-meal solution. Keeping your blood sugar on an even keel will help keep your energy steady, too.
  • Get a move on. The right amount of the right kind of exercise can be more rejuvenating than a sofa break. So take a hike or even a short brisk walk. Just don't overdo it — you want to finish up your workout feeling energized, not enervated.
If your fatigue is severe, or if you experience other symptoms like weakness, breathlessness, etc. see your doctor for treatment.
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