The Fatigue Factor

Feeling exceptionally exhausted is a common early-pregnancy symptom. Here's how to manage when you feel less than spunky.

The good news is that you'll feel much more energetic by the start of your 2nd trimester. The bad news? You're going to be very tired until then. Tasks that used to take you minutes seem to drag on forever. Why? Your body is concentrating on the important task of creating your baby, and that puts tremendous demands on it, especially during the 1st trimester. Because your body is working so hard, you are likely to feel fatigued. In fact you may need as much as 10 or 11 hours of sleep each night in order to feel refreshed.

When fatigue strikes, listen to your body. Go to bed early at night, sleep late in the morning, and take naps in the afternoons. If you work and can't get naps on weekdays, set aside time for extra sleep on the weekends. You may feel like a hibernating bear, but that's both normal and common.

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Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.

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