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Fatigue

Why am I so tired

Your body is in the process of creating a baby. It is working hard manufacturing your baby's life support system (the placenta) in the first trimester. (Some experts compare the physical demands on your body in the first trimester to be the same as climbing a steep hill).  Your body also needs to adjust to other physical changes and emotional demands. Under such circumstances, fatigue is only natural. A word of advice: Before the baby arrives, baby yourself and let others baby you.
 

Will I be able to continue working

Once the placenta has completely been developed and your body has adjusted to the changes, your energy levels will automatically rise. This usually happens by the 4th month. Until then, it is advisable to take it easy and work fewer hours. Maybe you could take a couple of days off in a week.  If your pregnancy is progressing normally, there is no reason to discontinue. In fact, it will prove beneficial as you will remain happy and less anxious if you are occupied. But if fatigue is severe and you suffer from breathlessness, pallor, palpitations and fainting, it is absolutely essential to report this to your gynaecologist immediately. Take it easy.
 

How do I combat fatigue

The best way is to get some extra sleep i.e. turn in an hour earlier and don't rush into the day. Let yourself lounge around.  A deficiency of calories in terms of iron & protein can cause fatigue - so it is best to check that you are eating in proportion to the increased requirements of your body. Don't indulge in temporary lifts through sweets or caffeine.  Avoid stressful situations in your environment and head for a calm relaxed atmosphere. Sometimes too much rest also causes fatigue, so include some light exercises in your daily routine e.g. a good brisk walk.


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