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Fatigue and Concerns about Continuing Work

Why am I so tired

Your body is in the process of creating a baby.  In the first trimester, it is working extra hard to manufacture your baby's life support system (the placenta). It also needs to adjust to other physical changes and emotional demands. Under such circumstances, fatigue is natural.

A word of advice: Before the baby arrives, baby yourself and let others baby you.

How do I combat fatigue

The best way to get some extra sleep is to turn in an hour earlier and not rush into the day. Lounge around, rather than running off on errands all day long. A deficiency of calories in terms of iron and protein can cause fatigue - so it is best to check that you are eating in proportion to the increased requirements of your body.  But don't indulge in temporary lifts through sweets or caffeine.  Also 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.

Will I be able to continue working

Once the placenta has completely been developed and your body has adjusted to these 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, since 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.


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