Most women struggle with feeling very tired when they are pregnant. This tiredness, or fatigue, is most common during
the first and third trimesters.
During the first trimester, the fetus is growing quickly. Your body is producing higher levels of progesterone. This hormone has been linked to increased
If you’re like many women, you’ll feel more energy during most of
your second trimester. Later in pregnancy, though, your body is dealing with the physical demands of
carrying a larger fetus. And you probably won’t sleep as well. All of this can tire you
To manage this fatigue:
Try to take lots of rest breaks during the day.
Scale back on any activities and duties that aren’t required.
Get regular exercise. Go outside, take walks, or keep your blood
moving with your favorite workout. But if you don’t have your usual energy, don’t
Eat a balanced diet. And make sure to drink plenty of water.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD – Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD – Family Medicine Adam Husney, MD – Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD – Obstetrics and Gynecology