Topic Overview

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
tiredness.

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
out.

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
    force it.
  • Eat a balanced diet. And make sure to drink plenty of water.

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Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD – Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD – Family Medicine
Adam Husney, MD – Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Kirtly Jones, MD – Obstetrics and Gynecology

Current as ofMarch 16, 2017