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    Fatigue During Pregnancy

    Fatigue During Pregnancy

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    Most women struggle with fatigue during pregnancy, especially during the first and third trimesters . During the first trimester, your body is supporting dynamic fetal growth and producing higher levels of progesterone , which 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, the physical demands of carrying a larger fetus, combined with disrupted sleep, can wear you out.

    To manage fatigue during pregnancy:

    • Try to take frequent rest breaks during the day.
    • Scale back on nonessential activities and responsibilities.
    • Get regular exercise-get outside, take walks, keep your blood moving with your favorite workout. If you don't have your usual energy, don't push it.
    • Eat a balanced diet, and drink plenty of water.

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    By Healthwise Staff
    Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
    Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Last Revised July 23, 2012

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