Wednesday, December 22, 2010

1st Trimester Fatigue

Alright so I find the first trimester the hardest time of pregnancy because of the onset of symptoms that can occur during this time.  Some folks get it real bad and others not so much... and lucky me I get to experience it all!

My previous blog focused on nausea.  I'll talk about fatigue next because that is usually the other huge give away!  I get soooo tired during this time.  During the day, it is hard to have energy to do the things I need to do.  Being at work and needing to interact with patients is one challenge but being home and chasing around a preschooler and toddler is another thing altogether!  I'm usually so spent that I have no desire/energy to do anything else at night after dinner except crash in my bed.  So my house is a complete mess and I'm so disorganized... which drives me nuts!

So how am I still up right now blogging?  Well,  I think I'm getting some energy back as I'm heading into my second trimester.  Noticed how I didn't blog at all in November?  Heh.  Most people will feel better by the second trimester... only to feel tired again by the third.

It is a challenge to feel so tired and needing sleep... but then having sleep interrupted at night from increased frequency of urination!  That of course is another common symptom in the first trimester.

So what to do about it?

-  may seem counter intuitive but exercise actually does help
-  small frequent meals with extra protein
-  eat healthy with lots of fruits and vegetables
-  decrease activities and cut out unnecessary activities that tire you out
-  get rest!  take a nap if you can
-  hang in there.. should improve in the 2nd trimester