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Fatigue During Pregnancy

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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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Current as of: June 16, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology