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:
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
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