Why you feel tired AF when you’re pregnant
You probably expected to feel a lot of things during pregnancy. Excitement. Nervousness. Relief. “That glow” they talk about. But what’s the f*cking deal with this exhaustion?! Isn’t that meant to be reserved for when the baby is here?
We hear you, mama. Tiredness (as in, extreme tiredness) is a very common early pregnancy symptom. You’re not in the minority, here.
Here are a few reasons you feel tired AF during pregnancy.
Some a**hole hormones are at work
We’ve talked about progesterone before. It’s the culprit behind a lot of your annoying pregnancy symptoms, like sore boobs and needing to pee all the time. Well, it won’t come as a surprise then that the sharp spike of progesterone in your early pregnancy is also behind your tiredness. This hormone is a natural sedative, so it’s no wonder it’s making you feel bone-tired. (Jerk.)
But if that weren’t enough, you’re also being hassled by the pregnancy hormone called ‘human chorionic gonadotropin’ (hCG) in your first trimester. While this guy does a great job of keeping your baby in place in your womb, it may make you feel particularly unwell and exhausted around week 9 of pregnancy, when it’s at its peak.
Your body’s in overdrive
You’re cooking up a human. Even though it may not feel like a lot of work for you, take a moment to consider how your incredible body is working around the clock right now. It’s doing a remarkable job of increasing your blood volume, feeding your baby and building a placenta. This means your heart is beating faster and your breathing rate is up.
It’s a LOT for your poor bod, so it’s understandably needing more rest to meet the demand. That explains your first trimester fatigue, huh?
You’re feeling all the feels
Being an emotional rollercoaster is exhausting. And if you’re the typical pregnant lady, that’s probably where you’re at right now – sobbing over TV commercials and losing it if you can’t find your keys. Hey, we’ve all been there. It’s another reason to rest and avoid overdoing it right now.
You’re dealing with other hectic early pregnancy symptoms
You might be feeling nauseous/vomiting on the reg, and are possibly unable to keep much down. Or perhaps you’re battling some hectic heartburn that keeps you up after dinner. Whether it’s cramping, cravings or weirder things, your pregnancy symptoms may keep you up at night and leave you feeling exhausted all day.
If you’re really struggling, you can see a doctor to get some advice for dealing with some of the more brutal symptoms.
You might be struggling to sleep
Around 1 in 10 women experience insomnia in the early stages of pregnancy. This could be related to pregnancy discomfort, or excessive anxiety and worry – either about birth and labour or whatever else is going on in your life.
Early pregnancy insomnia shouldn’t affect your baby, but if you’re struggling to make it through the day, it’s worth bringing up with your doctor and finding some ways to get yourself a better rest.
You could have underlying conditions
In some cases, fatigue during pregnancy is a result of other medical conditions. This could include:
- Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Gestational diabetes
- Underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism)
Don’t get Google-happy with that list. See your GP if you’re feeling concerned about your tiredness and are suspicious of other health issues.
Your body is giving you practice
There’s a rumour circulating around the Mumli office that pregnancy is a practice run for life with a baby. We can’t back this one up with evidence, except many of us can attest to the fact that by the time motherhood rolls around, you’ll be a pro at operating on very little sleep (unless you’re one of those mums with a sleeping anomaly of a child.)
The key takeaway is that your body is absolutely amazing. It’s growing a human, and that takes a lot of effort. How about helping it out by resting lots (don’t mind if I do take a midday nap!), eating well and staying hydrated.