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 non-essential activities and responsibilities.
Get regular exercise—get outside, take walks, keep your blood moving with your favourite workout. If you don't have your usual energy, don't push it.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerSarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine Brian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology