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I agree with Peggy, it sounds like you could be anemic. I was feeling the exact same way last week. I would sleep, wake up for a few minutes, and then just sleep some more. I ended up going into the hospital due to pre-term labor, and a blood test showed I was extremely anemic. I had to have two blood transfusions. After I got the new blood, I felt so much better! I was awake again. Unfortunately, my next blood test showed that my hemoglobin hadn't actually risen that much (over 12 is normal, and after the blood mine was 10). I am starting to feel that totally worn out feeling again. I suppose they will just give me more blood when I go in to DELIVER these little iron-suckers. The CNM at the hospital said that sometimes your body just stops being able to absorb iron very well at the end. Plus the amount of blood in your body is drastically increased, and your baby is just sucking all that it needs right out of it.
Anyway, if I were you I would have a blood test done to check iron levels because being anemic before you give birth will only result in being more anemic afterwards. Anemia can really interfere with your milk supply. Plus, you'll want to be awake to enjoy that little baby!
Mindfully mothering SIX kids (ages 6, 7, 8, 10, 12 & 12) in a small house with a lot of love.