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Old 02-18-2003, 12:17 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I am so tired- not just tired but physically shaky. Has anyone else encountered this? I had it with my daughter until I cut back feedings when she was two to about three or four a day and three at night. It is a bone-tired feeling and fuzzy-headed. Just dragging and have so much to do!

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I had a similar situation when I was not eating enough protein and nursing.
A steak helped me!
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Thanks. I'd try that, but I'm a vegetarian (Have never liked meat, even as a kid- which is probably contributing to my problem). It seems I am so tired that eating in general is a chore and nothing sounds very good. After I make dinner and feed the kids, I am too tired to eat the dinner.

All of the stuff I believe in and am doing- washing cloth diapers, nursing, cooking natural foods, home with the kids-- it is all feeling like a big exhausting chore lately. I don't want to burn out!!!

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Ya gotta eat! Rather than cutting back on nursing and not eating well yourself, which is depriving 2 family members of proper nutrition, perhaps, eat well yourself and keep nursing your young one?

Maybe you're anemic? Are you depressed? That can cause low appetite?
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I am anemic- haven't been taking my iron or vits. Or paying attention to myself much.

I guess this has been a wake-up call to pay attention to my health before it gets worse. Thanks- I want to do the best for my kids and I guess taking care of myself is part of that. It is hard to take that step when everyone is needing me. I should be eating right now...

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Rabbity--

It is such hard work being the type of mom you are (cooking natural food, using cloth diapers, being a SAHM)! I'm one of those too and now I can see that moms who take lots of "short cuts" (like using lots of convenience foods or disposable dipes) have it much easier. Sometimes I feel like I'm a glutton for punishment!

My health took a nosedive post-partum and I am still working on recovery. My 28 mo DD is a nurse-a-holic and can dehydrate me easily so I have to really be mindful in caring for myself physically and emotionally.

I can easily neglect myself b/c I was taught to be quite a caregiver at a very young age. But with a DD in my life now, I keep reminding myself how much she needs a healthy mom and how I wouldn't do her much good in the hospital. Also, I'm 41 and I really, really want to see her grow up and fulfill her dreams!

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Your anemia is probably the problem.

I was like that too. I changed my diet because I hate taking pills, but if it is too tough for you to change your diet then supplementing may be worthwhile.

Remember that you need to be eating a lot right now, more so than when you were pregnant :-). Wonderful excuse to make dp cook :-)

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Thank you NaturalMama and Nicole. I really appreciate it. I sometimes long for the short cuts, but I wouldn't feel good doing it. I do feel like a glutton for punishment- my sister keeps telling me to stop washing diapers and use disposables. I wish you good health. I was trained to be a caretaker, too.

I do need to change my diet, Nichole. Even without eating meat- I can do better. Unfortunately, dh only cooks spagetti and tacos!
I've started taking my iron-- I want to be here for my kids. I don't like pills either- that's why I stopped taking them in the first place.

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