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#1 of 6 Old 02-22-2007, 03:11 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I am a mom to a 3 and a half boy and a nine month boy. I am exhausted and don't have much energy. My baby sleeps with us and wakes up to nurse between 3 and 4 times a night. My 3yo sleeps through the night. I recently went to the dr. and was tested for hypothroidism (my TSH is 1.2), mono, had a preg test but the tests showed that I was fine. I haven't slept through the night in 4 years but have never felt this awful. I am also cold a lot even when the thermostat is between 64 and 70. Does anyone have any suggestions? Any ideas? Any ways for me to find some energy? I am currently on vacation and so is my husband but I am still wiped out. Thanks in advance.

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I am a mom of 3 ages 4, 2 and 1, so I feel your pain! Here's a little of my experience. When I'm cold, it usually means I haven't eaten anything with substantial enrgy, ie fat, protein, good hearty food. I've gotten to where I know I'm not supposed to be cold and I need to eat. What is your diet like? If you are on a low fat diet, you will find that it is also a low energy diet, especially when breastfeeding. You might need to add some things or delete some others. Another quick energy boost for me is kombucha. If I am just feeling like a slug I drink a bottle and it really does help. If you're up for some research head over to the traditional foods forum. There's a couple of threads on this same topic.
Remember that this too shall pass, your baby will start to sleep better, and so will you.
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Is it possible that nursing is draining your body too much? I had to wean ds at 12 months because I kept losing weight no matter what and was exhausted all the time. Especially if you have an underlying health condition, it can be a big strain on your body.

I also wonder about hormone imbalance. Without adequate progesterone, your thyroid hormone receptors don't work well. You can have adequate thyroid hormone in your blood but your body can't utilize it, so you end up with symptoms but normal lab results. Here's a link abou that: http://www.bewellstaywell.com/thyroid_connection.htm.

I strongly suspect adrenal fatigue when there are symptoms of hypothyroidism--especially fatigue--but no indications on bloodwork. There is a huge overlap in symptoms of hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue. Here are some links that you might want to look at:

http://members.aol.com/jefferiesw/
http://www.lef.org/protocols/prtcl-002.shtml
http://www.naturalways.com/adrenal.htm
http://www.adrenalfatigue.org/
http://www.chronicfatigue.org/
http://www.feelingfff.com/index.html
http://www.digitalnaturopath.com/cond/C17649.html
http://www.mercola.com/display/router.aspx?docid=24677#
http://www.drlam.com/A3R_brief_in_do...al_fatigue.cfm
http://www.womentowomen.com/adrenalf...adrenaltesting
http://www.fred.net/slowup/hai96.html

HTH! I know firsthand how much excessive fatigue can impact your life.
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I really feel for you. When my kids were in that age 3y. 2y. and new baby, I was so drained that I was really just functioning by forcing myself to do whatever needed to be done. I had no energy and it was not enjoyable to do things with my kids.

We had a very mainstream diet.

Now they are grownups and I am 60 y old and I have way more energy than I did back then when they were little. I actually take care of my grandchildren quite a bit and I enjoy it very much. I can keep up with them and have no problem. At the end of the day I am not drained and when dd is at our house with the kids, I get up with the older one (not nursing) at night if need be.

But our diet has been very good for many years now.

NUTRITION is EVERYTHING. Believe me, that is really it. I don't know what your diet is like but here is what I would suggest:

Cut out all sugar. All sodas, all junk food, all fast food. And cut out milk. You can have cheese and yogurt but avoid milk.

Eat only whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruit and vegetables. Drink only water or herbal teas.

Try and take a nap when the kids are napping. Even a few times a week will help.

Your diet can determine how much energy you will have. But of course sleep deprivation is also a major factor. But not as much as diet. You can do with a lot less or interrupted sleep if you have the right foods.
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so right, gitti. i notice HUGE differences in my energy levels depending on how i eat. i'm a super sleep deprived mama of a 5 mo and a 5 1/2 yo and i'm on a constant quest for energy. when i get even an extra hour of sleep each day, i notice improvement in my energy level but if i'm able to eat well all day long, i feel loads better.

i had a day this week when i felt really awful and then i thought about what i had eaten the day before and realized that i had not taken the time to feed myself good foods. it sometimes takes that last bit of energy to feed myself, but if i do it, i'm rewarded!
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I guess it really does come down to what I eat. It is so easy to grab sugar, caffeine, and carbs when I am tired. I forgot to mention that I have not lost any weight in five months even though I am nursing and exercising. I will look into my thyroid and make some adjustments to my diet.

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