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#1 of 8 Old 02-11-2010, 09:09 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi! I am a major "lirker", but I think this is my first actual post

I am currently 22 weeks pregnant with my fifth child and I am completely exhausted!!! I don't remember being this tired in the past. I am getting plenty of rest. My DH is wonderful and lets me nap often as well as doing the majority of the night time parenting.

So my question is this: what are you other mama's doing to keep up your energy? What are you eating that might be helpful? I am trying to get the 80-100 g of protien a day (per Brewer diet) but finding it VERY difficult.

Any advise is greatly appreciated! Thanks!!

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I don't know about others, and this is my first pregnancy, but I'm believing that exhaustion is just going to be my normal state of being. It's better than first trimester. I get plenty of sleep, go to bed earlier than I have in years, and still end up oversleeping my alarm frequently. I eat well, though I don't get much exercise (it's hard to find the motivation when I'm this tired). At this point, I'm just pushing through.

So no help, just my sympathy.

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Just sympathy here, too. I feel like I slept constantly with every one of my pregnancies. I never nap, but during pregnancy I have to nap nearly every day and I'm still falling into bed at night. Keeping my iron count up seems to help, but pregnancy just takes a LOT out of me.

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Have you had your iron checked? I had bloodwork done a couple of weeks ago for something unrelated and found out that I am borderline anemic. My naturopath has put me on some different things to try and boost my iron levels. I am assuming that is probably part of why I am feeling so tired. Both my NP and my doctor seemed to think my levels are normal for this stage of pregnancy.
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I agree with pippasmum. I usually suffer with anemia during pregnancy and it really can zap all of your energy. I began taking Blood Builder by Mega Foods (a food-based, easily assimilated iron supplement) coupled with chlorophyl and it has done wonders for my iron levels. I am feeling so much better this time around.

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I agree about iron. get your levels checked. the finger poke blood is not as accurate as the iv drawn blood (two different test). and do NOT take artificial iron, it constipates. I started taking iron http://www.iherb.com/Solgar-Hematini...ets/15356?at=0 and it's really helped

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Thanks, ladies! I have had my iron checked -- but it was the finger prick test. The numbers (11? I think) were normal, according to my mw. I have Floradix, but have been terrible about taking it. Maybe I just need to crack down on that!

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You might want to ask to have your Ferritin levels checked. They are your actual iron stores. Nice to 'meet' you, mama! This is #5 for us too.

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homeschooling mama to 4 wonderful girls, and 1 boy!  praying for #6, sch, due 4/14/2013!

 

 

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