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<p>Eating leaves me exhausted. It's like the opposite of a sugar rush, and it happens shortly after I eat. Today, for example, I woke up feeling reasonably rested--but after two small-ish bowls of cereal I feel like I desperately need to crawl back into bed for a nap. </p>
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<p>I remember this happening when I was pregnant with my daughter, and I don't recall my midwife having any ideas as to why it was happening (though my memory is terrible, so I'll make sure to ask again).</p>
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<p>Just wondering if this is happening to anyone else--and, if so, if you've found anything that helps (perhaps avoiding certain foods?).<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family:Arial, sans-serif;border-collapse:collapse;color:rgb(70,70,70);"><a class="dispatcher-editor-smile" href="http://www.mothering.com/community/forum.php?action=newpost&posttype=newthread&fullpageid=556#" style="color:rgb(96,73,154);" title=":scratch"><span><img alt="headscratch.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border-top-width:0px;border-right-width:0px;border-bottom-width:0px;border-left-width:0px;"></span></a></span></p>
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<p>YES!  Every time I eat I want to go take a nap.  It's really the opposite of what I expected as well.  After about an hour, I'm ok, but I'm not a fan of the exhaustion.  I'm glad to know I'm not the only one!</p>
 

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<p>my acupuncturist told me that eating is making me sleepy because my spleen is weak and that eating smaller portions more often will be easier on my body and she was right! when i eat every few hours with smaller amounts i do much better!</p>
 

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<p>I'm also really glad to know I'm not the only one.</p>
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<p>During my first pregnancy, I vaguely recall trying to see if I got different results with protein vs. veggies, etc, but I can't recall anything working. It's a drag, but maybe it's not a lost cause to try to figure out some way around it. I'm curious about the small portions idea. I think I'm going to give that a try and see if it helps. The working/taking care of the kid while so tired I can barely see straight is challenging enough without the added exhaustion kicking in every time I have a meal. Have to figure this one out...</p>
 

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<p>This happens to me even when not pregnant.  It's SO annoying.  I eat healthy foods, lots of fruits and veggies, very little meat and little dairy.  i try to stay hydrated, I take vitamins, etc.  My blood pressure is super low and I've been told that when I eat, my body is working really hard to pump blood to my intestines for digestion and it apparently exhausts my body instead of energizes it. </p>
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<p>I know they say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day...but honestly, any day that I eat breakfast (or eat anything before noon) I will be totally worthless for the rest of the day.  And while pregnant, if I eat before rising like they suggest, or eat at all in morning I am so nauseous.  I do a lot better fasting as strange as it sounds.  I'm a little over weight right now, so it's not like I skip calories, but I do skip breakfast unless I have the pleasure of napping all day.</p>
 

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<p>I'm glad you posted this because I've been experiencing the same thing. It does seem that when I eat a big meal I feel more tired than after eating small portions. The problem is, it takes me so long to figure out something that sounds edible and to get myself into the frame of mind that I want to eat, that when I can finally do it I want to eat a lot. I never know when or what I might feel okay to eat again!</p>
 
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