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<p>Anyone have any tips for fighting fatigue?   This isn't your normal run of the mill fatigue.  I'm barely functioning.   6 weeks must be my magic number. Once I hit that fatigue, headaches and anxiety also hit.  </p>
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<p>Things I've tried with no luck:</p>
<p>exercise (i can barely move to even do that)</p>
<p>chia seed</p>
<p>vitamin bs</p>
<p>more sleep</p>
 

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<p>I have no tips, just wanted to sympathize as I am struggling a bit with the tiredness also. I'm 8 weeks at the weekend and all this past week I've almost fallen asleep in the afternoons several times and gone to bed as early as possible, 8.30pm! I know I'm eating more and I wonder if that could be making me more sleepy, but I have to eat more often as it is helping the nausea if my stomach doesn't get too empty. I would rather be tired than sick.</p>
 

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<p>I'm not an essential oil person (my sister sells doterra though), but I've been using their serenity blend to help with my headaches and improve my sleep, and it's actually been working pretty well. I get pretty bad migraines, so I'm surprised it helps. But by the end of my first trimester though my headaches are gone, so perhaps during pregnancy they're just more mild. </p>
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<p>How long does your serious fatigue last? Perhaps it's best to just go along with it. Your body is busy making another person afterall! </p>
 

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<p>You might consider having your thyroid checked out.  Pregnancy can trigger or make worse, thyroid disease in (I recently read) 15% of pregnant women...including me.  I discover that I had thyroid issues after my second child was born, however looking back, I'm pretty sure that I've had an under active thyroid for most of my life.   </p>
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<p>If you suspect that your fatigue may be sleep related, Magnesium supplements are suppose to be great to improve quality of sleep.</p>
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<p>It's also possible that this is just how your going to feel in these early weeks of this pregnancy, but most women begin to feel better around 12 weeks.</p>
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<p>I hope you're feeling better soon! </p>
 

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<p>Thanks.   This is actually the first pregnancy I have gotten tired like this.  I did get tired like this on CD 4-6 every cycle.  Very strange.  We did lots of testing and came up with nothing.   Now I'm thinking it is related some how with the hormones in pregnancy and the hormones at that time of my cycle.   </p>
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<p>I do use magnesium.    I'm an aromatherapist but I never think of it for myself.  LOL    I'll try some blends out.</p>
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<p>I also think I'll have another thyroid check just to be safe.</p>
 

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<p>i'm tired too. i do best if i can get in a 20 min nap after lunch but i can't do that on 3 days a week when i work. i also need to eat every 2 hours to keep up my energy and brain power. I am trying to get to bed by 9:30. I am also taking extra iron and B12 and i notice that they both help. make sure you get your CBC and ferritin checked to assess your iron and B12. also staying well hydrated.</p>
<p>just remember, you're building a liver/kidney/heart today so that is heavy construction!</p>
<p>sometimes fatigue is a sign of twins, just putting that out there!</p>
<p>hope you feel better soon!</p>
 

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<p>The tiredness is starting to hit me now at 5 weeks. If I can just take a nap before supper every couple days I'm fine. That worked for the weekend but will be tougher during the week.</p>
 

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<p>I feeling better now and my migraine is gone so I think it was connected.   I'm still tired but I can function and that's all I really want.    I am not the type of person that can just do nothing. </p>
 

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<p>No ideas for help other than to let time pass.  I am painfully exhausted all the time and could sleep any moment of the day.  I remember falling asleep out of the blue with my ds who is 10 but this time around the fatigue is overwhelming!  Hoping it just means I have great hormones raging for a sticky baby!</p>
 

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<p>Honestly I haven't been tired at all..but I have noticed when I make sure to take all my supplements I need even LESS sleep.. so maybe you can take a look at what's in them and see if adding additional supplements would help?</p>
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<p>I would guess it's magnesium, vitD, vitK that might be the most helpful. I actually can't take my supplements within 6 hours of bed otherwise I wake in the middle of the night.. (I experimented several days..consistent every time)</p>
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<p>I feel you tho the first trimester sucks!</p>
 

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<p>Yesterday I was so tired I pretty much didn't move from the sofa after 5pm! I felt overwhelmingly tired and then woke up several times last night feeling sick again, so guess I'll have another tired day today. I'm starting to understand why people keep saying the first trimester sucks, it does <img alt=":irked" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="">  My prenatal has most vitamins in it including iron, I checked yesterday as I wondered if my iron might be low.</p>
 

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<p><a data-huddler-embed="href" href="/community/u/235650/snowydays" style="display:inline-block;">@snowydays</a> I feel you! The nausea is not fun, but the fatigue is crazy!</p>
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<p>Im finding the worst is working full time and not having the chance for a little nap. I know I shouldn't complain, but I feel so bad because the lack of sleep makes me so grumpy at my colleagues who are the sweetest people.</p>
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<p>I've tried everything, brisk walking everyday, vitamins etc, but the only thing that helps is a daily pre-dinner nap and getting an early night. This is my first pregnancy and I really hope this goes in the second trimester!</p>
 

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<p>I haven't really been hit with extreme fatigue yet but I keep waiting for it. I know I had really severe fatigue with some of my other pregnancies and I was in my early to mid twenties so for me it's not necessarily age-related. So far, I've only noticed that I feel really tired by 7pm, if not a bit earlier. I've been doing pretty well with going to bed by 9pm at the latest, sometimes as early as 8pm - but my little guy doesn't let me have uninterrupted sleep. Yesterday he feel asleep at 4:15pm and just woke up at 5am (with only 1-2 nursing sessions overnight!) I didn't get to bed until almost 9:30, but it still felt like a pretty decent night of sleep! I do wish I could sleep until 7am - even 7:30! What a dream... All of my other kids starting sleeping until at least 8am around 3 years of age - I'm just waiting for it...</p>
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<p>I also haven't had ANY headaches and I know that at some point, I get hit with them quite often. I've always read it's a blood vessel thing. After I had my last baby, I suffered from debilitating migraines for the first few weeks pp. I'd get the aura where my vision would get blurry around the edges and within a minute or two I'd be crippled with pain and vomiting. It was SO scary! If I got some ibuprofin down as soon as I saw the aura, I could usually take the edge off enough to function. I was terrified to go anywhere in fear that I'd get hit with one while not at home. I think it was hormones so perhaps the headaches during pregnancy are also hormone related. I had a headache around 5 months with my first Ds that landed me in the hospital. I woke with it and was vomiting every five minutes all day long. I couldn't take anything because it just came right back up again. They admitted me and gave me anti-nausea drugs and then a big dose of ibuprofin and I got over it - but I threw up ALL over the hospital room for a good 20 minutes before the drugs kicked in. Headaches are the worst thing ever, imo.</p>
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<p>Over the past couple of years (or whenever I got my cycles back after my last baby) I've noticed that I get REALLY tired and even achy around ovulation - what's that about? I guess hormones are powerful things!</p>
 
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