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I am soooo tired, I swear I could fall asleep right now!!! I am *almost* in my second trimester (I will be next week!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) and my fatigue is definitely getting worse. I know it probably has something to do with chasing my toddler, working 20 hours a week, and being in grad school but STILL!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> I feel bad for dd because I can barely keep my eyes open by the time the afternoon rolls around...Any ideas on how to live with this?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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My exhaustion got a LOT worse before it got better. I am 15wks tomorrow and only the last couple of days have I had energy again. I was SO tired that I couldn't even do the dishwasher and stuff without feeling drained. My dh has done all that stuff for months. I also wasn't tired at the beginning but it got real bad around 11-14wks. Maybe you will be the same way <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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I have a friend who thinks that iron helps. Increase your meat consumption, eat some dark leafy greens, molasses, prunes and raisins. It might give you that needed boost!
 

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I don't have any suggestions on how to deal wtih it better, but wanted to share that I'm right there with ya. I'm actually almost 16 weeks and, although I did have one glorious week of energy, I'm SUPER tired almost all the time now! The only time I'm not tired, actually, is right after I wake up from my afternoon nap! ugh<br><br>
One thing that helps me (but I don't have to work or go to school) is doing the work around the house and stuff after the late nap. I hope there are some better suggestions to help you!
 

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Protein shakes have helped me in a BIG way. My MW suggested it because I wasn'tr getting enough protein and when I started making protein fruit smoothies, my energy also increased. Also upping my iron consumption..<br>
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This isn't a totally miraculous cure for exhaustion, but it might help with the dd end of it...<br><br>
my dd cosleeps but we hadn't planned on it, so she had a room that was empty for the first year of her life. So I just put some toys in it, made sure it was super child proofed, and got a blanket and a pillow and if I need to I can lay close the door (with both of us in there obviously) and I can make a little pallet and nap right in front of the door so she can't escape. Now that doesn't meant that your kid is actually going to let you nap whenever you need it, but it does help to have somewhere that I can lay down and not have to see what she's into all the time.
 

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I'm actually 14 weeks now and I'm feeling less and less tired. You sound super busy and I think your schedule would make me tired even if I wasn't pregnant <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> so maybe it's just that! I would suggest that you get to bed as early as you possibly can in the evening! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> At least your semester is ending soon though right? Are you taking summer classes too or do you get the summer off?
 

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I felt great for about a week or so, but I'm 16wks and starting to feel the drain again. I'm eating a good amount of protein and will make sure I get more iron. Hopefully that will work.<br><br>
Good luck, mama! And if you must nap, have a few extra zzz's for me, will you? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I'm exhausted also. I think I'm getting enough iron (had my labs drawn on Wednesday last week, but they haven't called me yet), but I'm going to take the suggestion for protein drinks seriously.<br><br>
Thanks for the idea!
 

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THAT does work <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I did that many times when DS was about 5 or 6 months old. I also did that a month ago. AND if he wanted to play trucks and i was to tired to clean i would lay in the room with him and hold a truck in my hand with the occasional vroom vroom and he was off playing ..<br><br>
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I have always struggled with anemia and it gets worse during pregnancy. If I don't keep it in check I get SSSSOOOOO tired, dizzy, nauseous, etc. If I get a grip on the anemia, it seems like I get so much better within a week. Over the course of 3 pregnancies I have collected advice and info from several sources, including midwives, internet articles, doulas, experienced moms, etc. Here is my regimen:<br><br>
Morning:<br>
Big shot of Liquid Chlorophyll (most important part of regimen)<br>
Vitamin B Complex<br>
Vitamin C (Ester C is best)<br>
(Do not have any calcium within 2 hours of your morning supplements. It binds to the iron and just flushes it out of your body without absorbing.)<br><br>
Night:<br>
Calcium/Magnesium<br>
(Do not have much protein within 2 hours of your evening supplements for the same reason as above.)<br><br>
As a tip, I do NOT get mint-flavored liquid chlorophyll. I get the plain old original stuff, which tastes a bit like grass. I get a nice glass of orange juice, put in a big shot of liquid chlorophyll, and powdered Vitamin C. I use this to swallow down the Vitamin B, then guzzle the rest as fast as I can.
 
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