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I don't know if I have blocked out this phase of my last two pregnancies, or if I really am feeling the effects of being older this time around. I just feel so creaky and easily thrown out of whack. I seriously can't lift anything over 20 pounds (except for my kids) without straining a groin or abdominal muscle. I am swelling more in my legs than I remember doing before. I guess I'm just getting into that final stretch where my body is getting tired and the baby's growth spurt is just getting going. It's hard to build my nest when my body does not want to cooperate.<br><br>
Anybody else have mental nesting going on but are trying to accomplish tasks with a less-than-enthusiastic body?
 

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Yes, yes, and YES!!!! Just last weekend I forced my husband to sit with me for an hour during dd's nap to go over what MUST be done by the end of each week we had remaining. Needless to say, not much is getting done. I'm always exhausted, but my mind is always racing and telling me to do this, do that, and it's starting to freak me out. So yes mama. I'm right there with you. Mind over matter? I wish!!!
 

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I hear ya! I'm only in my mid-30s, but I'm just more exhausted and creaky and slow moving than with my other pregnancies. I think it's a combination of being 2 years older with each pregnancy, and having a 1.5 year old, 3.5 year old and 5 year old to keep up with. I could really use a nap right now, and it's only 9:30 am. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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I have such sore hips/sciatic, and I really don't remember this with DS (he's 3-1/2). I remember being big and slow, but I gained about twice as much weight with DS as I have so far this time. I don't know if it's just being 3-1/2 years older this time around, or what, but I am tired and creaky. All I want to do is sleep and nest, but I have two WAH jobs I'm doing right now, plus taking care of DS. (We need the money for when I have to take off of work after LO is born, otherwise, I would not be doing this to myself/my family!) We have a MW's appt this afternoon, and I hope she can just reassure me that things are fine and I'll be okay. Maybe it'll motivate me to come home and get back to work...I hope! Hang in there!!
 

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jumping into your DDC.<br><br>
My mom had me at 30 and my sister at 39 (no one in between). She said the difference in energy was night and day. She was exhausted the second time around, even after the birth, when I was able to help out quite a bit. I remember she (we all) slept in the living room after my sister was born, because Mom couldn't do stairs for a while.
 

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Make sure you are getting enough good nutrients! Is your iron usually good or borderline? that can make us really drag. Also I see from your sig that your other kids were born in Jan. THAT is a big diff imo! The heat/ humidity can take everything out of you- esp if you are caught off guard and get even slightly dehydrated. Just trying to help you not feel too old- cuz we are as old as we feel.
 

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Yes! It took me a week to reorganize and purge the house of stuff that needed to go to storage! Normally i could have tackled that in a day! We have a tiny apartment too, less then 900 square feet of living space!! It really grates on my mind, because i'm one of those people that sets out to do a task and doesn't want to stop until i'm finished. Needless to say i've had to do a LOT of stopping. But i've still woken up every morning feeling miserable and wondering why my body can't hang. I just turned 30, but i honestly think it's the fact these last 2 pregnancies have only been 4 months apart and my body simply has not had the time or ability to replenish itself, so my body is taking a beating.<br><br>
But i can't very well sit around and do nothing, so i push through it. Much to dh's dismay. But it's like i told him. I can either sit around and be mentally miserable or i can get things accomplished and be miserable in pain lol. I choose the later, it goes away and is easier to combat!
 

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So much yes! I've been in nesting mode, but I can only last a few minutes before getting exhausted or sore. Ouch!
 

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Thanks for the reminder about hydration. It's true that the whole being-pregnant-in-sunny-weather is totally new to me. I have been slacking on making my pregnancy iced tea and need to get a batch brewing ASAP. I just turned 33 and really notice the difference in energy compared to when I was 28. I find out about my iron levels tomorrow, but I think they'll be really good because I have been the queen of dark leafy green smoothies!
 
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