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I can not wake up!<br><br><br>
You know how in your first tri-mester you are supossed to be tired and always sleeping? I didn't do that.<br><br>
I have that now. I can't keep my eyes open to save my life! I woke up this morning at 10am, and fell back asleep at about 11:15, woke up about 12:30. What is wrong with me?!<br><br>
Any of you ladies doing the same thing??
 

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Yeah, but I've been having issues with waking up and staying awake for the last six weeks.
 

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Ugh, that's the worst feeling! I have a bit more energy now, but I'm still waiting for the mythical second trimester boost!
 

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no kidding!!!
 

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Yes, I am right there with you! Even if I get 9 hours of sleep, i'm still exhausted and blinky the next day. I get my toddler into babyproofed areas, lay down, and go into a "mommy coma", where i'm asleep, but aware of what's going on. I feel like I can never catch up.<br><br>
I do not remember having this problem with my first pregnancy, but I wasn't chasing a toddler or waking up at 6:30am then, either. I hate it-- being in this sleepy fugue all the time. My creativity and energy are busted, and I feel like i'm barely cutting it as a parent. C'mon, body! Get with it!
 

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I had that with my last pregnancy. I was tired in the first trimester, but extremly tired when I got to the second trimester. I found out at about 4-5 months that I was extremly anemic. My iron levels were fine at the beginning of the pregnancy. I started taking iron supplements and eating iron rich foods and felt better pretty quickly. This time I am already starting to feel more tired than I had been, so I recently started iron supplements again...
 

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I am right there with you. I am so pooped. I think part of it is having to chase all hte little ones while being pg. I am also not sleeping well. I just can not find any energy.
 

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Me too! Where's my 2nd trimester boost! I wake up feeling OK but by mid-afternoon I just want to nap. Every. Day.
 

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Ditto to all of this. It's like I get these bursts of energy and then I just crash. I read somewhere that at the start of the second trimester your body starts needing more iron so I wonder if we're all adjusting to that?
 

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count me in. I feel sleepy when I wake up. I'm just tired most of the time. I cannot, for the life of me, find the energy to make a meal or clean the house. It sucks.
 

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I just googled iron deficiency/anemia, and the NLH says up to 50% of pregnant women suffer from it. The symptoms are:<br>
* Pale skin color<br>
* Fatigue<br>
* Irritability<br>
* Weakness<br>
* Shortness of breath<br>
* Sore tongue<br>
* Brittle nails<br>
* Unusual food cravings (called pica)<br>
* Decreased appetite (especially in children)<br>
* Headache - frontal<br>
* Blue tinge to sclerae (whites of eyes)<br><br>
I've got 8 of those symptoms. I am getting more iron tomorrow! Thank you so much for bringing this up. I would never have thought of it, and my MW isn't doing many intrusive tests, so how would I know?
 

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this just started to ease up for me, and its still variable day to day, but there are at least some days where I can make it through the afternoon without involuntary napping. Listen to your body as much as you can and rest when you need to.
 

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I already know I'm anemic <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> And I can't take iron supplements because I have a history with stomach ulcers (iron is very hard on your tummy)<br><br>
So I just try to rest when I can. We're having a huge BBQ for Canada Day which is July 1. So I'll have to get the house clean, get ready for a big party and sleep over guests and prepare tons of food. Me and my big ideas <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> lol...<br><br>
I think we're goin to hire some house cleaners until I get some strength back. I really don't mind cleaning, but finding the energy to do it is really hard right now.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I just googled iron deficiency/anemia, and the NLH says up to 50% of pregnant women suffer from it. The symptoms are:<br>
* Pale skin color<br>
* Fatigue<br>
* Irritability<br>
* Weakness<br>
* Shortness of breath<br>
* Sore tongue<br>
* Brittle nails<br>
* Unusual food cravings (called pica)<br>
* Decreased appetite (especially in children)<br>
* Headache - frontal<br>
* Blue tinge to sclerae (whites of eyes)<br><br>
I've got 8 of those symptoms. I am getting more iron tomorrow! Thank you so much for bringing this up. I would never have thought of it, and my MW isn't doing many intrusive tests, so how would I know?</div>
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I have 8 as well. Thank you dear momma that suggested anemia!!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I already know I'm anemic <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> And I can't take iron supplements because I have a history with stomach ulcers (iron is very hard on your tummy)<br></div>
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You might try eating as much red meat as possible if you're not vegetarian, or taking dessicated liver capsules. The heme iron in meat is about 15 times better absorbed than the non-heme iron in supplements or vegetables, so you might have good luck increasing your iron levels w/o supplementing that way.
 

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I'm 17 weeks and still tired. Not sleepy tired so much as exhausted tired--going for a walk about does me in. This didn't hit 'til around 11 weeks. It's definitely not an iron thing in my case as I had my iron levels tested at 14 weeks and they were high. I felt pretty good yesterday, though...hopefully that will last for a few days since we're moving today and I need some energy!
 

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Okay, so, the follow up question: once you start iron, what sort of stool softener can you take to keep your bottom from splitting in half? Colace?<br><br>
Ouchie. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
And don't say fruits and veggies, because veggies are totally grossing me out, and I couldn't eat more fruit if I tried.
 

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The EXACT same thing happened to me! I was actually kind of concerned that it might have been toxoplasmosis, because the tiredness it was so sudden and overwhelming.<br><br>
I also found the information about anaemia, and that seems to be much more likely. Emailed my mw about it, and she said be careful - that too much iron in supplements can cause constipation. I've been taking my prenatal (21 mg), drinking a Boost with iron every day, bought an iron skillet, and started eating meat once a week or so (I was a vegetarian), and I've started feeling a LOT better. I'd definitely try getting it in your diet before going in hard with an iron pill - it's easier to absorb from dietary sources, and you're less likely to upset your tummy. Also, just so you know, I read that calcium can inhibit the ability to absorb iron, so calcium containing foods and iron containing foods should be spaced out.
 

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I suppose I'm rather daft, but can anyone list some foods with iron in them? I'm a bit wary of iron supplements too because of the constipation, but I've got 8 of those above symptoms and have suspected all along an iron deficiency, but my initial blood test was normal... I wonder if iron has gone down since? Especially now that milk is being produced, and I'm still feeding, and not very hungry?<br><br>
Using the iron skillet - what a brilliant idea!<br><br>
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Many tears shed over here over that same feeling.
 
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