Fatigue, much like exhaustion, is common during and after pregnancy. When the baby is growing inside a woman's tummy, the body uses tons of stored energy, and all energy obtained from food to ensure the baby continues to grow, and that the woman stays healthy. This can lead to fatigue and extreme exhaustion in some cases.
Causes of Fatigue During Pregnancy
From the first moments after gestation, the female body is gearing up to grow a baby. In the beginning, a woman's resources are used to develop the placenta which the baby will use for all life-sustaining nutrients. By the end of pregnancy, all the resources have been tapped and energy reaches an all-time low due to the lengthy burden placed on the woman. Ironically, as fatigue hits during the last few weeks of pregnancy, the woman is less able to sleep which increases fatigue even more.
Important Facts About Fatigue During Pregnancy
No matter how energetic the body may feel during the second trimester, fatigue awaits. Once the first three months are complete, a woman's body has grown used to many of the hormonal changes and the placenta is complete. Energy often returns for three long months of bliss, only to fade quickly as the baby’s birthday grows near.
Treatment for Fatigue During Pregnancy
Sleep is the best treatment for fatigue. If sleep is impossible due to tummy growth, swelling, indigestion or aches and pains, rest is the next best thing even if it does not feel like resting is doing any good. Engaging friends and family members to help around the house, finish nursery tasks or care for other children, takes a bit of stress and pressure off, which could be causing a lack of sleep.