No one ever tells you just how tiring early-stage pregnancy can be! In fact, when I tried to find some helpful guidance, all I found was sympathetic information and guidance for women in later stages, from around 6 months onwards. What about those who are barely 3 months pregnant and feel exhausted all the time? This happened in both of my pregnancies and has put me off wanting to have a third baby.
Tiredness was pretty constant for the duration of my pregnancy in the early stages. In fact, the first proper symptom that I had was falling asleep during the afternoon for three consecutive days. I never take daytime naps, and I usually manage on around 6 hours of sleep a night, being more of a night person than a day person. During pregnancy I needed at least 8 hours of sleep, and I was still tired! I didn’t get those eight hours during my second pregnancy, having a toddler to contend with.
My diet is healthy and varied, and I do walk my dog regularly, so I don’t lead a particularly sedentary lifestyle. When I complained about feeling tired I was told by my young mother friends that it is all perfectly natural and it’ll only get worse. Wonderful! Then my mother and mother-in-law further compounded the evidence by saying that yes, they too were tired during their pregnancies.
How did I cope with the tiredness during pregnancy? Well firstly I was incredibly relieved to be working part-time hours. I could not imagine doing my previous full-time office job in that condition, and I have much respect for all the women out there that have managed and continue to do so. I simply could not work while the weight of tiredness dragged me down.
If I needed to lie down on the sofa and have a little nap, so be it. This was a habit I started during pregnancy and I carry it on now that my children are older. If I am tired, I will take a nap if circumstances allow. The dishes can wait, we have enough clothes if I do the washing tomorrow, and my husband should be grateful that I still keep a clean home for him alongside my day job!
Catherine is the author of the adult paranormal romance series The Redcliffe Novels and also The Darkness of Love, She has short stories published in YA anthologies, freelance articles on various industry websites, and contributes to her personal blog, and her author blog .