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Severe anemia was diagnosed in my first pregnancy. The next 2 I did everything I could to be healthy but after it all it seems no matter what I take or eat I get so tired that by 7pm I struggle to keep my eyes open and just want to lay down. Has anyone got ideas how to beat or have beaten the tiredness.

Posted by natct, 16th September 2016

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  • You’re pregnant now? It sounds pretty normal, to be honest. I find a short nap (1 hour) in the early afternoon helps me to keep going for longer in the evening.

  • Has it improved ?

  • Hope you were able to find a solution.

  • Definitely see your GP for medical guidance. I found I needed to take zinc, iron and a multi vitamin, plus with some of the other suggestions below.

  • Sometimes you just need a short 10 – 15 minute lie down in order to re-charge your batteries. I know it works for me.

  • 1st, see the doctor. But, what you are experiencing, is what I would say, normal. I was like this with all my pregnancies. Walk during the day, eat well, and when you are tired, just sleep. Goodluck

  • I would see a GP to get a full blood count as my sister in law has mild anemia as well as depression and is always tired as well. She has been told to cope better to lessen her stress levels as constant worrying and anxiety can lead to poor health . Find a trusty GP to talk to may make a big difference in how you cope as well. Good luck .

  • Eating foods that provide extra energy may be a good idea too?

  • A checkup with your GP may be a good idea and they can give you referrals for extra support in finding a solution for the tiredness.

  • Definitely talk to your GP and make sure you get a minimum of 8 hours sleep each night. If you can during the day try to rest for about 10 minutes, even if it means laying down with your kids.

  • Yes, have your blood tested and listen to your body and seek your bed in time. Also to try to add some daily sunshine, preferably around midday. You could seek the advice of a Naturopath as well to see how you can adjust your lifestyle and diet to meet your bodies need.

  • it would be worth talking to your doctor and getting your iron checked.

  • Firstly if you are constantly tired, get your TSH and T4 tested…you may have a slow thyroid, which makes you feel tired, sluggish and put on weight.
    If your thyroid is fine eat small low GI meals regularly and ensure you get 8 hours sleep.

  • Kymichelle gave you a great explanation. I’m having the same problems. Low levels of iron and vitamin D. During my period I feel particularly tired so I take some iron supplements, and they really help feeling less tired and avoiding headaches. Magnesium could help too. And vitamin D is absolutely important. It’s now more than 8 years that I take daily vitamin D supplements and I am not going to stop.

  • I was the same and after having a blood test for iron, I found out I was close to anaemic. I had an iron infusion last December, and another in June this year, and have just taken steps to hopefully remedy my low iron permanently (I had an endometrial ablation last week to hopefully reduce heavy monthly bleeding and therefore, build up my iron levels).

    In your case, it may just be that you are a little low. A simple blood test will tell you and your doctor can advise the best course of treatment for you. Iron tablets were never enough for me.

    Also, low Vitamin D can leave you feeling tired and is very common – especially during Winter and the cooler months. This can also be tested for with a simple blood test.

    I hope you find a simple solution for your tiredness as it’s no fun.

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