Why I am so tired since I got pregnant, and what can I do about it?

Our experts answer your pregnancy questions.

Most women are going to be very tired by the time they find out they’re pregnant. That first trimester, up to 13 weeks, is when it’s usually the worst. You may feel exhausted because of all the extra hormones surging through you and because your body is working hard to produce more blood for the baby. 

Allow yourself to get plenty of sleep. Schedule your bedtime at night and maybe a nap during the day. 

Exercise is important for fighting the fatigue. It helps your energy. Even though you might desperately want to stay on the couch, you should balance getting more rest with a little bit of exercise to keep your energy up. Find a time when you feel good, capitalize on that, and get out and walk. 

Nutrition plays a huge role in your energy. Eat good foods you’ll get more energy from. Fruits, vegetables and lean protein will help you feel better than eating a lot of sugar and salt and caffeine. You get a quick boost from those things, but then you crash afterward and the after-effects are bigger than the short burst of energy you got. 

Anemia can make you tired, too. That’s being low on red blood cells, most of the time from having low iron. It’s important to get in for your first OB visit to see about your blood levels. 


Kathleen Abrahamson, MD, family medicine provider specializing in OB
Fairview Clinics – Princeton

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