This Could Be The Reason Why You’re Extra Tired When Pregnant
When you’re pregnant, you expect to feel tired the whole time. But there could be a medical reason why you’re feeling extra tired when pregnant.
If you’re really feeling the hit when you wake up in the morning, you just don’t start the day off right.
Pregnant women expect to feel not great at some stages of their pregnancies. They are more likely to feel sick and to feel tired. Some women spend the first trimester napping!
But if you’re feeling really super exhausted, you might have an iron deficiency.
It’s very common among women who are pregnant (or you might experience it if you have heavy periods.)
Iron-deficiency anaemia is the most common type of anaemia in pregnancy (there are almost 400 types!) and according to IrishHealth, it can affect up to one in five women of child bearing age in Ireland.
What’s the cause?
Iron-deficiency anaemia occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough iron. Iron is found in red blood cells; it carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.
This type of anaemia occurs in pregnancy because the woman’s body is working hard to produce more blood to support the baby.
When you’re experiencing iron-deficiency anaemia, you will feel extremely fatigued and weak and your muscles may feel heavy. You may also look pale, feel dizzy and/or short of breath.
The only way to determine anaemia is with a blood test.
Your GP may prescribe you iron tablets. You may also be advised to consume more iron-rich foods like meat and eggs.
Obviously, your health professional will tailor the treatment to your specific needs.
If your’e feeling extra friction’ tired during your pregnancy, or if you experience the other symptoms, it’s probably a good idea to find the reason. You’ll feel better once you know the source.