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Why am I so tired now that I'm pregnant?

It's completely normal to feel tired when you're pregnant. 

When you're pregnant, huge changes take place in virtually every system in your body, which can make you feel extremely tired. Even if you're usually a night owl, you may find staying awake for a film, or even a 30-minute soap, virtually impossible now that you're pregnant. 

Throughout pregnancy, but especially in the first trimester, your body works tremendously hard. You're making the placenta, which is your baby's life-support system. Your hormone levels and metabolism are rapidly changing, while your blood sugar and blood pressure levels tend to lower. This all contributes to your sense of constant fatigue. For more information on the early stages of pregnancy please click here.

Being tired and run-down can make you feel low. But occasionally, being exhausted and having trouble sleeping can be symptoms of depression. If you have feelings of hopelessness and have lost interest in the things you used to enjoy, speak to your GP or midwife. Simply Better Births offer private maternity care so if you would like some useful pregnancy advice please visit and there you will find links too many pages which contain information on each stage of pregnancy and giving birth.

Rest assured that feeling tired won't harm you or your baby. But do try to get as much rest as you can, whenever you can. 

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