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Pregnant and…Tired

If you’re tired, you sleep right? Wrong. Instead, pregnancy is apparently all about being Pregnant and…Tired

I already wrote a lack of pregnancy sleeping rant back in my second trimester and the lack of sleep seems to be a continuous trend throughout this pregnancy. Let’s hope it’s not a sign of what is to come! In the last trimester you are massive and for me, I struggle to breathe in certain positions because of my diminished lung capacity and the weight of the baby so I get woken up (probably better than suffocating to death but still!)

That being said, even if you manage to get a lot of sleep, one of the joys of pregnancy is that you naturally get tired anyway, especially during the third trimester. After all your body is doing a lot! Some of the reasons for this are:

  • Disturbed Sleep – lots of weeing, discomfort and changing positions is not conducive to deep sleep
  • Hormone Changes – surges of hormones can make you feel more fatigued and put more stress on your body causing tiredness (this also contributes to tiredness throughout pregnancy.
  • Carrying The Weight – Spending the day carrying around the baby weight makes you feel like you have done a workout!
  • Blood Pressure Changes – Dips in blood pressure, as well as iron deficiencies can also cause tiredness and in the third trimester, they are more common! So always discuss with your midwife!
  • Heat – With the current weather, hotter temperatures especially when you run hot during pregnancy anyway can cause problems!

5 Ways To Deal With Pregnancy Tiredness

Since I am more exhausted throughout the day, here are some ways I deal with it:


I mentioned it yesterday, I will mention it again today, naps are your friend and the only way I have been able to cope with life at all, particularly when pregnant and working. I have found that 15 minutes is prime napping time to give you the rest you need without making you groggy and stave off the tiredness!

2. Little And Often

Trying to do a lot makes me cranky and feel like I have just done a whole day’s work after 20 minutes! Instead, I do little bits and then have a sit-down. Particularly with housework. The joy of my actual job is that it is a lot of sitting so I actually have to get up and walk around. But it’s all about finding the right balance.

3. V Pillow

One of my pregnancy essentials. I had one during my first pregnancy and it was a godsend so it was one of my first purchases this time around! A V-shaped pillow can make you comfortable and relaxed when sitting or lying down to put you in a more comfortable position and offer more support!

4. Comfy PJ’s

You think that would be easy, but when everything comes up quite tight you wake up in the middle of the night wearing an impromptu crop top with a boob caught in it and it gets pretty uncomfortable. Anything you can get a hold of that is loose fitting tends to suit me! Even if you go and buy men’s t-shirts 5 sizes too big you’re onto a winner!

5. Your Diet

Make sure you are consuming plenty of protein and iron in your diet when pregnant and it will be a natural way to stave off the tiredness. If you are struggling or you are in need of extra reserves, talk to your healthcare provider about iron tablets!

How do you try to deal with pregnancy tiredness? Let me know in the comments

This post is part of my mini ongoing pregnant series “Pregnant and…” Check out the other posts by clicking on the picture:

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How I am dealing with one of the most challenging aspects of my pregnancy and that it pregnancy tiredness, as well as some tips to help.

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Written by Charlotte

Founder at The Mummy Toolbox


  • Louise (#)
    August 6th, 2017

    I was super tired during both my pregnancies, but my second was the worst for it. On my non-working days I would drop my eldest at school, come home and nap till lunch, eat, nap till 3ish, pick my eldest up from school, come home and help with homework or reading, cook dinner, nap, blog, tuck my eldest up in bed and then sleep for the rest of the night. And I was still exhausted! I think pregnancy is just a tiring time.

    Louise x

  • Kara (#)
    July 26th, 2017

    I swore by my oversized v pillow to help me sleep when pregnant. Lack of sleep is a killer isn’t it

  • fashionandstylepolice (#)
    July 25th, 2017

    I remember being pregnant and tired and not being able to get any sleep. I just couldn’t fall asleep for long.

  • I always find that after lunch I get very tired (pregnant and non pregnant!) so love a nap. During my pregnancies I NEEDED a nap, just couldn’t keep going all day

  • Lucy Dorrington (#)
    July 24th, 2017

    Good advice, especially about diet. When you’re tired, it can be hard to make the effort to eat properly, but it can really help.

  • Kerry norris (#)
    July 24th, 2017

    I loved my v pillow when I was pregnant. Naps I also loved first time around but second time around there wasn’t time for any x

  • Newcastle Family Life (#)
    July 23rd, 2017

    I was so tired in my third pregnancy, It didn’t help that I was pregnant during summer and was too hot to sleep. great tips x

  • Talya (#)
    July 23rd, 2017

    I just had to nap every day when I was pregnant I was really lucky in that I worked for myself to I could slope off for a nap after lunch every day!

  • Samantha Mayers (#)
    July 23rd, 2017

    Some great tips of dealing with pregnancy tiredness here. I loved my V pillow when I was pregnant. I had spd so I couldn’t get to sleep without it. X

  • Arlene (#)
    June 28th, 2017

    Love all your pregnancy tips. I am done with those days and its weird but i do miss being pregnant. I don’t miss the heat flashes and backaches.

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