Week 5 of Pregnancy: Fatigue During Early Pregnancy

Throw Pillow on ChairDuring week 5 of pregnancy with my daughter, my biggest complaint was the exhaustion. Like with my first pregnancy (that I sadly ended up losing to a miscarriage), one of the first symptoms that I experienced was fatigue during early pregnancy. I had some other early signs of pregnancy such as frequent urination, gassiness, some slight nausea, and sore breasts. I was even having cravings for bell peppers, vegetables, and salad. My weight was a respectable 122.9 pounds, and my waist measured 33 inches. However, for the most part, I was just downright tired all of the time.

I remember one day at work when I had been awake and up for only six hours with about eight hours to go. I was so tired that I already felt like crawling back into bed. My eyelids were heavy, I was having trouble concentrating, and I kept yawning. I was even having trouble doing my job at work because my mind kept drifting off with thoughts of crawling straight into bed as soon as I get home after work that evening. I just remember thinking that my little Poppy wanted me to go to bed!

Fatigue during early pregnancy is a common symptom that many pregnant women experience. As I learned from my research on early pregnancy symptoms, feeling extra tired is a result of the tremendous amount of energy that a pregnant body requires to build the life-support system, or placenta, for the developing baby. During week 5 of pregnancy, my body was busy building the life-nourishing placenta that Poppy would call home for the next thirty-two weeks. (She was born during week 37 of pregnancy.) No wonder I was tired all the time! My body was literally helping to build another little body.

Additionally, because frequent urination is also a common early pregnancy symptom, my new need to pee during the night was also putting a damper on the nine to eleven hours of sleep that I usually got each night. Unlike before my pregnancy, I could no longer lounge around in bed for extended periods of time without having to run to the bathroom at least once! Even resting on the couch before and after work required at least one bathroom break after a while. I needed to rest, but my body was absolutely out to thwart my efforts.

Fortunately, with the end of the semester approaching, I knew that I would get a reprieve from fatigue during early pregnancy soon enough. I had just a few more class days left that semester, and my homework was almost done. Because I was not taking another class until the end of the summer, I knew that I was going to have a little more time to relax. Plus, with the approach of summer and some nicer weather, I would soon be able to get outside, get some exercise, and get a little sunshine, all of which would ultimately help me sleep better, meaning that I could get a little relief from my fatigue during early pregnancy. And, as I can happily report to other tired mamas-to-be, my tiredness did eventually pass. Of course, now I have an infant, so I am still not sleeping through the time. Maybe fatigue during pregnancy really is practice for after the baby arrives!

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Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson is a mother, wife, writer, librarian, and linguist. She earned a BA in English studies with a minor in creative writing from Illinois State University in May 2007, an MS in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2009, and an MS in English studies with an emphasis in linguistics at Illinois State University in December 2011.

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