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1st-Dec-2012 08:58 pm [dizziness, fatigue, food, lack of energy]
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Tomorrow I will be 11 weeks.

I have been extremely fatigued and often lightheaded upon standing up after sitting, with no energy at all over the last few days.

This is new over the last 2-3 days, with incidents of nearly falling in the shower, getting dizzy and having to sit down halfway on 1 flight of stairs, and falling asleep approximately every 30 minutes at my desk while trying to write a paper. I have also slept more than 12 hours each of the last 2 nights.

I'm unsure what I should or could be doing about it.

Food has been plenty of veggies, fruit, cheese, salmon, and chicken. Still having huge aversions to red meat. Prenatal vitamins are a go. Fluid intake has been over 1200 mL/day.
2nd-Dec-2012 03:57 am (UTC)
Fatigue is just a normal part of pregnancy :)
2nd-Dec-2012 04:01 am (UTC)
I am going to edit my post, but this is more fatigue than I have had the entire time so far. I am so tired these last two days that I fall asleep at my desk at 30 minute intervals, slept 12+hours both nights.

I should add that the dizziness is new, and severe enough that I have had to sit down on our one flight of stairs, and nearly fell in the shower today and yesterday after bending.

Is all that normal too?
2nd-Dec-2012 05:19 am (UTC)
if it's that bad, I would venture to say it could be a blood sugar issue or something more serious and you should go see your doctor as soon as possible. You could get injured pretty severely if you do pass out.
5th-Dec-2012 03:14 am (UTC)
If it's that severe, I'd talk to your doc just for peace of mind, and to see if they can do anything to help you so you don't experience this.
2nd-Dec-2012 05:56 am (UTC)
I'm 10 weeks and have already had a near fainting spell and an actual fainting spell. I get lightheaded often, even though I'm eating and drinking well, etc.

When I posted about it, it was suggested it could be related to low blood sugar or low blood pressure, both of which are things I deal with. Since I am eating/snacking regularly, I presume it has more to do with the low blood pressure, but I honestly have no clue what to do about that right now. I plan to call my doctor on Monday (the fainting happened Friday after their business hours).

I did faint once in my first pregnancy, Nd my doctor then had said not to worry unless it happened again; it can be a normal pregnancy symptom.

Hope that helps a little.
2nd-Dec-2012 01:19 pm (UTC)
Check to see if you have low blood pressure. I'm not sure that there is much that can be done for it, other than being aware that you have it and knowing that you could faint if you get up too quickly, so be careful with stuff like that. From what I understand, it can be a common occurrence in pregnancy, especially during the first trimester when your blood vessels are more relaxed due to all your smooth muscle being a bit more relaxed. Later on your blood pressure should get higher as your blood volume increases.
2nd-Dec-2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
I think the sleeping sounds perfectly normal. During my first trimester and a little into the second I would get into bed at 5pm and not really get up for the rest of the night. I'd wake up to eat dinner and then go back to sleep.

The dizziness is a concern not so much bc something is terribly wrong, but because you could fall. I'd see a doctor.
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