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Pregnancy laziness and depression... 
10th-Apr-2004 07:59 pm
Rudolph dance
I have been so lazy for the last few months I am starting to get depressed. Cooking and walking my dog are two of my most favorite things to do, and I haven't even been up for those. All I want to do is lay around and sleep, then I feel gross about myself.

Here is my question: Has anyone been through this and just one day felt better? People keep telling me not to worry, that I will feel like my self as soon as I hit my second trimester. But I am so worried, because I just entered my second trimester and I swear it is getting worse. I know it is pretty silly to expect my exhaustion to end on the first day of my second trimester.
10th-Apr-2004 05:16 pm (UTC)
aww i know how u feel *hugs*
i feel quite down and tired and lazy most days now!
But im at 17 weeks so far so im hoping the tiredness for me will end soon!
10th-Apr-2004 05:17 pm (UTC)
i was like that then somewhere in the 2nd trimester i felt ok had energy and then when the 3rd trimester hit i was back to where i was feeling like crap and all i want to do is sleep.....im getting induced tuesday so hopefully after tuesday i get my ole' body back and have the energy i once had!
10th-Apr-2004 05:31 pm (UTC)
I totally sympathise. My apartment has never looked this messy and I just can't work up the energy to even care. My kids haven't been to the park or library in weeks because I just don't feel like doing anything! It sucks. I'm only 10 weeks, so I'm hoping it will be over soon. I don't feel depressed at all but I sure feel lazy and then I feel shitty about feeling lazy.
10th-Apr-2004 06:03 pm (UTC)
i've been feeling like that off and on throughout my entire pregnancy... but especially the very beginning and i wondered where the burst of energy in the second trimester was supposed to come. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.. i promise..

i'm about to pop any day, and i'm still wondering when the nesting instinct is supposed to happen. =/
10th-Apr-2004 06:08 pm (UTC)
I was like that the first trimester and really only started feeling like myself the past few weeks. I am at 19w2d. Hang in there it does get better! :-)
10th-Apr-2004 10:46 pm (UTC)
That's exactly how I felt during my first trimester. I went from being very active and motivated to sleeping a lot and lying around. Not taking hikes with my dog or cooking or taking photos, which I love. I didn't want to socialize either so I wouldn't call anyone. Then I became depressed because it was hard to imagine that I would ever change and I worried that I would form permanent lazy habits. I'm 22 weeks now and it is MUCH, MUCH better. I feel like I'm almost to my normal self but not exactly. I still rest a lot and decline half the social outings I used to. But at least now I have full productive days. I work all week and most weeks I have one productive day and one day of rest. My doctor said not to worry and just sleep as much as I want. I hope you feel better soon.
11th-Apr-2004 07:31 am (UTC)
I felt the same way my 1st trimester. Starting around week 12 it began to go away, but it's not like one day it just got 100% better in a flash... more like a good day here, a good day there, and then slowly just more good days than bad (I still get the bad days but they're few & far between.)

I still don't feel quite up to 100% of what I was before I got pg. Cooking is pretty much still out, as odors bother me. And I get tired faster when shopping or walking around.

Hope you feel better soon!
11th-Apr-2004 10:48 am (UTC)
I am just past 18 weeks. My energy level has picked up quite a bit over the last 2 weeks but still not back to 100%. It will get better! Just remember your babe is growing and sucking all of the energy it needs from you. I like to think of it as the more tired I am then the healthier the babe is doing. It may not be the case but don't pop my bubble!)

11th-Apr-2004 12:01 pm (UTC)
I also kept waiting for my "2nd trimester energy" to kick in. Good news: It's not as bad as it used to be. I can remember getting so tired doing little things like dishes, when I'd have to take several breaks before they got done. Now I have more good days... but there are still tired days, and even on the good days, I will suddenly hit a brick wall and realize I was trying to do too much. It's certainly not the "back to your normal energy level" that the books led me to expect, and I was several weeks into my 2nd tri before I started getting any good days.
12th-Apr-2004 11:14 am (UTC)
I had a really tough time the first trimester as well. Always tired and kind of depressed. For me it did definitely go away. I found that two things did help me along. One was just getting more iron. More than likely you already take it, but I started late because my first tests showed a good level. But once I took the supplements I did notice feeling better though who knows it could have been good timing too. The other part that helped me is that I teach three belly dance classes a week and basically did not have the option to give them up. (They bring in money, and I have worked for two years putting together a professional troupe that I could not just let go.) I remember driving to class everytime in the first trimester thinking there is no way I can do this, it's just not possible. But every time I put the music on and began the stretches my old self kicked back in and I felt totally fine again, if only for those couple of hours. Then I went home ate and slept.
But I guess my point is, if you can do it, you might want to force youreself to do something you really love and see if you aren't able to focus past the tiredness for just a little while.
For me just knowing that I could carry out that one task made me feel a little easier on myself for all the others I passed up.
Good Luck!
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