Jan 10, 2012

Third Trimester Fatigue

Third Trimester Fatigue is in one word, debilitating. While debilitating is in my opinion the most encompassing, I have a few other words that come close… Ridiculous. Upsetting. Insane. Crap. Hardcore. Unfortunate. And now for what I’m really thinking. Dammit. HELP! Shithole. Why Me? I’m so TIRED of being pregnant! I have no control over my days with fatigue like this. Everyone keeps telling me, “it’s ok, listen to your body, just relax and sleep.” So much easier said than done!

With only 3 weeks left there is so much I still need to do, but with the fatigue and baby brain I am at a full-on loss for the energy to do it. Not to mention, I keep thinking of the proven research that shows that my brain has been shrinking during the third trimester… So what if the research shows there are no known effects from it, I am not quite convinced that is entirely true. I’ve never known exhaustion like this, the first trimester fatigue was rough, but usually induced by a long day of work and cured with a nap. The third trimester fatigue is cured by absolutely nothing! There is no cure since there is no way to get good rest during the third trimester... it's such a vicious cycle.

Maybe it’s Karma from saying “I’m so TIRED of being pregnant,” the pregnancy Gods decided to show me what being “so tired” is like. FYI- I wake up and go to sleep exhausted. The corners of my eyes hurt, my body aches, my world is fuzzy and I can barely accomplish anything above the level of half-ass. UGH!

Please heed my warning, the last few weeks are so rough! Keep your expectations low so you don’t end up like me, pissed that you are absolutely worthless without a snow balls chance in hell of “doing the damn!” So, look over at your significant other, hand over your to do list and go to sleep, because if you feel half as crappy as I do, that is as close to doing the damn thing you are going to get.

Now- on side note- two things.

  1. My ankles are so swollen that when I took my socks off today the indention was so deep it had fat hanging over it! Here is the part I don’t get, my socks didn’t even feel that tight? Yet, the top of them left a mark that looked like my ankle was minutes away from being squeezed off.
  2. Add one more thing to your hospital bag list! A been there done that mother told me to pack an outfit for “baby’s hospital photo.” Some hospitals will allow you to give the nurse an outfit to put on your newborn for the photo that is uploaded to the hospital’s website.

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  1. I feel your pain! I'm so glad to see I'm not the only one that feels this way.

  2. Feeling the same way. Ready to scream but to tired going to sleep

  3. AnonymousMay 17, 2013

    Ugh i feel this way now! It sucks but i keep reminding myself my baby girl will be worth it.

  4. I agree im soooo f***ing tired but every time I lay down the damn heartburn kicks into high gear!!!!! I look over and my husband sleeping like a baby and it makes me more mad!!!!!! All I want to do is take a shot of jack and pass the f*** out!!! I keep telling myself 6 more weeks I can do it!!!!!!!!!! I know she will be worth it, but im not sure if I am willing to do this again!!!!!!!

  5. unlike most women, i sleep like a rock for hours and hours, and I wake up far worse than I was when I fell asleep. i sleep because i hate myself when i'm awake, so slow and hateful. this, people, sucks beyond anything i've ever experienced, and that includes breaking off a drug addiction, among other things. I've never felt so wretched in my life.