Besides napping LOL... I am only 22 weeks but my God, I am always exhausted and I get enough sleep at night - I have been taking short naps in my office at lunchtime and its not enough... there were 2 occasssions in the last month and a half or so that I had to indulge in caffeine - 1- Mt Dew and another day 1-Iced Caramel Coffee... I hate to do that, but dragging a$$ at work is not good either ... in addition to my 70 mile, one way commute! Just wondering if anyone had some things that might have worked or should I just except that I have to suck it up and deal with it
I couldn't drink coffee because the smell made me sick my entire pregnancy but I would have a pepsi when I was really dragging my butt. I wouldn't have gotten through the day sometimes without it. I have to admit though, I had low pressure episodes often so I had a mat that I would lay on during them and on occasion I faked them and had a little nap. If I got caught I just said I was having another episode! No one ever question!
Yes, unfortunately exhaustion is par for the course. I have never been so tired (well, thats not true, those first 6mo with two infants were killer lol). . But yeah... you may need to cut back on work soon.
Krista, love that you faked it for a nap. lol
Rachel, momma to 4
dd 9, ds 7, twin boys Dec 09
I nursed my twins for 2years and 2 weeks! A little sad to be all done now.
I am one of the rare ones who worked all the way up until the twins were born (literally, I left work 2 hrs before they were born).
My dr kept asking to take me out of work and I kept telling her I could do it. She allowed as long as there were no signs anything at all was wrong.
It was exhausting. I admit, I had my fair share of cafeene with my twin pregnancy. I don't even drink pop while not pregnant but I would find myself getting a Mt Dew just to make it through the day or a Frappe at McDonalds. Not exactly good stuff for you or your babies but it is what I did.
I also found shortcuts where ever I could to stay off my feet longer. They even gave me a driving permit for in the plant (I work at a factory) so I didn't have to walk to my department.
Yes, it is exhausting. There is no recovery from the first trimester blahs. You go straight into feeling like you are in the third trimester. A multiple pregnancy is a marathon. It is all about pacing, reading your body, eating the right things to fuel your energy, and knowing when to stop and take it easy. I left work at 32 weeks and never regretted it. I was able to focus on my DS and I had time to rest during the day. My commute is about 35 miles --depending on which school I am working at on a particular day. It was the commute that did me in more than my job. It was just too much time behind the wheel. I got myself to 37 weeks and would probably have made it to 39 weeks if Sarafina hadn't stopped growing. I think the rest had some to do with how well I did in the third trimester.
I did my best to stay hydrated and I ate a lot of protein. I did not indulge in much caffeine, but Snickers bars were definitely enjoyable ,and helped me some. They have peanuts in them after all. Naps are the key though.
Thank you for all the advice and tid bits of experience.... I really wish I had a choice but being in the military I have to continue working until medical advises that I be put on bedrest or I give birth. They used to at a certain point in your pregnancy put you on half days at least and now I heard they dont do that anymore either. They also used to give you tennis shoe chits - which gave you the authorization to wear sneakers instead of your boots or leather shoes (depending on which uniform you normally wear) and now they dont do that either and most women just - if their command is supportive- just take it upon themselves at a certain point to wear black sneakers in uniform simply bc their feet are swollen/achey/etc... to me, I am like why take those things away but apparently they did. Let's just say I LIVE for my weekends so even though I plan stuff with the kids to take them out and do things around the house, at least I can take a nap or lay down for a bit when I feel I need it. I have been fighting my desire for caffeine but I have a feeling in the upcoming weeks I will have to do what I need to do. The good thing I do have a desk job and a very understanding command.