Constantly Tired?

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I am 8 weeks pregnant and Saturday night at work I got really stressed out and had a nervous breakdown and could not breath. I began to get my breath back and began working again got off work and went home and the only thing I could do was lay in bed and sleep. Later on Sunday I felt really bad my whole body hurt and I could hardly eat or move all I did was sleep. When I woke on Monday morning and tried to get out of bed but felt like I was going to pass out I had no energy all day and just laid in bed and slept again.

Is that normal or should I see my doctor?

ANSWER

The first things I would ask are whether you are drinking your 2 liters of water each day, eating a healthy diet and taking your prenatal vitamins. If the answer to each of these is "yes," then something may not be right, and you should be checked to be sure everything is ok. Good luck!

--Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.