Feeling Horrible 24/7


Dear Midwife,
I am 15 1/2 weeks pregnant and I feel awful. This is not my first pregnancy. I am tired, extra tired, super morning sickness all day long and all I want to do is lay in bed. I have heartburn and zero energy. I have a hard time standing for long, I get dizzy.

I am 28 and the doctor says feeling awful is a good sign. Is the doctor right? How can I get some relief?

Thanks for your time.


For the first trimester I would agree, but no more. You should be feeling much better by now. Are you able to take your prenatals every day? Are you sipping at least 2 quarts of water every day? Are you exercising at least a half hour each day? Are you taking another half hour to *totally* relax every day (yoga, prayer, meditation, or whatever/) Have you had an ultrasound to rule out twins? Have you had your iron levels checked?

Hey, one way or the other, if you are doing your part and still feel lousy, you need to find out what is going on -- this is not normal.

-- 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.