Pregnant and Sleeping All the Time


Dear Midwife,
I am about 6 weeks pregnant and I have had 2 previous children, I am 25 years old and this pregnancy is making me feel twice my age! All I do is sleep and I don't mean the odd nap here and there. In a day I am awake for about 4 hours and I continually feel sick.

I am concerned as my midwife wont see me until im 12 weeks and I've had my scan. I don't even know who she is! Please help me with some tips of what I can do to stop me feeling so exhausted.


Maybe you should get another midwife?

There is a small chance that the scan will show the baby and a sibling :-). Be sure to be taking your prenatal vitamins, even if you have to crush them up in applesauce. Keep sipping water and eating small things all day long.

Good luck!
-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.


Sleeping all the time

I have the same issue. This is my 2nd. I already saw my doctor, she said that the baby is taking what he/she needs and I'm not left with much left. Also she said that since I dont exercise often that my body isn't used to being drained.

I do know I can't drink water, every time I do I feel sick. Now I eat every 2 hours, it's the only way I stop feeling sick and I drink juice and I'm not as tired all the time.

I was looking forward to being pregnant, the first time was great. This time is horrible.

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.