Tired and Jittery

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I'm at 15 weeks and had already gotten my energy back for the most part. But yesterday, I got really tired and jittery around 3 pm. I felt shaky and not sure why.

I know sometimes that when your tired you can get shaky but this just concerned me a little. I ended up laying down for most of the evening and only to get up and get a quick bit to eat then laying back down.

I don't have sugar problems but should I be worried about my sugar now that I'm pregnant. Should I be concerned with anything else?

ANSWER

I think you are right, this is most likely a diet issue. It is usually preventable by making sure you are drinking enough water and by having small portions of protein regularly every 2-3 hours throughout the day. You were right to take it easy that day, but hopefully, with some preventative measures, it won't happen again.

--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.