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Posted 09 March 2012 - 02:02 PM
I am just pooped.
I work 2 days a week and the rest of the time I'm a SAHM looking after my DS who is 17 months. Like a lot of kids that age he is an active kid, always running around looking at new things, keeping me on my toes. I stay fairly active keeping up with him and exercising regularly and I sleep well, usually 8 hours a night. But I feel tired a lot of the time, especially after 2pmish, if I had a chance I think I could go to bed and sleep.
It's nothing as bad as when he was feeding through out the night, I'm not extremely tired like I could fall asleep where I sit, so not bone tired, just feel in need of nanna naps that I can't have, and by the end of the day, around 7pmish, I feel worn.
My mum thinks I might have low iron levels but I'm not so sure as I give blood regularly and my haemoglobin levels are always high - I know that's red cell count not iron levels but surely they would correlate? I think its just normal feelings when you have little ones. Do you agree?
Is anyone else just embracing general tiredness as the norm at this stage?
Posted 09 March 2012 - 02:07 PM
I've been tired since 2006! Currently pg with my third - fit a 2 & 4 yr old, work 3 days a week. Doesn't get any better so get used to it! But a blood test to check iron is not a bad idea.
Posted 09 March 2012 - 02:09 PM
Sometimes, especially when DS refuses to have a nap!!
Posted 09 March 2012 - 02:11 PM
Came in through recent topics & just on your iron levels - do get them tested, high iron levels also causes fatigue (and badly).
Just make sure you haven't donated blood recently as this will skew your results.
Posted 09 March 2012 - 02:11 PM
Yes, ma'am! Thankfully, my 15mo has her nap between 2 and 4pm. It gives me a much-needed break though, sometimes, the rest does me more harm than good and makes it hard to get anything accomplished in the evening.
Posted 09 March 2012 - 02:32 PM
I think its just normal feelings when you have little ones. Do you agree?
Is anyone else just embracing general tiredness as the norm at this stage?
Yes! I am.
By the end of the week I'm exhausted, DS is 16 months and constantly on the go. He sleeps 7pm - 6am so no issues there. I'm grateful that he goes to MIL on a Friday night and DP lets me sleep in on Sunday. I had my iron tested a few weeks ago, the results were normal.
My age doesn't help
Posted 09 March 2012 - 02:41 PM
My iron levels are fine. But I'm pregnant and my toddler still wakes 3 times + every night for feeding. There are so many things I should be doing right now but I am lying on the couch surfing the net. Luckily my bub is happily listening to a playschool CD while destroying her playroom!
Posted 09 March 2012 - 02:42 PM
Yes indeedy. But I rarely get 8 hrs uninterrupted sleep a night ( DD still wakes every 3-6 hrs) i'm also 30 weeks pregnant so that might be contributing as well. It wouldn't hurt to have a check up, while your there I would get them to also check your thyroid under or overactive thyroid can often be behind tiredness.
Posted 09 March 2012 - 02:50 PM
Yes, im usually always tired. Im breastfeeding my 2 month old and also have a 3 yr old and work a half day a week. I find that i get so tired i feel that my whole entire body is aching sometimes and i get emotional and snappy.
Lucky my DH is so understanding i tell him when im really hitting the wall and i go have a couple of hours nap in the afternoon when he gets home from work.. I get up and he has dinner ready. I find i need this at least once a week to re charge! and feel sooooo much better the next day
I also need to start going to bed earlier. im a night owl
i have been meaning to go and get my iron levels tested too. still have the referrel in my bag from my 6 week check up!
Posted 09 March 2012 - 02:59 PM
Yes I was tired all the time. I thought it was because of my son who wasn't sleeping well but when it continued as he started sleeping through the night, I found I had very low B12 levels. Since starting supplements, I've had increased energy levels. Get checked out by the GP.
Posted 10 March 2012 - 09:35 AM
You should get checked out by your GP just incase as having kids and being pregnant can throw out levels of various vitamins and put your body out of whack. When I am getting a decent sleep I am not that tired, but then the kids have slept through for 2 weeks now and I am feeling it (especially as mr 3 decided to wake up at 3am and scream the house down as he wanted cartoons ).
Posted 10 March 2012 - 01:24 PM
Thanks for all your replies, its nice to know I'm not alone, was thinking about it more yesterday afternoon and I thought, of course I'm tired, I'm lifting him up and down and in and out of the car countless times a day, not to mention all the bags and paraphernalia that goes with it!
I agree it would be wise to get a check up, I'll make an appt with my GP and get my levels tested. We're thinking about trying again this year, I can only begin to imagine how exhausting things will get before they get better! That being said I'm sure its like the transistion with the first, you just put your head down and get on with it.
Posted 10 March 2012 - 01:31 PM
Yes - tired pretty much 95% of the time tired. Even before I was pregnant it was still about 85% of time tired. DS is not a great sleeper and I am a very light sleeper (who has nightmares). My Vit D used to be low and that was contributing, but even when I got it back to normal I was still very low on energy. DS is also very active.
Posted 10 March 2012 - 01:33 PM
I will have to show this to DH to prove to him that im not the only one who is tired!
I would love a nap some days (right now would be nice!). DD1 doesnt have a nap anymore, so I cant rest even is DD2 is asleep. DS will quite often wake during the night for the toilet or if he has had a bad dream & comes and wakes me & DD2 usually needs to be resettled once a night. I cant remember the last time I slept all night
Posted 10 March 2012 - 01:37 PM
If you are suffering from fatigue make sure you get your thyroid checked. Its very common to develop thyroid problems after having babies. Its a very easy blood test.
I have always had a massive energy dip at about 2pm and always try to take a 10 minute power nap. This usually refreshes me enough to keep going for the afternoon. I actually heard an 'expert' on the radio the other day saying this is a great idea for anyone to do as it fits with our natural sleep rhythms. I was quite chuffed LOL. I don't feel so guilty about my little nanna naps any more.
Posted 10 March 2012 - 07:42 PM
Yep, I'm almost always tired!
I get about 7-8 hours solid sleep a night. DD still wakes on occasion but not always.
I work 4 days a week and study part time so that doesn't help
I am anemic and hypothyroid so I know WHY I'm always tired, just wish I had the energy to chase after my 21 mo dd!
Posted 10 March 2012 - 07:51 PM
I'm another who says get thyroid and iron checked. Hypothyroidism is debilitating...
After battling fatigue, I also sought the help of a nutritionist. I thought I knew all I needed to about diet etc but she helped pressed the "reset" button for me. Eg. a protein based snack at the right time, and feeding yourself properly can make a big difference to energy levels.
I now take fish oil liquid, calcium, iron, thyroid meds and i forget what else, but it has helped enormously to even out my energy levels
Posted 10 March 2012 - 08:02 PM
Hi OP, I work full time and have a 13mo who is a poor sleeper, we are renovating a house (some stuff can wait,but other stuff cant), my DH has a stressful job, I have a stressful job (both in the sense of very overworked, not in the sense that we are ER doctors or anything), My MIL is very sick and DH has to study in order to keep his job, Oh and ttc#2 asap due to age = we are pretty tired!
I have been to see the doc a couple of times for checkups and everything was fine but I found I had 'low blood sugar'. I have improved the situation a bit by cutting out all cakes and sweets and I feel a bit better for that, less drained during the day.
I try to exercise every day but it is hard! I hope when DD drops bfing completely (still 1-2 feeds a day) it will be a little easier but Im not going to force it as that will be another battle and Im too tired for that too!
Also I am looking for another job, but not going to move until I am sure the new job will not be just as busy.
Edited by Soccer Mum, 10 March 2012 - 08:05 PM.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 02:12 PM
I would get checked out. If you are getting 8 hours of sleep a night and still feel knackered then I would want to get that investigated.
I get tired now and then in the day, mainly if I've had a bad nights sleep. Also, if I'm eating crap food, I tend to feel more run down. Is your diet ok?
I'm similiar to you - work 3.5 days, have a 19 month old. I can't believe how alert I feel at the moment compared to a few months ago when DD was still sleeping poorly! Touches wood!
Posted 13 March 2012 - 02:25 PM
Yes! So tired all the time ... and that was before being pregnant again! DD has woken up at least once every night for the past month and I'm having so much trouble concentrating at work (2 days is all I do too) and I've even started dreaming about sleeping!
I've had levels of everything checked and have had low iron, low globulin (??) and some other thing I can't remember ... but never at the same time and each time they re-test I am fine! All my friends with kids under 2 feel the same. A couple have had thyroid issues.
So my latest theory is that having kids really knocks you around for a good couple of years. So after this one is born I'm hoping to be feeling good again by about 2015!!!
Posted 13 March 2012 - 02:34 PM
I've been tired since my DS1 was born in 2007. He's always on the go and never stops talking.
If you are going to get your iron levels checked, then maybe get the doctor to check thyroid levels at the same time. Just to be sure because thyroid problems can also cause tiredness.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 02:34 PM
Yes. Very tired all the time and so is DH.
I do think it's normal to feel like this when you have young children.
I wish taking a multi vitamin or iron helped.
Posted 14 March 2012 - 01:31 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. My diet is really good, lots of lean protein and fresh fruit and veggies, not heaps of carbs but some in the morning and always wholegrain, so I know I'm going well on that front. I do drink too much on the weekends, I think I've been using it as a crutch to make me feel better for tiring weeks, so I've cut that right down and its definitely helping my sleep quality (and my wallet).
I have an appt with my GP this week for blood tests, I'll let you know what the results say.
Posted 14 March 2012 - 01:40 PM
After regularly falling asleep on the toilet, and genuinely worrying I was going to fall asleep while driving, I went to the doctor about being so tired.
Blood tests showed low iron and low vitamin d. Supplements are so easy to take, and have helped immensely. Thankfully the doctor was understanding and didn't just dismiss me as a whinger!
The blood test also included a thyroid function check, which in my case was normal.
So don't hesitate to make an appointment with your gp.
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