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I’m so exhausted I can barely string two sentences together. How can I make it through the day?—Jennifer Goldsmith, a mom of one a proposal writer in Reading, PA

Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: If you’re tired, you’re in good company. The fatigue you feel now in your pregnancy is probably quite different than the fatigue you felt early on. Tiredness now is probably due to not sleeping well at night and from carting around more weight than you’re accustomed to. Fortunately, there are ways to fight fatigue and feel more like yourself again.

I was in my residency during my third pregnancy. Standing on my feet was simply too exhausting, so I made great use of the rolling stools in our practice. I sat on one every chance I got.

I’d even roll it down the hall instead of walking. Sometimes I’d ask other people to push me! Don’t walk if you can stand, don’t stand if you can sit, don’t sit if you can lie down, and sleep whenever you can.

Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH, MSEH, a mom of three sons, a nationally known health expert, and our resident Mommy MD Guide


When to call your doctor or midwife:

If your fatigue is so overwhelming that you can’t focus on your work or are a hazard while driving, contact your doctor right away.


Mommy MD Guide–Recommended Product:

Natural Calm: "After my kids were born, I heard about a product called Natural Calm," said Gina Dado, MD, a mom of two daughters and an ob-gyn with Arizona OBGYN Affiliates, Paradise Valley Branch, in Scottsdale, AZ. "It’s a powder that contains magnesium. You dissolve it into a teeny bit of water, warm it, and it fizzes up.

"It comes in several organic flavors (sweetened with organic stevia), including raspberry-lemon, and it’s like drinking raspberry lemonade. I find it to be very calming, and it helps with constipation to boot."

You can buy Natural Calm for $15 to $16 online.

The information on MommyMDGuides.com is not intended to replace the diagnosis, treatment, and services of a physician. Always consult your physician or child care expert if you have any questions concerning your family's health. For severe or life-threatening conditions, seek immediate medical attention.