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Why do women feel tired during pregnancy?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

There are three primary factors that contribute to feeling tired during pregnancy. In the early half of pregnancy the effects of hormone changes and the physiologic changes of pregnancy are the primary contributors. In the second half of pregnancy, the increase weight of the growing fetus places addition demands on the body for energy.

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