The occasional bouts of tiredness you experienced in your first month may now give way to total exhaustion. Last month you wanted to rest; this month you have to rest! Your hours of rest must increase. If the time is not spent sleeping, at least you may need to be off your feet.
Many women describe this fatigue as “bone-deep.” This feeling is nature’s way of compelling a busy woman to slow down and direct her energy where it is needed. You may find that you have to walk more slowly and you get out of breath more easily, even during normal walking. For your own sake and your baby’s, listen to your body’s message and rest as much as you can. If you have a demanding job, a demanding spouse, or a demanding toddler, leave work early, order take-out, or plug in the Sesame Street videos and sack out on the couch.