Postpartum fatigue: Basic causes

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The process of labor and delivery may require physical strain, while the body needs time to recover. Fatigue is a normal part of the healing process.

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Women's bodies decrease significantly in estrogen and progestin levels after birth. These hormonal changes may have an effect on the level of energy and mood, leading to fatigue.

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When a new mother is adjusting to her new role and adjusting to life with a baby, the postpartum period can be emotionally challenging. A feeling of fatigue may be caused by the stress and anxiety of this transition.

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The body's intake of vitamins and minerals can be depleted by pregnancy and childbirth, making it feels tired or exhausted.

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A newborn wakes up every couple of hours to feed, which can disrupt sleep patterns in new mothers and lead to chronic lack of sleep. It might also contribute to the feeling of exhaustion and fatigue.

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New moms who are not well supported by partners, family and friends may find it difficult to cope with the pressures of caring for a child leading to feelings of exhaustion and burnout.

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