Like I’d been stretched and stretched and stretched. And used up.
Until there was nothing left. Of me.
I was stuck in a bad place I needed to get out of.
But was just too tired. Constantly. To help myself.
And sleep – however hard I tried to get enough – wasn’t touching it.
This wasn’t the early motherhood exhaustion of sleepless nights.
It was a whole new level of tiredness I couldn’t fathom.
I was eating pretty healthily – getting my five a day (with this sneaky trick! )
Walking lots. Getting fresh air.
Drinking plenty of water. Taking my multi-vitamins.
But still I felt tired. Physically tired. Mentally tired.
Always. All the time.
And – stupidly, stupidly, stupidly! – I felt guilty about it!
I mean there were plenty of other mothers juggling the overload of work and kids and home.
So why couldn’t I? And I beat myself up for being lazy.
Until, finally, finally I listened to that little timid voice inside telling me I needed help.
And I took myself off to my doctor.
She’s a great listener. And she ordered blood tests.
Which came back with a very simple explanation for why I was tired.
And do you know what it was? It was iron.
I was massively deficient.
And those crazy expensive multi-vitamins I was taking everyday to make sure I got my daily dose?
And it turns out I am so not alone! 10-20% of women are significantly iron deficient.
And we’re particularly vulnerable if our periods get and stay heavier after pregnancy.
AND as we hit our late 30s.
It is just really hard for our bodies to recoup the amount of iron we lose every month.
So please, please, please if you feel dog tired the whole time DO NOT beat yourself up!
And DO get your iron levels checked out!
It has made such a difference.
With the help of a proper iron supplement, I really feel like I got me back!
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