Research bulletin of Tokushima Bunri University
Online ISSN : 2432-4248
Print ISSN : 0286-9829
Literature review of fatigue among pregnant women in Japan
Takeyo YamadaChiaki Moriwaki
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2021 Volume 101 Pages 35-41


In this study, we focused on the “feeling of fatigue” during pregnancy. Fatigue among pregnant women is often overlooked as a minor problem that occurs during pregnancy and it is often not medically regarded as a problem. To improve the health and comfort of women during pregnancy, we conducted a literature review to understand the actual situation of the feeling of fatigue. Using the online version of the Japan Medical abstracts society, we analyzed 21 publications regarding fatigue in pregnant women. More than 90% of pregnant women feel tired during the entire duration of their pregnancy. The cause of fatigue in pregnant women is often thought to be due to the pregnancy itself and most pregnant women spend their pregnancy feeling tired. We suggest that it is important to understand the actual condition underlying pregnant women’s feelings of fatigue after the second trimester, identify the factors that exacerbate fatigue during pregnancy and assess the relationship between the identified factors and the feelings of fatigue.

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