Pregnancy is an amazing time full of excitement and anticipation, and it is also a time for morning sickness, discomfort, stress, and extreme fatigue! Luckily, most of the moms you talk to will say that all of the unpleasant symptoms were well worth it when they got to hold their new baby for the first time.
The fatigue during pregnancy can be debilitating for many women. It is usually worst during the first trimester, but can sometimes stay into the second and third. Feeling tired may be inevitable for some, but there are several things that can be done to give you more energy and lessen the negative side effects of pregnancy.
1. Take a walk — sometimes just getting your blood flowing for a few minutes is all that you need to feel revitalized. If you can go outside in fresh air and sunshine that is even better!
2. Adjust your meals — eating a big meal makes people tired even when they are not pregnant! Stick to smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day to keep your energy steady.
3. Eat breakfast — skipping breakfast is one of the quickest ways to mess with your energy and hunger. Setting a good tone with breakfast will carry over to the rest of the day.
4. Listen to Popeye — remember him? Eat your spinach! Pregnant women need to make sure they are getting plenty of nutrients, especially iron. Don’t forget your prenatal vitamin too!
5. Nap — if you need rest, sleep. Your body is doing a lot of hard work and would appreciate a break. Take advantage while you still have time to sleep before your baby arrives.
6. Hydrate – sometimes we reach for the sugary snack, simple carbs, or caffeine to wake us up when we really just need is a tall glass of water.
7. Exercise — besides walking, try to get into a consistent routine that includes something like resistance training, yoga, swimming, etc. Keeping your endurance up and your muscles strong will help battle fatigue.
You may be one of the lucky ones who does not suffer from fatigue during pregnancy, but if you are like most women and find yourself fighting to stay awake, try these tips. Please let me know if you have any others that helped you while you were pregnant!