Are you sick of not having enough energy during your pregnancy?
Tiredness during pregnancy is common-after all, your body is undergoing tremendous change. If your tiredness is extremely persistent and lasts into the second trimester, first off I am sorry! I have been there and secondly, it would be a good idea to check with your doctor to make sure there’s nothing amiss.
Anemia, low thyroid function, and gestational diabetes are a few of the possible causes of extreme tiredness in pregnancy, and those are serious conditions that need a doctor’s attention.
For the usual pregnancy tiredness that is not the result of any health problem, here are some things that may help keep a little skip in your step.
This one is kind of a no-brainer. But it’s hard not to get frustrated with your body’s demands for more rest, but you can’t talk your body out of it! It really does need more rest to perform the tremendous task of growing a baby! So make it a point to go to bed earlier, and try to catch a nap during the day.
If you work in an office, try napping during lunch hour-you can bring your own food or have someone pick up something for you. Then you can spend the noon hour catching a quick snooze at your desk, unused office or conference room. At home, if you have older children, get them engaged in an activity and catch a nap, or arrange to have someone watch your children for a little while in the afternoon.
When I was pregnant I was exhausted by 8 o’clock p.m. and I would go to bed plus I would take an hour or two nap after getting home from work. Listen to your body and get that sleep in!
During the first trimester, most women agree that getting adequate rest is more important than a vigorous exercise routine. If you have morning sickness you are already burning enough calories (haha). However, it probably wouldn’t hurt to do some light, regular exercise to increase your energy level, especially in the second trimester and into the third. You can enroll in an exercise class specifically for pregnant women, or regularly take a like walk or swim! There are also DVD’s and online videos to guide you through pregnancy-safe exercises.
Keeping your blood sugar steady is key to stable energy levels, but that can be difficult in pregnancy. In fact, some health experts believe that morning sickness is actually caused by low blood sugar. Try to eat frequent, small meals and snacks during that day, combining carbohydrates with proteins to help prevent blood sugar spikes and drops.
Some ideas are: whole-grain crackers or bread with cheese or nut butter; sliced meat and a piece of fruit; an egg and whole-grain toast.
Eating frequently helped to keep my morning sickness way. Sometimes even in the middle of the night if I had to get up to use the restroom for the 100th time I would also grab a small bite to eat so that in the mornings I was less likely to get really sick.
Eating a healthy diet is a lot easier said than done when you are pregnant. Because sometimes you absolutely have to have a burger or french fries because your craving won’t go away until you do!. So while you are eating your frequent meals and snacks, make sure they are healthy.
A good diet is likely to boost the energy of anyone, but the positive effects of eating well may be even more noticeable during pregnancy. Make sure you are getting good nutrition – check with your healthcare provider as to amounts and types of foods!