Top Ways to Cope with Pregnancy Fatigue




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If you’ve been finding yourself in a sleepy fog these days, know that it’s most likely normal pregnancy fatigue; especially if you are in your first or last trimester. It takes a tremendous amount of energy for your body to create and nurture a baby so it’s natural to feel that energy depletion. Here are some things you can do to ease the fatigue a bit:

Rest

This one seems like a no-brainer but sometimes we all try to just push past our exhaustion. Try listening to your body and resting instead. Go to bed earlier, sleep later, and take short naps if possible.

Eat Well and Often

Eat about 6 small meals throughout the day. Make sure you are getting enough protein, complex carbohydrates (whole grains, brown rice), and fats. Avoid refined carbs (white bread) and sugar.

Get Active

This may sound counterintuitive, but it works. With clearance from your doctor, take walks or do prenatal yoga. Getting moving will get your blood flowing and give you more energy.

Decrease Commitments

As hard as it may be to accept, you probably can’t keep up with your non-pregnant self. Keep your commitments to a minimum so that you don’t tire yourself out and have plenty of time to rest.

Prenatal Vitamins 

Your prenatals not only help your body prepare and nurture your baby, they provide you with energy. Prenatals with iron are also a good way to avoid anemia, which can be a major cause of fatigue.

Accept Help

If your partner or loved ones offer to help, accept. Trying to do everything yourself if a sure way to end up exhausted. Let others’ help you.

Remember, that even if you do everything right, you may still be tired. If you feel you are abnormally fatigued or just want peace of mind, visit your doctor to make sure it is not due to a condition. Most importantly, remember that the fatigue won’t last forever and try to give yourself a break.

 

By: Alecia Stanton







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