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10 Ways to Fight Fatigue During the 1st Trimester

10 Ways to Fight Fatigue During the 1st Trimester

The first trimester can be rough! Morning sickness, dizziness, and the difficulty of keeping your eyes open during the day. If you’re one of the many women who suffer from exhaustion, and are so tired of being tired all the time, rest assured that there is hope!

After the jump, check out 10 simple ways to fight the fatigue of the first trimester.


  • Take a Break From Helping Out 1 of 10
    Take a Break From Helping Out
    You don't have to say yes to participating in the church bake sale, or going to the office party. There's no need to push yourself, especially during this time of exhaustion.
    Source: LiveStrong
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Take Naps 2 of 10
    Take Naps
    "A nap? What's that?" I know, it seems outrageous that anybody has time for napping these days, but there are many ways you can incorporate a few extra minutes of Zzzzs into your day. Use your lunch break for a little shuteye, skip dusting the shelves but keep the nap to no longer than 20 minutes, because you might just end up feeling worse if you nap for any longer than that.
    Source: Huffington Post
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Get Help 3 of 10
    Get Help
    Have your partner, parents, friends, or family lend a hand around the house so you can take that 20-minute power nap. Most people are ready and eager to help out a pregnant lady.
    Source: LiveStrong
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Eat Iron & Protein 4 of 10
    Eat Iron & Protein
    Iron and protein are important to a healthy pregnancy, but these vital nutrients also keep help keep your energy levels up. Load up on spinach, beans, eggs, meats, and other sources of iron and protein throughout the day.
    Source: Mayo Clinic
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Get More Hours of Sleep at Night 5 of 10
    Get More Hours of Sleep at Night
    Go to bed earlier. Get more consecutive hours of sleep at night and you might not be as tired throughout the day. Skip that late-night TV show, leave the chores for another day, and get yourself some more sleep.
    Source: Huffington Post
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Make Good Use of Non-tired Time 6 of 10
    Make Good Use of Non-tired Time
    The fatigue and exhaustion might hit you at certain times of the day, so make good use of your non-tired time. While it's fine to put off housework to nap when you need to, or to ask others to help out, the fact remains that things still need to get done. Use your up time wisely to tackle the chores that are most important.
    Source: Huffington Post
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Take Baths 7 of 10
    Take Baths
    Many women have a hard time falling asleep easily and quickly (like me!), so it's recommended that women also take relaxing baths during the first trimester with a few drops of essential oils, such as lavender.
    Source: BabyCenter
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Eat a Balanced Diet 8 of 10
    Eat a Balanced Diet
    While iron and protein are crucial, it's also important to eat quality, nutritious, and whole foods and not empty-calorie, processed foods, because poor quality foods actually further deplete your energy.
    Source: Huffington Post
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Stay Hydrated 9 of 10
    Stay Hydrated
    Dehydration can lead to increased fatigue, so be sure to keep guzzling the H2O. And be sure to avoid drinks that actually dehydrate you, like caffeinated beverages and sugary drinks.
    Source: Huffington Post
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Exercise 10 of 10
    Exercise
    Try to keep active during the first trimester, despite the fatigue. Exercise increases circulation, and improves your oxygen intake both of which can ward off fatigue.
    Source: Huffington Post
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo

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