Oh, lovely fatigue. How I would be so much better without you!
Most commonly, when you’re pregnant you are asked all the time how you are feeling. Most of the time the answer is tired, very tired. While pregnancy is often a time of feeling great and a time of happiness, it can also be a time of feeling very sleepy. Fatigue isn’t uncommon. Especially when it comes to morning sickness! Oh gosh, the things you could really do without when it comes to being pregnant!
While you may not be able to say good-bye to fatigue, here are a few tips that can really help you beat it.
Yep, you read right. I use them for an instant, healthy energy boost! A good smoothie works for me every time and I hope that they will give you a quick pick-me-up as well!
Go to bed early.
In the first trimester, you have increased need for sleep. I tried my hardest not to fight it! I went to bed early and I promise you, it worked!
Listen to calming music.
I always listened to calming music to help me relax. Try whatever tactic works best for you if it helps you get the rest you need. It might help to listen to music, or you might want it as quiet as possible!
Eat a protein-rich diet.
My OBGYN suggest loading up my diet with protein since it’s a good source of fatigue-fighting vitamins. So, I started adding a lot of fish and fresh vegetables to my diet.
Get in some exercise.
My pregnancy mantra is, “Take a walk!” It’s my automatic energy boost.
Make sure you hydrate.
Fatigue can be a sign of dehydration which can cause pre-term labor – my doctor’s advice was, “Drink up!” Water worked best for me when it comes to beating fatigue.
Take a nap.
In my final trimester, I’m hardly able to sleep at all. So I get in as many naps as possible right from the start.
I stay away from desserts and stick to a balanced diet. Talk to your doctor and they will help you work out a meal plan that suits your pregnancy needs.
I chill out! You know, just kick back and relax! Proper rest is important. I don’t over-do it and exert myself to the point where I’m a complete stress case. Unfortunately, I had to learn this the hard way!
Consult your doctor.
Even though fatigue is common, anemia, thyroid disease and gestational diabetes can also cause you to be tired all the time. Unfortunately, I’ve battled with that whole list. Thankfully, I am only dealing with one now. I would always encourage everyone to ask as many questions as possible.