Fatigue During Pregnancy
If you’re feeling tired, not to worry. Carrying a baby takes its toll on the body, and it’s okay to take a break. While no one is 100% certain about what causes pregnancy fatigue, you can bet your hormones play a part. And if you’re experiencing morning sickness, or having trouble sleeping at night, then it makes sense that you’re tired. Like many of pregnancy’s problems, there are ways to help you feel better. Frequent naps, eating healthy snacks and getting a little exercise can all make you feel more rested.Jump To Full Article Below
Feeling tired all the time? Rest easy (literally), it’s perfectly normal to feel this way when you’re pregnant. There’s lots of hard work going on inside your body right now. In fact, your body is doing something incredible: it’s putting together your baby’s life support system (the placenta). No wonder you’re tired!
Couple that work with increasing hormones, rising levels of blood, plus an increased heart rate and low blood sugar, and pregnancy fatigue makes perfect sense. Your metabolism is burning more energy than ever, too. You’re also using up more nutrients and water than ever before.
Thankfully, after the fourth month, you’ll start to perk up again. The placenta has developed and your body is getting used to all of the physical challenges pregnancy brings.
Just be sure to listen to your body. If you are tired, rest. There’s never been a better time to start pampering yourself.
How do I manage pregnancy fatigue?
- Go easy: While you may feel (and rightly so), that there’s so much to get done right now, relax. The best thing you can do for you and your baby is rest when you feel tired. Order takeout, leave the dishes in the sink and when friends or family offer help… take it, sister!
- Nap like there’s no tomorrow: When baby comes, there won’t be much time for napping. So when you need a rest, take it. At work, try taking a nap at lunchtime if you can. Or simply closing your eyes in the rest room for a few minutes might help take the edge off. Similarly, take afternoon naps when you’re home. Trust us. You’ll feel so much better when you do.
- Sleep responsibly: If you normally stay up late, try to break the habit. Getting to be earlier can take the edge off - especially when you’re pregnant.
- Eat responsibly, too: Eat healthy whenever you feel hungry. In other words, make sure you’re getting the right nutrients and enough calories each day, so you can avoid low blood sugar. Protein, complex carbohydrates and iron-rich foods are great energy boosters.
- Hit the road: A brisk walk or slow jog can be just the thing to boost circulation, and keep fatigue at bay. Yoga is great for pregnant moms, too.
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