How to Avoid Fatigue During Your Pregnancy
You’re going to have a baby – it’s the happiest, most joyful time in your life, and you want to experience everything – every moment of “pre-birth baby bliss” before your little bundle of joy arrives. You’re in nesting mode one minute, full of energy the next. And then, it hits you like a ton of bricks. You’re exhausted beyond belief. You feel like you want to call a taxi to take you from the couch to the bathroom, lifting your arms over your head to shampoo your hair feels like a major bicep workout, and the idea of cooking or cleaning seems like a larger than life task. Yes, pregnancy does take its toll from a physical perspective. After all, you’re responsible for growing a new human being. And it takes almost a year to do that. With each month that your baby grows, your energy seems to fluctuate between feeling like the energizer bunny and someone who’s just completed a twenty-six mile marathon. Relax, if you’re feeling exhausted and tired to the point that you’re not completely enjoying your pregnancy, or, even if you are enjoying all that pregnancy has to offer, but still find yourself tired at inopportune times, you’re not alone. The following is a “top ten” list on how to avoid tiredness during pregnancy. Try these pick-me-ups to help you get through the “wipe out phase.”
Remember to Get Enough Z’s
First and foremost, make sure you’re getting enough sleep. If you’re someone who doesn’t need a lot of sleep before, you’re going to need it now. Or, if you’re someone who needs a lot of sleep, you’ll need more of it during your pregnancy. Try to go to bed at the same time each evening and wake up at the same time every morning in order to regulate your body so you get the same amount of sleep every day.
The second tip goes hand in hand with the first. Make sure the sleep you’re getting is REM sleep. Try not to go to bed with any “white noise” (radio, television, etc.) even if that has been a part of your prior routine. Also make sure the room is dark, and avoid nightlights if you can. (those trips to the bathroom may warrant them, but try and hold off if possible). Outside noise will interrupt your sleep and you’ll wake up feeling tired and exhausted.
Nap Whenever You Can
Take naps when you can. This is of utmost importance. When you’re tired, allow your body to sleep. If you’re at home, turn off the television and your cell phone and curl up and take a nap. Or if you’re at work, take some time during your lunch break and take a nap. The opportunities to do this once the baby arrives will be slim so take advantage of it now.
Keep Your Body in Motion
Continue to exercise. This can’t be stressed enough. Even though you might feel like doing the exact opposite, exercise, in any format during pregnancy is a good thing. It helps you sleep better, keeps your body more limber which will help during labor and delivery, and will keep you feeling more energized. Just make certain you modify whatever you’re doing to accommodate your pregnancy.
Fuel Your Body with a Healthy Diet
Eat a healthy diet. This can’t be emphasized enough. A major factor in overcoming tiredness during pregnancy is eating well and fueling your body with healthy food will keep you energized. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean meats go a long way in helping you “go the 9 month distance.”
Find “Props” to Keep You Comfortable
If you’re not sleeping or sitting comfortably, find “props” that will help you do so. As your baby grows, it takes up a lot of room and changes your body, so your “baby bump” becomes something you’ll have to work around. Putting a pillow between your legs at night or prop your legs up during the day will help you prevent tiredness during pregnancy.
Drink a lot of water. Staying well hydrated is key to staying energized. While it’s typical that most women end up going to the bathroom more during pregnancy due to increased pressure on their bladders, not drinking enough water will leave you feeling restless and fatigued.
Just Say No
Learn to say no. Everyone will want to take you shopping, take you out to dinner, come over and see the nursery, etc. It’s important that if you’re feeling tired, just say no. They’ll understand, and if they don’t, they definitely don’t “get it.”
Another helpful hint in avoiding fatigue during pregnancy is to treat yourself to the occasional massage, manicure, and pedicure, whatever makes you feel better. There’s nothing more relaxing than a massage, or having pretty fingernails and toenails after a spa pedicure. You’ll feel relaxed and rejuvenated.
Shelve the Stilettos
Lastly, and this may seem obvious, wear comfortable shoes or adjust your wardrobe to include them! You would be amazed at how many pregnant women don’t want to forego their high heels and fashion for comfort. Remember, it’s tough enough to walk in flats after 7 months of carrying a baby, let alone four inch heels. Trust us, the shoe business is here to stay and you’ll be back in your stilettos in no time.
Tiredness During Pregnancy
While some fatigue and exhaustion are just part of the pregnancy pact, heeding the above tips will help keep you energized and refreshed as you await your bundle of joy.
If you’ve got any tips or comments for preventing fatigue or tiredness during pregnancy that helped you along the way, please comment below or email us – We’d love to hear from you!
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