Fatigue and pregnancy go hand-in-hand for most women. The loss of energy usually occurs in the first and third trimesters. Fatigue during the first trimester is a result of all the changes your body goes through those first few months. The third trimester is also a tad difficult because of the weight of the baby and the strain he or she puts on your body. But even if you experience a loss of energy, there are some great ways to replenish your energy supply and prepare for the arrival of your baby.
What to Do:
- Stay active. Easier said than done, right? A simple walk around the block can revitalize your energy levels. If you want to watch a television show, walk on a treadmill or ride a stationary bike at the same time. These are great ways to stay entertained and get your blood pumping to a healthy level.
- Keep yourself hydrated. It is incredibly important for pregnant women to drink at least 6-8 glasses of water a day. This will keep your body healthy and ready to go.
- Take time to de-stress. Nothing seems to run down your energy more than excess stress. Simplifying your life is a great combatant to stress. Another way to ease your stress to take time for yourself each day. It doesn’t have to be a long time; even five minutes of reading or just relaxing can really help.
- Make time to rest. Most people don’t sit down and rest for a few minutes throughout their day; people are busy. If you feel your energy levels dropping, sit down and relax.
- Eat Healthy. Some foods– like broccoli, bananas, and sweet potatoes– are rich in Vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 has a gentle, calming effect and can boost your energy.
- Listen to your body. Your body will tell you what it needs– you just have to understand it. If you feel tired, rest or take a power nap. If you feel your fatigue is due to hunger, eat something nutritious.
- Talk to you doctor. If you feel that your fatigue is more than just the normal first or third trimester tiredness, don’t be afraid to bring it up with your doctor. He or she can also provide you with great tips to increase your energy and help you feel great.
What to Avoid:
- Caffeine. While this idea may seem intriguing, it can dehydrate you, for one. And two, it will make you crash after it has worn off. Instead, opt for something with electrolytes if you don’t want to drink water– something that will replenish.
- Intensive Workouts. Pregnancy is generally not the time to begin aggressive workouts. This can be harmful to you and your baby. Before you begin any workout regimen, consult your doctor first.
- Excessive Sugar. Just like caffeine, this may seem like a good way to boost your energy temporarily. But in reality, there are much better ways to do that. Consuming extra sugar can also crash your energy levels once it wears off.
If none of these things work for you, you may just need to wait it out. Soon, you’ll either be in your second trimester having increased energy, or you will have a lovely baby in your arms.