Exhaustion and fatigue when you’re pregnant is very common because the body is undergoing some major changes. If the level of fatigue becomes persistent and goes into the second trimester, it is advisable to check with your physician to make sure that there is nothing wrong.
Low thyroid function, gestational diabetes and anemia are some of the causes of pregnancy fatigue. These are serious conditions that require the doctor’s attention.
For the normal fatigue during pregnancy usually not a result of any health problem, here are some ways through which you can keep the energy up.
Get More Sleep
It can be difficult not to feel frustrated with the demands of your body. Unfortunately, it is not possible to talk your body out of the demands. It requires a lot of rest to perform the daunting task of carrying a baby. It is therefore important to get to bed earlier and attempt to catch some sleep during the day.
If you are employed in an office, try taking a nap at lunch hour. You can carry your own food or have a fellow employee buy something for you. You can use an unused conference hall, office or your desk to catch a quick snooze during the noon hour. If you have older children, get them to do most of the activities at home as you catch some sleep. You can also organize for someone to watch over your kids if they are not big enough to be on their own as you sleep.
In the first trimester, it is believed that getting enough rest is more crucial that having an intense exercise routine. However, it would be no offense to engage in some light exercises to increase the body’s energy level particularly in the second and third trimester. Consider enrolling in an exercise class specifically for pregnant women or take a swim or light walk on a regular basis.
You can also use online videos and training DVDs to guide you through your exercise. Be sure to check with your doctor before you commence any exercise program.
Maintaining a steady blood sugar level is crucial for stable energy levels and it can be difficult during pregnancy. Some medical practitioners believe that low blood sugar is the sole cause of morning sickness in expectant mothers.
Try to have small meals and snacks more frequently in a day. Combine proteins with carbohydrates to aid in preventing spikes and drops in blood sugar levels. Foods to include in your meals include; bread with nut butter or cheese, whole-grain crackers, whole-grain toast, fruit and an egg.
As you eat frequently, you must also ensure you are eating healthy food. A good diet definitely boosts the energy of any person but the effects of healthy eating are noticed more during a pregnancy. Be sure you are getting some good nutrition and consult with your doctor for advice on the types of foods and amounts you should take.