Getting pregnant changes our lives in a variety of ways. Not only does getting pregnant involve a number of lifestyle and dietary adjustments, but there are other changes too. Many women will find themselves struggling with back pain and pregnancy-related fatigue. There are, however, some simple ways to help you prepare for these changes.
In this week’s article, we’re going to provide some hard-won tips on coping with tiredness throughout your pregnancy. From adjusting your schedule to deal with these new changes, to ensuring you’re eating the right foods, these tips help. Take a look.
Why am I so tired?
Different women experience pregnancy differently. While some women will notice a sudden increase in fatigue during particular periods of their pregnancy, other women will be less affected. For those women who do notice increasing levels of tiredness, however, they’re more likely to experience this during their first and last trimester.
It’s unclear exactly what causes this fatigue during pregnancy. One potential cause, however, is the sudden increase in progesterone in your body during your pregnancy. Whatever the exact cause, one thing is certain: this sudden increase in tiredness can be massively disruptive.
What can I do?
As many women no doubt know, there’s no way to completely avoid pregnancy-related fatigue. If you’re unlucky enough to notice this sudden change at the start of your pregnancy, there’s no straight-forward solution or method to increase your energy levels. There are, however, some effective ways to help reduce the impact and intensity of this sudden fatigue. What are these?
- First off, you need to accept the inevitable. If you notice your energy levels have suddenly plummeted, you’re going to need to adjust your schedule to deal with this new situation. Leave some tasks and duties undone, and go take a nap. If you’re at work, try to reduce your hours - if possible - or try arrange to take some of your work home. Basically, pay attention to the needs of your body and get as much sleep as you need to function properly.
- In order to help ease the burden, consider getting some help. Explore getting help from a housekeeper, or live-in nanny, or even just a friend or relative. It’s perfectly acceptable to need help during this period, so why not do get it - if it’s available?
- Although pregnancy-related fatigue - as we mentioned - might be partly hormonal, make sure your diet isn’t contributing to your tiredness. Now that you’re pregnant, you’ll be needing an extra 300 calories a day. It’s important, however, that these extra calories come from healthy, nutritious food. Sugary and processed foods will only make you crash throughout the day and add to your fatigue. Aim for fresh fruit and vegetables; nuts and seeds; and lean meats. Your diet contributes massively to your energy levels.
- Try to find some time for moderate exercise, as much as possible. When you’re tired, it’s fairly hard to motivate yourself to go out for a walk or hop on that treadmill. But it can make all the difference. If you’re planning on incorporating exercise into your weekly routine, however, it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor first. Some activities aren’t suitable for pregnant women, so professional advice is always advisable.
- Also, remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Lack of proper hydration can be a major factor in fatigue and tiredness. Avoid sugary drinks and anything that will make you crash. Coffee and tea are fine in limited amounts.
- Even if none of the above helps, rest assured that this won’t last forever. As you move into your second trimester, your energy levels should start to rise again. Although you might notice a return to your earlier tired self in your final trimester, this will only be temporary. Once you’ve given birth, you should return to your normal energetic self.