Dealing with tiredness during your pregnancy is exhausting, fact! However it’s completely normal and is your body’s way of slowing you down. You are growing a tiny human, which takes a whole lot of energy. So here are our top tips for surviving fatigue.
What’s on your plate?
Eating a balanced diet is essential throughout your pregnancy, making sure that both you and your baby are getting enough nutrients is key. A balance of protein, slow-release carbs, and healthy fats will help you feeling fuller for longer. The occasional takeaway as a treat won’t hurt you or your baby as long as you stick to a regular, balanced diet. But be careful to watch your salt and sugar intake as this will cause a spike in your insulin and blood sugars. Which as a direct result will leave you more exhausted and could bring on gestational diabetes.
Gentle to moderate exercise depending on your fitness levels and your doctor’s guidance will help boost your energy levels. When we exercise, our bodies produce a hormone called endorphins. This happy chemical is scientifically proven to increase the physical and physiological well-being.
The Iron Woman
It’s important to keep your iron levels up throughout your pregnancy. As your blood volume increases to just under 50% higher than your normal blood levels. Iron supplements such as Feroglobin can be purchased from all good chemists. However you can also including a healthy dose of iron in your daily diet with foods such as kale, red meat (excluding liver), dark chocolate, beans and chickpeas, nuts, tuna, and broccoli to get the boost you need.
Listen to your body and rest
It might sound like an obvious suggestion, but listen to your body and rest when you need to. This might be easier said than done if you already have little ones running around or have a busy work schedule. But even if it just means putting your feet up for 15 minutes with a cup of tea, it will do you the world of good.
Sleep? What sleep?
As you move into the later stages of your second trimester and into your third, sleep will feel like something you used to do! This is nature’s way of preparing you for the arrival of your baby. You might find it beneficial to use a pregnancy support pillow or simply arrange your pillows around you to help support your now watermelon-sized bump. Check out our guide to pregnancy pillows to help you in dealing with tiredness during your pregnancy.
At Parenting Expert we know that pregnancy is tiring – we have all been there. However, when you are going through it, it can feel so draining. Hang in there and take time for yourself. You can do this!