Tiredness in pregnancy help
Fatigue can be a big problem in pregnancy, especially for those mums to be who are still working or continuing with their everyday lives. It is no wonder people get tired during pregnancy, carrying around extra weight and your body working hard to support the growth of your baby.
As your body concentrates on providing energy and nutrients for your growing foetus, your own supplies are sometimes neglected. However, keeping up your strength is necessary to support baby’s growth and to help keep you prepared for when your newborn arrives. Here are some top tips for fighting fatigue.
Eat regular meals and snacks throughout the day
Stabilising blood sugar levels is vital for fighting fatigue, so make sure your body is topped up with fuel by having regular meal and snack times each day. It is a good idea to stick to a routine of three meals and two to three healthy snacks. Alternatively, some people prefer to eat smaller meals but more regularly throughout the day. See our article on five energy boosting snacks during pregnancy.
Eat plenty of iron and protein rich foods
Foods such as meat, fish, eggs, beans and pulses are important as they contain a great deal of iron and protein. If iron stores are low, fatigue can be a sign of this and iron deficiency can develop. Make sure you are including these iron and protein-rich foods in your diet each day.
Keep your body hydrated
Keeping hydrated is important for keeping all your bodily functions working properly. Make sure you are getting your six to eight glasses of fluid each day and opt for water, milk or 100% juice over other soft or fizzy drinks which often contain lots of added sugar or sweeteners. Additionally, if the weather is warm or you are taking part in exercise you may need extra fluid during the day.
Get plenty of rest
Feeling tired and fatigued will only exacerbate the side effects of pregnancy, so make sure you rest whenever possible. While you are still working or when you have a lot to do, it can be difficult to take some time out and put your feet up, but resting is an essential part of staying well during pregnancy. Take naps during the day, have time out to rest and make sure you get a good night’s sleep.
Take part in light exercises
Although exercise may feel like the last thing you want to do, regular, gentle exercise during pregnancy can help to reduce your levels of fatigue and improve your stamina. Exercises such as walking, jogging and swimming will get your blood flowing and help your body to utilise those energy stores more efficiently! However, make sure you do not over do it or this will leave you with zero energy for the rest of the day’s activities.
Generally – really look after yourself and your own well-being during pregnancy by eating well, resting and getting plenty of fluids and avoid junk foods, as these will often leave you feeling more sluggish. Please see other articles in this series including:
For more information on pregnancy symptoms in the 1st trimester see early signs of pregnancy . If you are at all concerned do not hesitate to call your GP or doctor for medical advice.
Pregnancy Symptoms | Weight Gain | Early signs of pregnancy | Tiredness | Morning Sickness | Bloating | Needing to wee more | Implantation bleeding | Pre-eclampsia | Thrush | Piles | Heartburn | SPD | Diarrhea | Headaches
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