Many pregnant women can’t get away with feeling exhausted during their pregnancy. Including me, with my first and second (twin) pregnancy, I was exhausted and didn’t have the energy to do anything. Exhaustion or fatigue is very common during the first trimester, but can also say “hi” to you again during your third trimester. The feeling of not wanting to do anything but sleep can sound like a great way to enjoy your pregnancy, but you probably work, have other children that need your attention or are a stay at home mom who needs to get things done around the house. You want and need to beat exhaustion and get your energy back soon, I know I’ve been there.
With my first and second pregnancy, I was working a part time job and going to college full time. Yeah, it was very stressful to say the least and having fatigue was not helping the situation. So, I had to do a few things to help me gain my energy back and do the things that I had to do. Like going to work, going to college, get the papers done and study for my many exams. I did it though, and so can you, you can beat exhaustion during your pregnancy and gain your energy back!
Did you know that feeling tired all of the time can be one of the first signs that you’re pregnant!
There are a numerous natural ways you can beat exhaustion during your pregnancy and gain your energy back. You are not alone and I hope these tips can help 🙂
8 simple tips to beat exhaustion during pregnancy + gain your energy back
Taking a power nap (15 to 20 minutes) is very helpful in beating off fatigue. You are going to feel refreshed and also notice your energy level going up. Your body is going through some major changes and so if you’re tired, go ahead and take a power nap. You deserve it!
2.Eat healthy meals
Incorporating healthier options in your diet are going to help you fight off fatigue and exhaustion during your pregnancy. Try reducing sugar and fats because it will only be sabotaging your energy. Focus on eating more fruits and vegetables, nuts, beans, lentils and more. Maybe the word food is not your favorite right now ( hello morning sickness?) But try your best to eat small quantities more frequently, as this will prevent you from feeling sick and tired.
Having a good combination of of foods with protein,calories and iron will do the trick 🙂
3. Say no
Sometimes all you need is to say a simple “no” to events, family get to gathers and house chores. If you’re not feeling well to go out with family or friends or you are too tired to do the house chores, do not do it. You are allowed to take a break, to listen to your body and to relax, it’s okay. Take this time to
4. Stay hydrated
Drink that water, mama! Staying hydrated during your pregnancy is super important for your health and your baby’s health. But it’s also a great source of keeping your energy levels up.
Believe it or not, exercising can help you gain that much needed energy back. You do not have to go “hard” with your exercises, a simple walk around your neighborhood will do. Try to stay active as much and you can, it will help you to feel better and have more energy.
6. Take a nice shower
With both of my pregnancies, I always felt that taking a nice shower helps you gain your energy. It did with me! I felt so good, refreshed, clean and with energy. Taking a shower also helps you relax, which is all good in my books.
7. Listen to your body
Always listen to your body and do what is right for you and your baby. If you’re too tired to cook, then order in. If you’re to tired to go to work that day, call in sick. If you’re too tired to do the laundry, then the laundry can wait. Do not over do it because you think you are super woman (no body is) and cut yourself some slack. You do not have to do it all, take a break, have a power nap and then you’ll see how energized you will feel.
Take advantage of the time of the day where you feel the most energized and get things done!
8. Accept help
I am a believer in asking for help when I need to and in accepting help when being offered. You are pregnant and even though that doesn’t mean that you are not capable of doing things on your own. It also means that sometimes you will feel exhausted and sick and people want to help you. If your partner, family or friends wants to help you in any way they can, tell them how they can help you. They are going to be happy and willing to make you feel happy too. Just accept help because you will never regret it.
Please keep in mind
Extreme fatigue can also be sign of having anemia. Your doctor will usually check your blood and if you are anemic, he or she will prescribe you iron pills.
Feeling tired and exhausted is a normal and very common thing during your first and third trimester. Luckily for all of us, there are quick and effective natural ways that will help you beat exhaustion during your pregnancy. Always do your best to stay hydrated as it helps your energy levels go up. Eating nutritious meals throughout the day also helps you fight off fatigue, remember to avoid sugary and fatty foods.
Taking a power nap will help you freshen up and give you a burst of energy, it helped me with both of my pregnancies. Another thing that helped me was taking a nice shower as it helped me relax and make me feel energized. Loved it. Being pregnant, especially on your first trimester can be hard on you, for your body is going through some major changes like growing a baby! So, take it easy as much as you can, you can say “no” to events and you can definitely say no to house chores, it can wait.
Accepting help during your pregnancy is another way you can beat exhaustion. Do not feel embarrassed or bad about it, your partner, family and friends want to help you otherwise they wouldn’t offer, would they?
Enjoy your pregnancy the best way that you can, take it all in because it goes by so fast. Then you will find yourself missing being pregnant, trust me, I know I sometimes miss it (unless you had a bad experience). One way to enjoy being pregnant is to have the energy to actually enjoy it, so I really hope you have found these tips helpful in beating exhaustion and gaining your energy back.