5 Ways to Fight Pregnancy Fatigue
Fatigue is one of the many ways that pregnancy can affect your body. For some women, this fatigue will be minimal or nonexistent. For others, it will be present for the duration of their pregnancies. Here are five simple ways to fight pregnancy fatigue:
1. Eat well, and eat often.
Increasing your fiber, iron and protein intake can help combat pregnancy fatigue because they keep your body full and feeling energized. Think leafy greens, whole grains and a little bit of citrus (to help you better absorb iron). If you break up your meals into smaller portions and eat more often, this can help maintain your energy levels throughout the day. Also, try to limit your intake of sugary foods. Even though these may give you a spike in energy, you will crash quickly and feel even more tired.
2. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.
Dehydration can have a huge effect on your energy levels. You should be drinking about eight glasses of water per day while you’re pregnant. If the thought of drinking that much water is unappealing, try infusing your water with lemons or cucumbers. And try to stay away from soda, which actually causes dehydration. Remember, if you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.
3. Exercise regularly.
This may not be feasible for every pregnancy, especially if you’re high risk. However, if you get the okay from your health care provider, try to exercise regularly. Pregnancy yoga is a great way to stay centered and flexible, and walking is a great way to get outside and enjoy nature. Find something low-impact that works for you, and enjoy the endorphins and energy that you get in return.
Even a 15 minute power nap can be a game changer. Try to find time during the day to take some power naps. Maybe it’s taking part of your lunch hour at work, or sharing babysitting with a neighbor so you have some kid-free time during the day. However and whenever you can, try to power nap and/or rest your mind and body. With that in mind…
5. Make your bed an oasis of awesomeness.
To ensure that bedtime (and/or nap time) is as glorious as possible, make your bed a wonderful place to repose. Remove the distractions of phones, laptops and TVs, and get some comfy sheets. Surround yourself with the best pregnancy pillows, and even consider scenting your pillow with some lavender essential oil (with the okay of your doctor/midwife, of course). That way, bedtime will be something you look forward to every day.
What are some of the ways that you fight pregnancy fatigue?
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