How to Get Your Energy Back While Pregnant
September 27, 2015
For many women, their second trimester is when they feel their best: morning sickness is gone, their energy level is back, and their bellies aren’t too big that they can still do everything they did prior to being pregnant. But, what if you keep waiting for your energy to return and it doesn’t? We’ll look at what you can do to get your energy levels back during your pregnancy in this article.
First off, be sure your body is where it is supposed to be. If you are feeling fatigued 24/7, ask your doctor about it. They’ll look to see if you’re anemic and check your iron levels. Iron deficiency is the most common symptom of anemia in pregnancy. To help keep your iron levels high, you’ll want to be sure to eat well-balanced meals and add more foods that are high in iron to your diet.
Aim for at least three servings a day of iron-rich foods, such as:
– lean red meat, poultry, and fish
– leafy, dark green vegetables (such as spinach, broccoli, and kale)
– iron-enriched cereals and grains
– beans, lentils, and tofu
– nuts and seeds
Foods that are high in vitamin C can help your body absorb more iron. These include:
– citrus fruits and juices
– bell peppers
Try eating those foods at the same time that you eat iron-rich foods. For example, you could drink a glass of orange juice and eat an iron-fortified cereal for breakfast.
Also, choose foods that are high in folic acid to help prevent folate deficiency. These include:
– leafy green vegetables
– citrus fruits and juices
– fortified breads and cereals
– dried beans
Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions for taking a prenatal vitamin that contains a sufficient amount of iron and folic acid.
Are you a vegetarian or vegan? Be sure to talk with your doctor about whether you should be taking a vitamin B12 supplement while pregnant and breastfeeding.
Try taking catnaps throughout the day- even if it is only a 15 minute nap! Sometimes your body just needs a recharge to help make it through the rest of the day.
It may be hard to even think about exercising when your energy level is low, but exercise can and will give you an energy boost, and even help you sleep better at night. Don’t feel like you need to train for marathons here, we’re talking about gentle exercises like walking, yoga, pilates, and cardio barre.
Keep yourself hydrated by drinking a lot of water throughout your day. It is said that a pregnant woman should drink at least 4.8 liters of water per day. Be sure to avoid sugary drinks, caffeinated, and carbonated drinks, as you’d just have to double up your liquid intake to make sure you’re consuming enough water.
What helped you keep your energy levels up during pregnancy?
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