My top 5 tips for surviving pregnancy tiredness

1. Eat well and drink plenty of water:

I know, I know – if anybody had told me to ‘eat well’ during the first trimester I would’ve scowled at them. We all know that it’s especially important for us to have a good diet whilst pregnant. But let’s face it, it’s easier said than done when you’re feeling poorly, and food-wise, nothing sounds ‘good’ except for a big plate of cheesy chips or something equally as unhealthy! However, now that I’m in the second trimester and I’m over the nausea and food aversions (fingers crossed it stays that way), I’m trying to up my daily intake of fruit and veggies. To be honest, I still don’t always fancy them but I know when I do eat well it makes such a big difference to how I feel – both physically and mentally.

As well as a poor diet, dehydration can also lead to feeling tired so make sure you’re drinking plenty throughout the day. Invest in a good water bottle and be sure to fill it up and take it with you wherever you go.

2. Exercise: 

Again, I know how difficult it can be to find the motivation to exercise in those early days of pregnancy (and later on too, for that matter). But you don’t have to spend hours at the gym in order to benefit from exercising. On the days when I can feel my energy levels flagging, I play some of my favourite songs and dance around the house with my two-year-old. It always gives me an energy boost – and it’s good fun too!

If you have a bit more time then you could always do a prenatal exercise DVD or check out some of the pregnancy yoga videos available on YouTube.

3. Have a cold shower:

Now I’m not suggesting that you wash yourself in icy cold water for the foreseeable future but I find that having a shower at a lower temperature than I normally would has far more of an awakening effect on my body. If I’m feeling particularly brave, I’ll have my normal hot shower but then just before I get out, I give myself quick blast of cold water (again, not freezing) to make me feel more alert and ready for the day ahead.

[If you’re at work or don’t have time for a shower, I find that splashing my face with some cold water can be just as effective if you need a quick fix!]

Whilst we’re on the subject of showers, I’ve also found that certain scents in shower gels have more of an awakening effect on me than others. Personally, I like zesty citrus scents like orange and lemon – oh and mint too! Try experimenting with a few different scented shower products to see what works well for you.

4. Nap (if you can): 

Ahhh if only we could just nap whenever we wanted throughout pregnancy?! Chances are though that you have to get up and go to work… or look after other children… or both! I’ve definitely had less opportunity to nap this pregnancy than I did the last time. Life is busy with toddler around! Fortunately, my daughter does still nap so in my first trimester – when I was really struggling with exhaustion, I took the opportunity to sleep too. As soon as she went down for a nap after lunch, I would slip into bed and have nap too. If I didn’t do it right away then I’d end up doing chores around the house and miss my opportunity to catch some Z’s. Big mistake!

In order to avoid feeling groggy and even more tired when you wake up try to limit naps to no longer than 30 minutes.

5. Keep an eye on those iron levels:

Us pregnant mamas are prone to developing low iron levels because our bodies need so much more of it while we’re growing babies. For this reason, your healthcare provider will no doubt be regularly checking your iron levels throughout your pregnancy.

The main symptom of low iron (anaemia) is, yep you guessed it, fatigue. Fatigue occurs because your body doesn’t have enough red blood cells to carry oxygen to its many parts. In my last pregnancy, in order to avoid anaemia, I took a vitamin tablet with iron in it. Unfortunately, this gave me some unwanted side effects. Constipation, anyone? Stomache? It wasn’t pleasant.

This time around I’m taking liquid iron in the form of Blueiron. Blueiron uses a unique micro-encapsulated delivery system which allows the body to absorb only the necessary amount of iron your body needs. This means that it’s effective and yet very gentle on the stomach – no nasty side effects. Yay!

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Blueiron also uses a blend of Nordic blueberries (hence the name) and mineral water which means it tastes great too!

To find out more info about Blueiron visit their website here.

What’s your best tip for fighting pregnancy fatigue? 


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  1. Avatar July 22, 2016 / 8:50 am

    Some great tips! I love that blueiron is all natural too xx

    • Jenna July 22, 2016 / 1:50 pm

      Thanks, Sarah. Oh, definitely – it’s always good to know that something you’re taking during pregnancy (and beyond) is made from natural ingredients. x

  2. Avatar July 22, 2016 / 11:35 am

    Aaah so happy for you lovely. Delighted that you found your dream at the end of the rainbow. Keep drinking that water!! ;) xxx

    • Jenna July 22, 2016 / 1:52 pm

      Ah, thank you so much Caro. :) I will do, I’ve been a lot better at drinking water than I used to be. I never go anywhere without my trusty water bottle! x

  3. Avatar July 22, 2016 / 4:06 pm

    Great tips! I got a freebie of that iron supplement, it’s great and the kids love it too!

    • Jenna July 23, 2016 / 1:42 pm

      Thanks, Claire. My two-year-old likes it too. I mean, it tastes of blueberries – what’s not to love, right? :) x

  4. Avatar July 22, 2016 / 9:48 pm

    Great tips! Oh how I wish I could have napped whenever I needed to. Especially the second time around, its so hard x

    • Jenna July 23, 2016 / 1:43 pm

      Thanks, Laura. Ahh, I know – it’s much harder and more tiring second time round! x

  5. Avatar July 23, 2016 / 12:43 pm

    I loved being able to nap whenever I wanted with my first. Luckily my son still took naps when I was expecting number two, so I could nap too x

    • Jenna July 23, 2016 / 1:46 pm

      Yes, I’ve been lucky in that respect too – my daughter still naps for a couple of hours in the afternoon. x

  6. Avatar July 23, 2016 / 3:40 pm

    I always get low iron levels and end up on the tablets!

    Some great advice – hadn’t thought about the cold showers

    • Jenna July 23, 2016 / 8:58 pm

      Oh no, poor you – having low iron levels makes day-to-day living utterly exhausting.

      Ooo yes, love a cold(ish) shower to wake me up when I’m feeling sleepy – never fails to do the trick! x

  7. Avatar July 23, 2016 / 10:26 pm

    Oh I’ve never known tiredness like being pregnant with twins. I can remember sitting and crying with fatigue. I was anemic with both my pregnancies and had to use an iron liquid (the brand I had was a bit of a faff as you had to take it several times throughout the day). I had a little sample of blue iron and thought it tasted quite nice.

    • Jenna July 23, 2016 / 10:35 pm

      Crikey, I can only imagine how exhausting it must be to carry twins. I’ve found growing one tiny human tiring enough! Ah yes, it is a bit of a faff when you have to take several doses of something throughout the day. My memory is terrible too so more often than not I’d forget to take it. I really like the taste of Blueiron – some of the other liquid iron brands I’ve used in the past have tasted a little too… iron-y?! Yuck. x

  8. Avatar July 24, 2016 / 7:21 am

    I remember with my 2 pregnancies that my iron levels were always a problem for me. I have heard of blueiron before but I have not tried it. I have a leaflet that I got a Britmums and I was wondering if it was good. Not sure if I need it now as I’m not pregnant and I’m not planning to be any more lol but I was curious about it. Your tips are definitely great tips! Thanks for sharing, :-) x

    • Jenna July 24, 2016 / 1:23 pm

      Thank you, Franca. I never really knew just how common a problem it was but apparently up to 85 per cent of women have an iron deficiency by the time they reach the late stages of pregnancy. I’ve really struggled with fatigue in this pregnancy (more so than during my first) but fortunately I’ve felt noticeably more energetic since using Blueiron for the last month or so. Yay! :) xx

  9. Avatar July 24, 2016 / 2:15 pm

    I do remember the fatigue during pregnancy. Wish I had know about blueiron with my two it looks fantastic and that it would be a great help. x

    • Jenna July 24, 2016 / 2:42 pm

      It’s tiring work growing a human, eh? I’ve definitely been feeling the benefit since using Blueiron – feels so good to have some energy back at last! x

  10. Avatar July 24, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    The exhaustion during first and third trimester is very hard to deal with. But I mainly had that problem because my iron levels were really low. I had to take special tablets for it.

    • Jenna July 24, 2016 / 9:02 pm

      Oh definitely – growing a human is such hard work. Even harder if you’re suffering with low iron too. Glad you got tablets to help with it, though. x

  11. Avatar July 24, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    Some brilliant tips, I hated pregnancy although I loved the end result haha. xx

    • Jenna July 24, 2016 / 9:31 pm

      Thanks, Steph! I can see why many woman wouldn’t like pregnancy but the end result is definitely worth it! :) x

    • Jenna July 24, 2016 / 9:12 pm

      Thanks Sarah – they’re certainly not always the easiest things to do whilst pregnant but they do make a world of difference if you can! x

  12. Avatar July 25, 2016 / 6:52 pm

    Such brilliant tips! I found it so hard to find the energy to exercise when I was pregnant with my girls as my sickness was so bad but keeping hydrated was definitely an important one for me! Love your bump photo too xx

    • Jenna July 25, 2016 / 7:44 pm

      Thanks, Georgina – glad you like my tips. I definitely struggled to stay active in the first trimester when I was feeling poorly but I’m trying to do more exercise now that I’m feeling better. But you’re right, staying hydrated makes all the difference. x

  13. Avatar July 27, 2016 / 11:48 am

    Aww can’t believe how quick your pregnancy is going. I am so beyond excited to see your new little person! Well done on drinking more water! I still haven’t even began that again xx

    • Jenna July 27, 2016 / 1:40 pm

      It’s flying by, isn’t it? Terrifying really! :) Honestly, I can’t not drink water – I have been so thirsty this pregnancy. You should definitely be making more effort to stay hydrated though, Madam! Especially in this heat. xx

  14. Avatar August 2, 2016 / 10:48 am

    Agree with everything. Having had four babogs naps, iron and plenty of water helped me through my last pregnancy. My body strangely rejected iron so ended up having to have infusions. Felt great after them.

    • Jenna August 2, 2016 / 10:54 am

      I never go anywhere without my water and that says a lot because I used to be dreadful for not drinking enough. I take Blueiron in the mornings with breakfast and it’s definitely made a difference to my energy levels. I still love the odd nap now and again too! :) x

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