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.
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!
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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