How to Fight Fatigue During Pregnancy

Are you pregnant and find yourself out of breath and with zero energy most of the time? During pregnancy, the hormone and metabolism levels in women increase to levels that can leave you feeling extremely fatigued. However, you can beat this by sticking to a good diet and with the right exercises.

Diet right: Pregnant mothers should not just eat, they should eat right. Balance your food with the right amount of vitamins and minerals. Eat smaller meals at frequent intervals – so instead of three full meals, try to pack in five to six smaller, yet healthier meals into your day. Snack on fresh fruits and vegetables. Increase your daily caloric intake by 300 to 500 calories. You can satisfy your craving, but don’t turn junk food into a regular diet.

Water: Drink loads of water to avoid dehydration and constipation. Cut sugar and caffeine as these will not only quickly empty your stomach, but also lead to swelling in your feet and hands.

Exercise: When you exercise, your body releases feel-good hormones called endorphins along with increasing your blood circulation levels. So in spite of your low energy levels, make it a point to get your daily dose of exercise, but not to exhausting levles. Increase your metabolism with a mild workout at least four times a week. Do some brisk walking, go for a swim or ride a bike.

Sleep: During the first trimester, your body is busy creating and storing all the vital hormones that will help your baby’s growth. You will tend to consume more energy during this time and so deserve a lot of rest. If you are tired, then listen to your body and sleep. Nap whenever you can – even a 15 minute power nap can revive your energy levels.

Iron deficiencies: Iron deficiency is common during pregnancy so ask your doctor to give you a check for one. Discuss your fatigue with your doctor and he will be able to help ease your situation by prescribing an iron tablet.

Remember that your body is now working for two people – so pay good attention to it. Follow these tips and you can easily beat the overwhelming fatigue that is trying to consume you during these precious months.



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