How to Beat Fatigue During Pregnancy:
10 Epic Easy ways
Hello pregnant mamas – to- be! I am so excited because I am going to talk about Fatigue during pregnancy! This is real as some of you may know.
Now I know this is definitely a common topic the majority of women will experience this symptom during pregnancy. I am so delighted to help with this one. I had four babies all girls and I experienced fatigue with each pregnancy. That’s a lot wouldn’t you say? If you are pregnant and looking for real relief, help and support? You have come to the right place!
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Are you looking to overcome the bad feeling fatigue brings to your pregnant life? Ready to take a deep dive into effective ways you can beat this common pregnancy symptom called Fatigue?
This post is for you if…
You’re tired of fatigue and really ready to overcome the bad feeling that Fatigue brings to your pregnant life. Or you just want to be prepared just in case its creepy head shows up. In this post, you’ll get real, actionable steps to confidently lessen the effects of fatigue during your pregnancy.
Well lets get started. I ‘ll show you how I did it.
Fatigue during pregnancy really is no fun, period!!! It is a feeling of extreme tiredness where you feel unable to in some cases to carry out your normal work routine. At the end of this post my goal is for you my dear to fully understand what this condition is all about and how you can overcome it.
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Our topics will include:
- What is fatigue during pregnancy?
- The symptoms of Fatigue
- The amazing, effective things you can do to fight against Fatigue . Yay, yay! How can I boost my energy while pregnant?
1.What is fatigue during pregnancy?
This is a common condition experienced by pregnant women during the first trimester of pregnancy. You are tired and in being too tired, you are also unable to sleep. Can you imagine? Your body needs to rest , you lie down but you cannot sleep. Mama I have been there.
Lets face it: As a woman we do so much for others and often leave ourselves uncared for like we should. We only want the best for our family, and home. Pregnancy added to the situation can complicate things a bit.
Some of you work on a 9-5 job, or some of you probably are stay at home moms, and you the work NEVER stops here! We all in both situations are being tossed to and fro. The bible tells us that we must love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
Jesus is telling us that it is important to take care of ourselves before we take care of we others. There are so many things that we often try to handle at one time. Life happens to us all and I believe prioritizing our issues play a big role in helping us to manage our lives.
2.What are the symptoms of fatigue during pregnancy?
Pregnancy, often makes you tired, if not exhausted, especially during the first 12 weeks. Life alone can sometimes make us tired so imagine pregnancy.
Hormonal changes at this time can cause fatigue, nausea, and emotional outbursts. The only solution is to get as much rest as possible.
- Inability to sleep- sleep deprivation increases moodiness
- Irritability – where you become easily agitated
3. The top 10 amazing , effective things you can do to fight against Fatigue during your pregnancy .
Pregnant mama, the symptoms you are experiencing are normal and natural. Despite this fact, there are some things you can do to help yourself survive so that the symptoms are less. These are some remedies you can try:
1.Rest as much as possible
Now I know some of you might be saying you are too busy. But what I did was I usually just rested when those bouts of tiredness came upon me. It is important to rest because whenever you do not rest, you become easily agitated. For me, I would find myself getting upset quickly with my hubby for no reason when I look back now. It’s the side effects of lack of sleep.
This can cause a lot of friction in the relationship. I the beginning I found myself sleeping so much. When your body is in this state remember, it is busy working to ensure that your little star is developing properly.
2. Elevate your feet
This helps with blood and oxygen circulation to reach the brain. I remember my feet swelling only at the end of the pregnancy. -3rd trimester. However, I found elevating my feet did relax me somewhat. I would crutch in my favorite coach with feet elevated and comfortable and soon dwindle to a nice sleep.
3. Get help to care for the house or other kids
Many times this was a hard one for me. When I was pregnant, I had my mom available to help me with the other kids if need be. My hubby was a good sport and did the best he could. He cooked , cleaned, and even plait the girls hair! All I could do was smile when I saw my girls hair, if you know what I mean.
There were times when he had to work and my mom was no longer around. Do you know what I did? If I was feeling Fatigued, I would get something to eat which was only a little due to the nausea that comes with being pregnant. Instead of doing the house work I would choose to rest and deal with that later. It just made coping easier. I hope you have some good friendswho don’t mind lending a helping hand.
4. Eat a dense rich foods
These foods are all natural – fruits and vegetables. They are far better than processed foods like deserts, colas, carbonated drinks, and chips. I always try to choose those foods that would do more good than harm. Now I did not say I never ate junk food! I will admit I did once in a while. We all do . Do it with caution because your baby’s life depends also on what you eat. Right?😄
Eating healthy is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle at any age, but it is especially important if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Eating healthily during pregnancy will aid in the proper development of your baby.
It’s important to eat a variety of foods every day to ensure that you and your baby stay healthy and get the right balance of nutrients is better than taking supplements. Additionally , you should also take a folic acid supplement to guarantee you get everything you need.
4. Stay hydrated
Keeping your fluids up is very important. Getting dehydrated can cause you become nauseous so try to avoid this from happening. Drink healthy drinks like these. They will nourish your body much more than colas, or carbonated over sweetened drinks. Continue taking your folic acid supplement which is regularly recommended during the first three months. I drank water more than sweetened drinks.
Some pregnant women told me that they cannot drink water during pregnancy. Lets keep in mind that we all are different. If you are a person like this I would suggest that you drink the more natural drinks like these:
5. Know the foods that are safe and the ones to avoid
Safe foods to eat include
- meats such as chicken, pork and beef, as long as they’re well-cooked with no trace of pink or blood; be especially careful with poultry, pork, sausages and burgers
- cold, pre-packed meats such as ham and corned beef
Some foods can be harmful for you during pregnancy. Beware of foods like unpasteurized milk, eggs or cheeses.
Listeria can be found in unpasteurized dairy products. This bacteria can cause a condition known as listeriosis.
There is a tiny possibility that listeriosis will cause a miscarriage, stillbirth, or make your newborn baby very sick.
Moisture is higher in soft cheeses with a white coating on the outside. Bacteria may be able to grow more quickly as a result of this. Other foods to avoid include:
- raw or undercooked meat
- liver and liver products
- all types of pâté, including vegetarian pâté
- game meats such as goose, partridge or pheasant
- Regular eggs that is raw or partially cooked.
- raw shellfish
- smoked fish such as smoked salmon and trout
- raw or lightly cooked fish in sushi, if the fish has been frozen first
- cooked shellfish, such as mussels, lobster, crab, prawns, scallops and clams
- cold pre-cooked prawns
Be careful with tuna because it contains more mercury than other fish. Too much mercury in your diet can be harmful to your unborn child. I remember I loved tuna during my pregnancies. I substituted for sardines. Which food was your favorite during your pregnancy?
Oily fish should be consumed in moderation because they contain pollutants such as dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls. These can be harmful to your unborn baby if consumed in excess.
Raw shellfish should not be eaten because they may contain harmful bacteria, viruses, or toxins. These can make you sick and cause food poisoning. With the nausea and vomiting that occurs with the first trimester who needs anymore?
6. Find comfortable sleep positions
Mommies I hope you are able to find that comfortable position when you are going to sleep. Getting a good sleep as you know is everything. Sleeping on your side, either left or right, is the most secure position. I often told my patients to sleep on their left side which has more oxygen and blood getting to your little star.
According to research, sleeping on your back after 28 weeks can double your chances of having a stillbirth. This could be related to the flow of blood and oxygen to the baby. So let’s play it safe pregnant mama.
Do not be concerned if you wake up on your back – the study looked at the position pregnant women fell asleep in because this is the position we stay in the longest. If you wake up on your back, simply turn over and go back to sleep on your side.
You can try using pregnancy pillows to support your bump, and total body, or putting a pillow between your knees. These provide good comfort and relief from aches and pains. Do what ever is in your power to ensure that you get a good sleep. Take a few minutes right now to add some ideas you would like to try. After doing this find some time to give them a try and let me know ho it worked out. OK?☺
7. Try some safe exercises
Even if you are tired during the day, try to do some activity, such as going for a walk or swimming, to help you feel less tired. Or use watch a good video with some safe exercises on you tube.
I know this may seem daunting when you are Fatigued, but it can help you become more energized because of the increased oxygen and blood flow. Consult your doctor about which ones are safe for you at this time.
8. Relax before bed time
Practice relaxing before your bedtime. Whatever eases your mind. I used to do the following:
- Watch some TV. Me and television are not good partners like my husband. He can watch it for hours. For me it takes 15 -30 minutes before I am yawning and getting drowsy and soon off to la, la land.
- Read a boring book until you feel yourself dosing off
- Oops I almost forgot, I would relax by drinking some cocoa or tea with milk and peanut butter on toast before settling to bed.
Think about some practical things that you will try today?
9. Stay away from too much caffeine
If you are struggling with insomnia, you should not be taking anything with caffeine. So if you are a coffee lover you can try settling for decaffeinated. Researchers have suggested to limit coffee during the first trimester to 12 ozs per day /20 mgs daily I never drank coffee during any of my pregnancies.
Nowadays, I think I am making up for the times I missed. Remember it is found in foods like sodas, tea, chocolate, and even some over-the-counter medications that relieve headaches. Also,
Caffeine passes through the placenta to your baby. Although you may be able to handle the caffeine amounts you feed your body, your baby lacks the enzymes needed to breakdown caffeine.
Caffeine, in any amount, can also cause a change in your baby’s sleep or normal movement in the second trimester of pregnancy. Caffeine is a stimulant that can keep you and your baby awake. So mama you really, really need to watch what you eat.
10. Ask God to help you
Did you know God is there for you as you go through every situation in your life? That’s what I did to help me survive Fatigue during pregnancy. I encourage you to say this prayer out loud:
Heavenly father, I come to you my creator. You know everything about me; even the number of hair on my head. I really need your help to heal my body of Fatigue. You said that with you NOTHING shall be impossible, so I come today to ask you to heal my body from Fatigue. I receive your strength, mercy, and grace by faith to sustain me. I thank you that Fatigue is leaving my body right now. I believe by faith that it is done in Jesus mighty name. Amen!
Fatigue during pregnancy although very common in the majority of pregnant women, can be managed to some degree. Isn’t that good news? I hope I have given you some solutions that can give you some comfort you so desperately need.
It is my hope that your pregnancy is going well with minimum or no symptoms. This is the # 1 midwife encouraging you to stay strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Pray about everything. Thank you for showing up today. Please like , comment, or ask a question if you wish and see ya again soon.
What are some of the challenges you are having or had with Fatigue during your pregnancy? What trimester are you most tired during pregnancy? Or maybe you are not having any symptoms. Let me know in the comments😃
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