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Your fatigue may be at all-time high, but you can’t just take espresso shots or down an energy drink for that much-needed boost. So, what can you do? Thankfully, there are plenty of natural ways to boost your energy while pregnant. While we ultimately recommend talking with your doctor or midwife (they understand your pregnancy and can give you advice tailored to your specific situation and needs), here is a quick list that can help to get you started:
Good nutrition is super important during pregnancy, but not just for helping your baby grow and stay healthy. It’s also important for your energy levels! Things like processed foods and sugars can cause a quick boost and then lead to a major crash, so do your best to stay away from those. It’s best to eat as balanced of a diet as possible (though you can indulge those pregnancy cravings from time to time!). Try to eat healthy carbs and foods rich in protein and iron, like red meat, dried fruit, fresh fruits and vegetables, sweet potatoes, brown rice, whole grain breads and cereals. Even if your appetite is tough to please these days, simply improving the quality of food you eat can make a big difference in your energy levels. Learn more about nutrition during pregnancy here.
We know, we know: how can you exercise if you’re feeling this tired?? Well first of all, you don’t need to go all out and sign up for prenatal workout classes (although those can be great)! Simply taking a short walk can be a huge help in boosting energy, and it has the added benefit of getting you outside. Spending time outside is great for energy levels and for overall mental health! If you start to do this regularly, you will see a big improvement. Gentle swimming is also great during pregnancy, so if there is a pool in your apartment complex or at your gym, give that a shot, too. Note: Talk with your doctor before you engage in any kind of more strenuous physical activity, like running.
Many pregnant women (especially later in pregnancy) have difficulty sleeping. We know this can be tough, but do your best to get a proper amount of sleep each night. This may mean going to bed at a more reasonable hour or spending less time on your phone in the evenings so that your body starts to adjust. If you find that you’re waking up more easily, buy an eye mask to help you block out light or ear plugs to help you block out noise. If you feel really uncomfortable as you sleep, consider getting a pregnancy pillow or switching sleep positions. It can also be helpful to read a book before bed, enjoy a cup of decaf tea, or take a relaxing bath. All of these things can help your mind and body to slow down and prepare for rest, so consider doing something like this instead of watching a show or scrolling through social media.
Fatigue is a natural part of pregnancy. It’s tough to deal with, but know that you’re feeling extra tired because your body is working extra hard to take care of your growing baby. Thankfully, with a good diet, regular exercise, and plenty of sleep, you can naturally boost your energy levels. If you’re interested, you can also talk to your doctor or midwife about things like natural supplements or vitamins that can help as well.
You’ve got this!