Fatigue is a hallmark sign of early pregnancy that sometimes lingers for the duration of your pregnancy. Finding ways to manage fatigue in order to get through the day is essential. I still haven’t figured things out completely nor do I have all the answers. However, here are a few guidelines that I’ve found helpful in managing my pregnancy-related fatigue on top of fatigue related to my Multiple Sclerosis.
Ways to Reduce the Effects of Pregnancy Fatigue
When I was working out I had a lot more energy. Sure my feet were killing me because I work full time on my feet, but I felt much less fatigue. Be sure to get your cardio in and check with your doctor before doing any resistance with weights. I’d recommend going for walks and I like to dance so make sure you shake it too!
This one seems like common sense but it’s a lot easier said than done. Either you may have obligations that keep you from getting the full amount of sleep you require or you may have trouble because of the baby.
The baby can cause trouble sleeping for more reasons than one. Kicks are my struggle right now at 29 weeks. Finding a comfortable sleep position is another big issue. Lastly, the frequent urge to rush to the bathroom. There’s nothing worse than getting the baby to settle down, finding a good position, all to have to get up go to the bathroom and do it all again!
If there are external factors you can control, do it. Either by buying a sleep pillow, timing your liquid consumption, or anything else that works for you.
Check out this pregnancy pillow below that is Prime eligible and has great reviews if you do not currently own a body pillow of some sort.
The phrase “you are what you eat” is a very real one. I’ve always heard that controlling your diet helps boost energy and weight loss but never took heed. Now that you’re pregnant, you have 3 great reasons to start eating better: boost energy, manage weight, healthy baby. By the way, it’s imperative that you make time for breakfast if you plan to survive the day.
Here is an article about the Pregnancy Snacks I Eat On the Go.
I’m guilty of having an inconsistent schedule and therefore inconsistent sleep schedule. Make sure that regardless of what time you have to be somewhere you get up at the same time every day. Heck, create a morning routine if it helps. Get out of the bed, make the bed, eat! I’m guilty of being awake but not getting up. This worsens fatigue! Don’t fall for it.
What helps you get out of bed in the morning? Any tips that keep you alert throughout the day?
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