Fatigue is often synonymous with being pregnant. It actually is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy but often doesn’t get noticed as we all tend to lead rather busy lives.
The first three months of pregnancy are usually when you are likely to feel the most tired. The hormonal changes that your body is going through, especially the increase of progesterone, are going to make you feel sleepy. Also, as the amount of blood in your body increases, your blood pressure and your blood sugar level are lower, which also causes a feeling that everything is a little bit too much. If you add to that morning sickness, there is no wonder you feel tired!
Usually, the second trimester is when you are likely to feel the most energetic. This is usually the easiest part of the pregnancy when you feel like your usual self again. But as you enter the third trimester and that the baby’s size and weight increase, you may experience tiredness again.
So, what can you do about it? Although it can be tricky to “take it easy” when work and life in general are still demanding your attention, a decision to take some time out for you every day and do something that you enjoy can definitely help. Catch up on Netflix series, have a bath, read a book and try and get to bed a bit earlier if you can.
Look also at what you eat, which can be tricky if all you fancy is plain crackers! Ideally try and have a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and veg but also, be kind to yourself, treat yourself to something yummy and not particularly healthy if you feel like it!
Stress is definitely going to eat away at your energy level, especially if it has an impact on your sleep, so try and relax. Take some time to be present in the moment, letting go of what bothers you.
Interestingly, as much as it is appealing to stay on the sofa as much as possible – especially when the weather isn’t particularly inviting – the right amount and style of exercise can also boost your energy level.
Going for a walk in nature and taking the time to breathe is a lovely way to make you feel energised. Taking part in a prenatal yoga class will have the combined benefits of making you move in a safe way while also providing you with a chance to let go of stress and to take some time out for you.
Remember that you are creating a new life. That is an amazing thing and you deserve all the love, care and attention in the world, so listen to yourself and your body, accept offers of help or ask for help (no, you don’t need to be Superwoman!), eat well (but don’t be too hard on yourself) and move in a way that will nourish your body and not deplete it. Enjoy the ride!