There's one thing for certain...
Being tired and sore sucks!
Fatigue during pregnancy is a very typical complaint.
Whether it is the first trimester or the third, we hear it all the time:
Do you have any ideas on how to
not be so tired all the time?
Here's a few of our favorite tips:
This one seems a bit obvious, but make sure you're getting plenty of rest.
You need more than you used to, you're growing a human (or two, or three) for goodness sakes; don't skimp on the sleep and the naps! Having trouble sleeping? More pillows and one of those eye covers work wonders!
Drink plenty of water.
Being dehydrated can be a huge cause of fatigue (as well as a slew of other things). Check with your care provider to see how much they'd ideally like you to be drinking and see where you're at.
Change your plans.
I know, I know... baby is already changing things, but the truth is filling your schedule and being as busy as you used to be may just not work anymore! Try making sure you can be home and in bed at about the same time and remember it is okay to say "NO" to doing things.
This is another one of those obvious ones, but no one really craves carrots during pregnancy... Do your best. The vitamins and minerals your body needs are best from fresh fruits and veggies! (We wont judge your midnight ice cream though)
Yes, we just told you to take it easy, but moderate exercise (as long as you're cleared by your care provider) can boost your energy like crazy! You may also be thinking "how can I possibly work out when I'm already this tired!?" but thankfully even just a walk can help boost your energy.
Have your care provider check your iron, Vit B, and Vit D.
All these things can play a huge role in feeling down, so if you're really struggling ask if they thing you might have some levels off and see about getting tested and what you can do to help.
Fatigue caused by pregnancy can be a huge bummer,
but hopefully with some of these tips
and the support of your
care provider, family, and doula you can get through to the other side without falling asleep too many weird places!
Jessica Anne Dill