If you’re feeling tired all the time, you can know that it’s quite common especially in the first 12 weeks or so. In fact, tiredness is often the first sign of pregnancy.
Remember, your body is a 24-hour factory with only one person working all the shifts, so some tiredness is to be expected! Tiredness mostly improves in the second trimester, but by the third trimester, tiredness might well increase again from carrying the extra weight.
There’s fortunately a lot you can do to help yourself feel less tired and more energized.
Having a diet rich in fresh seasonal fruits and lightly steamed veggies is essential.
Drinking plenty of water, as dehydration can cause fatigue
Snacking on almonds, bananas or fresh berries if you’re in need of a quick boost.
When cooking, using cooling herbs like mint if you feel all hot and bothered.
If you feel cold and sluggish you can use warming spices like cinnamon and ginger because they will energize you.
Having a cup of refreshing herbal tea like green tea is also very important for your diet.
Wipe your face with a refreshing cool cloth every now and then.
You may need to try a few different pregnancy supplements before finding one that agrees with your system. This could help improve energy levels by topping up those nutrients you haven’t taken in from your food.
Sleep disturbances can contribute to tiredness. Take mini-breaks, go to bed early as pre-midnight sleep will help you feel more rested. Take a homeopathic remedy to help induce safe, restful sleep.
Regular exercise can help improve energy levels. The more stamina you develop and the more toned your body is, the easier you will cope with the extra physical and emotional strain of pregnancy.
Most importantly, go for a walk outside each day; sunlight and fresh air will do wonders for your energy levels!
However, see your Pristine Birth midwife or doctor if your fatigue doesn’t improve or you are often dizzy. Ask your doctor to test you for low blood pressure and anaemia.
In conclusion, Pristine OB-GYN Care believes that conception, pregnancy, labor and birth are normal and natural events in women’s lives that have natural physiological processes. Most women are able to have a completely natural, un-medicated birth outside of the hospital if they wish. Our role is to assist women through pre-conception, pregnancy, and the birth process. Book your appointment today!