Fatigue During Pregnancy

Being tired during pregnancy is a fairly common occurrence. There are several reasons for fatigue during pregnancy. The first one is, of course, hormonal changes, especially during the first trimester when your body experiences a surge of progesterone. The other reason why many women feel tired during pregnancy is the simple fact that growing a baby inside of you requires a whole lot of energy. Your blood supply increases and your heart works up to five times harder than usual.
Many pregnant women also have troubles sleeping. Their sleep is shallower then usual and is often disrupted because they need to go to the bathroom more frequently. But even women that don’t go experience sleep problems find that they require more and more sleep to get them through the day.
So what can you do if you are experiencing fatigue during pregnancy? Most importantly, you need to ensure that you are eating properly. There are a lot of resources that discuss the correct diet during pregnancy, so we won’t go into much detail here. Just remember to eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits and cut down on sweets and salty snacks. Also, try to keep in mind to get as much fluids as your body needs. By fluids, I mean water or unsweetened tea or lemonade. As most pregnant women know, coffee is best avoided. If you can’t give up coffee altogether, try to limit your intake to one cup a day.
Another thing that might help with tiredness during pregnancy is power naps. You’ve probably already heard about these as they were very popular a couple of years back. They are basically short sleeps (up to 20 minutes) that allow you to rest without entering the stage of deep sleep. You can have a couple of these short naps during the day as long as you don’t take them to late in the afternoon. The reason for this is that otherwise you might not be able to fall asleep in the evening.
Besides proper nutrition and sleep routine, experts also recommend moderate amount of exercise. By moderate, they mean short walks or light exercises. It is best if you incorporate physical activity in your lifestyle, for example going on the steps instead of an elevator, getting out of the bus one stop earlier, and so on.
But what if you are doing all this and your fatigue still persists? In this case, you should see a doctor to make sure you don’t have anemia. This condition is fairly common in pregnant women and easily treated. The doctor may perform other tests, just to make sure everything is fine.
Anxiety is also among the common reasons for fatigue in pregnant women. Even though most women are excited and happy about their pregnancy, they tend to worry a lot. They worry about the health of the baby, about the birth, and about the life after pregnancy. The best thing in this case is to share these thoughts with a family member or a friend, who went through pregnancy before and can understand what you are going through.

Annita Brixen is a freelance writer. She likes to discuss health-related and lifestyle topics. To read more about tiredness and what you can do to get rid of it, take a look at the End Tiredness Program.