Do you ever wake up in the morning and already feel ready for a nap? When I was pregnant with my first baby, sometimes all I wanted to do was sleep! It drove me crazy being soooo tired all of the time.
There’s actually a few super simple reason why you feel so tired all of the time during your first and third trimesters of pregnancy.
First, your body is crying out for more iron. According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), your body needs double the regular amount of iron during pregnancy. Your body uses iron to make something called hemoglobin, which is what helps your red blood cells to get oxygen all through your body.
During that third trimester, you’ll probably have a hard time staying asleep at night. I woke up all through the night needing to run to the bathroom, or just because my feet were throbbing and swollen. All I wanted was sleep, but the baby wanted to be awake!
There are some pretty simple fixes for pregnancy fatigue. I’ll give you the four that worked the best for me!
Load up on Iron & Vitamin C.
Remember–your body needs more iron than usual to get all of the extra blood & oxygen to your growing baby. If you have an iron deficiency, you are going to be more tired than normal.
Start adding foods with iron and vitamin C to your diet and your energy levels will perk right up. I like to add mangoes, spinach, and sweet potatoes to my diet, but you could also try red meats, fish, and poultry. The extra vitamin C helps you absorb that iron, so try eating a citrus fruit or some tomatoes.
Drink more water earlier in the day.
If you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night to use the restroom, you are not alone. We can’t just stop drinking water altogether because your body needs the hydration! Try drinking more water earlier in the day and then stop drinking two hours before you go to bed. That should give you a few extra hours of shut-eye and rest.
It sounds crazy, I know, but exercise will actually give you more energy! Dr. Randy Fink, an OB-GYN with a private practice in Miami, says, “The single most common factor my more energetic patients have is that they exercise.” WHOA! That sold me, right there. I love the energetic feeling I get after a little workout.
There are tons of ways to move your body all day without it feeling like a workout. Instead of sitting down to watch your favorite TV show, turn on the show and do something active, like walking on a treadmill or stretching!
I know, it can be kind of scary to work out while pregnant. I am a certified prenatal fitness coach and I created an exercise program specifically for my pregnant mommas! My 15-Day Fit Mommy Challenge will help you stay fit (and safe) during and after your pregnancy. Check it out for some fun workouts and delicious meal plans. You will sleep so much better if your body got a little workout during the day!
Change your routine.
Listening to your body during pregnancy is the most important thing you can do. If you feel tired, sit or lay down and take a rest. Don’t push yourself too hard, mamma. Heading to bed earlier in the evening or even sleeping in a few minutes longer could totally change your energy levels throughout the day.
If your feelings of fatigue are really strong and none of these tips have been working, please consult your doctor. Remember–this is all worth it for that beautiful baby of yours!