Pregnant Mama: Wake Up!

Let me get this straight: Pregnancy makes women tired yet we’re supposed to avoid caffeine? No fair! So how’s a gal supposed to fight fatigue during pregnancy? Check out these tips to help you stay awake and alert during your pregnancy.

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Eat the right foods

According to MayoClinic.com, fatigue during pregnancy can be a sign of “iron deficiency anemia.” But eating the right foods can help diminish fatigue caused by iron deficiency anemia. Mayo Clinic suggests iron-rich foods like “red meat, poultry, seafood, leafy green vegetables, iron-fortified whole-grain cereal and beans.”

Eat small meals or snacks

Remember that a pregnant woman needs about 300 extra calories per day during pregnancy. To stave off low blood pressure and low blood sugar which can cause fatigue, try to eat a snack or small meal every two hours or so. Don’t forget that protein is essential to fueling your pregnant body.

Keep up with your exercise

Yea, we know: You’re too tired to work out. Exercise can actually invigorate and refresh your tired body. Start slow and don’t push yourself too hard during your pregnancy. You may find that a short, brisk walk or a gentle yoga workout will revive you.

Rest when you can

If you have the opportunity to take a rest or a short 30-minute nap during the day, take advantage of it! Even if you don’t have time for a full-blown nap, make time to lie down in a dark, quiet room to relax.

Don’t wear yourself out

Recognize that you may need to readjust your busy schedule during your pregnancy. If you are an on-the-go gal experiencing fatigue during pregnancy, try to eliminate a few activities from your schedule to give yourself some much-needed and much-deserved rest.

Get a full night’s rest

Okay, night owls… it’s time to close those eyes and get some shut-eye. MayoClonic.com suggests getting “seven to nine hours of sleep every night.” Even if you can’t tuck yourself in at 8:30 at night, try to do some soothing activities like reading or soaking in the tub before bedtime.

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