Wondering why the sofa suddenly seems more inviting than usual? Or why you feel so tired and sleepy most of the time? It is normal to experience fatigue during pregnancy and here are some of the things you may want to know about it.
What To Expect
This is the period when your body goes through a lot of changes. You utilize a huge amount of energy to create a life support system for the growing fetus. Some changes include increase in blood production and elevated hormone levels such as estrogen (which helps the fetus develop) and progesterone (which aids in enlarging the uterus to accommodate a full-term baby). All of these combined make you sleepy and tired.
As your body adapts to the changes, your energy level will increase and you will feel like your old self again. This is the best time to go out, meet friends, and shop for your upcoming baby’s needs. Fatigue will normally return by your seventh month.
You are getting ready for the birth of your child so expect more demands to your body than ever. The extra weight can make you uncomfortable, causing back pains, frequent urination, and heartburn, all making it hard to sleep and decreasing your energy level.
Listen To Your Body
Follow what your body tells you. If you feel exhausted and worn out, then take a break and relax for a while. Do not push yourself as this might be too stressful for your body and lead to situations like pre-term labor.
Make it a habit to hit the sack earlier than your normal sleep schedule. Two to three hours more snoozes and having a 15-minute catnap during the day can definitely boost your energy.
Pregnant women need an extra 300 calories everyday. Snack up on fruits, vegetables, iron rich foods like beans and lentils, and protein such as lean meats and eggs. Lessen caffeine intake as this may worsen your frequent urination and hydrate yourself with water or fruit juices.
Get all the help you can. If a relative volunteers to help you out with some of the house chores, then by all means accept it. If you have older children, let them help too by washing the dishes and cleaning up after themselves.
Request for shortened hours at work or change in schedule to what is more convenient for you, and take advantage of your sick leaves if you do not feel well.
Even if it seems that you have no strength left, taking a short brisk walk can actually make you feel better and improve your sleep at night. Take note that all exercises should be mild to moderate unless your doctor advises you otherwise.