Wasn’t it just yesterday that I carried all my precious babies? My children are all adults now but I will never forget the wonderful feeling of every child I carried. Watching each sonogram and seeing the heartbeat is such an amazing experience. I wished my mom were with me during those days to give me advice on diet, rest, and baby care. I relied on books because the internet came into my life only in 1996. Expecting moms are very blessed these days because there is a whole world of information out there.
I felt my body changing as it adapted a life-support system for my growing baby. It is normal to feel some strain on your energy especially during the first trimester. Renewed energy comes during the second trimester but fatigue could surface back in the last trimester.
Now, you need not feel all that tired if you are aware on how to beat pregnancy fatigue. Here are some tips:
1. Eat well and focus on energy boosters such as protein and complex carbohydrates. Fatigue may be caused by low iron levels so eat iron-rich foods such as leafy green vegetables, red meat, dried fruits, eggs, sardines, and beans. Of course check with your doctor if you experience extreme fatigue.
2. Eating frequent mini-meals and snacks ensures even blood sugar level that keeps your energy steady, as well. During breakfast, I took fiber-rich foods like whole grain cereals, oats, or brown rice. These complex carbohydates provide a slow yet constant release of energy compared to foods that are high in sugar.
3. If you’re tired, get enough rest. As a general rule, if your body's screaming for ‘Sleep!', do what it says. One way to getting enough rest is learning to say no especially at work. This means don’t bring work at home or volunteer for overtime work. Try not to travel too much with your job.
4. If possible, go to bed earlier, or stay in bed later — or do both. If you have trouble sleeping, prop any old pillow between your knees to help ease any lower back and hip discomfort that you may experience while sleeping on your side.
5. Take short brisk walks . Not only will it make you feel energetic, but happier due to the mood-elevating hormones, endorphins. It also aids in sleeping better at night. More sleep tonight means more energy for the next day but don't overdo it though.
It is wise to play safe and get medical advice if you're worried about unusual changes or extreme fatigue in your body. If your fatigue is severe and persistent, contact your medical doctor.