Once you've got your head around the faint line on the pregnancy test, it's easy to imagine your life as one with boundless energy, streams of compliments and the 'pregnancy glow', everyone talks about... right?
However, pregnancy is full of undesirable side effects (hello, acid reflux!), tiredness and being bombarded with the infamous "When is it due?" at every family gathering.
If you are experiencing pregnancy fatigue, there are a few things you can do to give you a much-needed boost.
Thank us later!
1) Start your day with a stretch
Having a stretch first thing is the best thing you can do for energy levels.
‘It mobilises the whole body, boosting blood flow and oxygen to your brain,’ says personal trainer Alison Merry, founder of Blooming Fit.
Stretching is also a godsend for achy joints and muscles, which is a common side effect of pregnancy.
Just avoid doing any deep-back stretches, without consulting a doctor.
For mum-to-be's struggling for ideas, there's lots of great YouTube videos
which you can follow along from your own living room!
2) Eat a breakfast rich in protein
Unless you're a complete breakfast-phobe, it's important to get a hearty and balanced meal first thing. Breakfast is especially important after a long night's sleep as your body is low on energy and micronutrients.
Ensuring your breakie is made up of quality carbohydrates and proteins is essential
for helping you feel both satisfied and energised.
‘Carbs give you energy but eating them with protein slows the release rate, so you feel fuller and more energised for longer,’ says Dr Marilyn Glenville, author of The Natural Health Bible For Women. Try wholemeal toast with eggs and tomato, or a nut butter.
Greek yoghurt and oats are also great sources of protein.
Read more: 8 food and drinks to avoid during pregnancy
6) Choose a light dinner
Remember the famous saying, 'Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper'? This is something to remember when looking for an energy boost
Note: Of course, you want to be eating enough
calories and nutrients throughout the day or you'll feel very fatigued.
But, it's wise to opt for a smaller portion on an evening to help combat indigestion
and keep blood sugar levels stable before sleep.
‘Light dinners will help stop indigestion or heartburn keeping you awake,’ says Marilyn. ‘If hunger wakes you at night, have a small, carb-based snack shortly before bed to raise your blood sugar. A small bowl of porridge with milk is perfect.’
7) Try a DIY foot bath
Give your tootsies a much-needed pampering session with a makeshift foot bath. All you need is a bowl of hot water and a bowl of cold. Put your feet in the warm water for a minute, then switch to the cold. Repeat three times.
This calming ritual will help increase circulation, de-puff those newly-formed cankles
and help give your energy levels a boost!
8) Add body brushing to your routine
Here’s an easy way to get yourself going first thing. Before you turn on the shower, get to work with a body brush.
Your skin may be extra-sensitive, so choose one with soft bristles – we recommend the Round Body Brush (£8, The Body Shop)
Start by rubbing your feet (if you can still reach them!), then gently move upwards towards your heart to boost your circulation. The increased blood flow will seriously liven you up.
9) Switch your usual triple-shot coffee
Although a daily cup of coffee is fine during pregnancy, if you’re more of a triple-shot macchiato girl, you may miss your usual hit. Try herbal teas,
instead. Peppermint will refresh you and make you feel much more alert. For a long-term boost, try nettle or fennel. These increase the amount of iron you absorb from food.
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