Pregnancy is an amazing experience. It is full of excitement and important milestones - from finally seeing your little one on a scan photo to that precious first kick. Despite all the wonderful parts of pregnancy, you cannot ignore the not-so-fabulous elements. The grizzly side effects - morning sickness, stress, swelling up like a balloon and feeling TIRED ALL THE TIME.
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Are you barely able to drag yourself off the sofa and you wouldn't even flinch if Ryan Gosling came to the door?
Well, feeling like your get-up-and-go has simply got-up-and-gone, aka pregnancy fatigue, has to be one of the most common complaints pregnant women have. Sadly, sleep problems can affect you in your first trimester, second trimester and (yep, you guessed it) third trimester of pregnancy.
It’s not just a lack of zzz's thanks to your baby bump that’s to blame - ‘Your body’s dealing with the incredible physical challenges of pregnancy,’ says GP Dr Carol Cooper. ‘It’s been drained of nutritional reserves, deprived of rest and pushed to its limits.’
If you've had enough of feeling like a zombie, try our energy-boosting advice and you’ll soon feel ready for anything (yes, that includes you, Mr Gosling).
8 energy boosting tips:
Running on adrenaline is great at the time, but you will crash into a wall soon enough. If you want to stay awake for your fave soap or TV Drama after the watershed, try some deep breathing.
3) Take a breath
Put the tip of your tongue against the ridge behind your upper teeth. Exhale through your mouth, making a ‘wheesh’ sound. Then inhale through your nose for a count of four, hold your breathe for seven, and exhale through your mouth for eight. Sit up straight, too. ‘Your lungs work harder when you’re pregnant and, if you slouch, you’ll reduce their capacity further and take in less oxygen, which diminishes energy,’ says Alexander technique teacher Noel Kingsley.
We all recognise that post-lunch dip, but researchers have put an exact time on it – beware 2.16pm. Trying to digest a big lunch before this time can make it worse, so eat half your lunch before, and the rest mid-afternoon to sustain your energy levels. ‘Grazing is fine if you reach for the healthy stuff – think houmous, yoghurt, fruit, chicken and bread,’ says Dr Rana Conway, author of What To Eat When You’re Pregnant. ‘Also stock up on healthy food that’s easy to prepare, such as baking potatoes, tins of tuna, baked beans and veg.
4) Eat for energy
You might feel that exercise is the last thing on your mind during pregnancy
if you're feeling tired and sluggish. However, regular exercise can increase your energy levels, make you feel less tired in the long run and even improve your sleep.
Running, walking, dancing, swimming, weight-training, cycling, pilates, aerobics and yoga (on land or in a swimming pool) are all fantastic and totally safe exercises to do with a bump. ‘Even a modest amount of exercise during pregnancy will release those feel-good endorphins, lift your mood and make it easier to sleep, reducing stress, anxiety and depression,’ says Bump2Mum fitness expert Lucie Brand.
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