How can I function like a real life human being if I am always so tired? I ask myself this on a weekly basis.
I know I am not the only person to feel this way when going through pregnancy. So how does someone like myself and many others, work a full time job, exercise, cook, clean etc. while also creating life?
Reading that paragraph now seems ridiculous as people in worse conditions living in 3rd world countries are getting sh*t done and also making babies, but that doesn’t take away how tired I am, right?
We all know that nausea is one of the big side effects during your first trimester, but I never heard how debilitating the exhaustion could be. Hormonal changes are likely the cause of this DRAGGING feeling. During early pregnancy the body is producing more blood to carry nutrients to the baby. Blood sugar levels and blood pressure are also lower which will contribute to your fatigue and a little bit of light headedness at times.
Over the past few weeks I have come up with some tactics and tips that have helped me during some drag ass days.
Learn your “energy clock”
I don’t know if this is the case for anyone else, but I have noticed that my energy is high at certain times and super drained at others. There has definitely been somewhat of a pattern with these spurts of energy. For me, the morning hours are when I feel most energized. I have learned to take advantage of my “peak” times and fit my workouts out as soon as I wake up.
This is true whether you are pregnant or not – you need to drink lots of water! I read in one of my pregnancy books that you want your water to be basically clear all the time. I was having a hard time remembering to drink water so my friends got me one of those Hydrate water bottles to remind me to drink a certain amount of water a day. If I am not getting in enough H20 I get super drowsy. So remember, drink a lot of water but try to stop drinking around 8PM so you aren’t up all night peeing.
Go to bed earlier. Even if you aren’t able to fall asleep right away you should complete all of your nightly rituals and hit the sheets at bit earlier than you are used to. Simple math really… Sleep earlier+sleep longer=don’t feel so exhausted in the AM.
Eat Enough Food
Make sure to eat enough throughout the day. This is true pregnant or not, if your body is not getting the vitamins and nutrients it needs from food your energy levels will be lower. You will probably notice that when you eat sugar and other processed crap you hit a wall and your blood sugar drops. Remember this next time you reach for those sour patch kids and reach for an apple and almonds instead. ( I am really just telling that to myself, because I love me some sour patch kiddos)
We all have different daily schedules and work obligations but if you are able to I suggest giving into the yawns and take a little cat nap. Usually a 20-30 minutes snooze will give me that boost of energy I need. If you tired enough and need to close your eyes than you should listen to your body and rest.
I hope some of these tips help you during your 1st trimester and beyond. I have been told that the exhaustion is not nearly as bad during the 2nd trimester. In the meantime, stay alert ladies and do the best you can.