Pregnancy Fatigue is Real – How Can I Feel Less Tired?

pregnancy fatigue dr torbatiPregnant mothers who have already had children before know just how exhausting 9 moths of pregnancy could be. There are many issues that could arise during pregnancy, so it’s vital to keep in frequent contact with your gynecologist to make sure everything is as smooth as possible. Unfortunately, an issue most of us simply cannot dodge is the concept of “pregnancy fatigue”.

What is “Pregnancy Fatigue”?

This unofficial term is used to describe the tired feeling females experience as a direct result of pregnancy. You drag your feet all day; you plop into bed as soon as you arrive home from work or being out, or you have extreme difficulty taking your head off the pillow. It’s starting to affect you in more ways than one. This is essentially pregnancy fatigue in a nutshell.

It’s no surprise that pregnancy is hard work. It’s also no surprise that pregnancy would cause such a phenomenon. But to take a deeper look, the issue is often felt in the first trimester of pregnancy. And the reason this is the case is because a lot of our body’s energy is used to create the life support system for our soon-to-be-child. This takes a tremendous amount of resources from our body to maintain. By around week 9, it’s common for pregnant females to feel absolutely drained or “pooped”.

How to Improve Pregnancy Fatigue

Pregnancy fatigue is no fun. It takes away your drive to accomplish even the most simple of tasks during the day. As a result, it’s important to bounce back from this groggy, tired feeling. There are a few ways to tackle this issue.

Don’t keep pushing yourself.

Most of us will try and work through the fatigue and continue to push ourselves to our limit. When in reality all you’re really doing is further harming yourself and your child. During pregnancy, you should be resting as much as you can so don’t feel bad if you’re sleeping all of the time.

You need the right fuel.

Eating the right foods and drinks are vital to fueling your pregnancy. We encourage you to consume long-lasting energy boosters such as proteins and complex carbohydrates (i.e. whole grains, nuts, oats, etc.). Sugar and caffeine will only cause you to crash harder when their effects wear off. You should also keep your calorie intake high as opposed to low.

Light exercise.

Light exercise such as a walk around the park or a short jog could go a long way in keeping you prime during your pregnancy. It’s very difficult to perform any exercise when you feel so tired, but trust us – your body will appreciate it.

Should I See a Doctor?

If you feel your fatigue is more severe than what you believe it should be & you experience symptoms such as breathlessness or fainting spells, then you should follow up with your gynecologist. You may be suffering from a common condition during pregnancy known as iron-deficiency anemia, which is very treatable, or prenatal depression which could leave a lasting impact on your energy levels.