Growing a human is amazing, but it’s also exhausting. After eight hours of sleep, you probably still feel knock-down tired, barely able to get your head off your pillow. You’re not alone. Pregnancy fatigue is a real thing, especially during the first trimester. While you might get a boost of energy during the second trimester, that fatigue will probably creep up on you again during the third.
While all you want to do is sleep, you still have to spend many hours of the day awake (unfortunately). You probably still have a lot to do day to day, like go to work, do housework, shop, set up the nursery, and take care of your other kids.
Looking for solutions for extreme exhaustion and low energy during pregnancy? Here are some natural remedies you can try.
1. Take a Nap
It sounds obvious, but when you’re pregnant, it’s a good idea to listen to your body. Growing a baby and creating a placenta are Herculean tasks that take up a lot of energy. A good way to get renewed energy is to take a nap like your body is desperately trying to tell you it needs. Those dishes can wait. Go sleep
Don’t feel guilty about that nap, either: Napping regularly has actually been shown to reduce the risk of low birth weight in your baby, which is another great reason to hit the hay.
Exercising may be the very last thing you want to do, but it can actually improve your energy levels if you can find the will to get up and move. While there are some types of physical activities you should avoid while pregnant, like skiing and horseback riding, exercising during pregnancy can have many benefits, including helping you combat fatigue, get more restful sleep, and reduce the aches and pains that can stop you from getting adequate rest.
Try low-impact exercises like prenatal yoga, walking outside in the fresh air, or indoor cycling.
3. Eat a Healthy Diet
Eating healthy can be tough during the first trimester when you’re dealing with endless nausea and vomiting. As much as you can though, it pays to try to eat nutrient-dense foods that will give you the vitamins and minerals you need to fuel your body, boost your energy, and grow a healthy baby.
During pregnancy, you’re at an increased risk of anemia and other vitamin deficiencies since your baby will take what it needs from you! These nutrient deficiencies can lead to fatigue and low energy, particularly when you’re low on iron and B12.
4. Eat Often
Fatigue and low energy during pregnancy is often caused by low blood sugar levels. To keep your blood sugar levels stable, try eating six small meals a day rather than three large meals. Bonus: This tip not only improves fatigue but can also help with morning sickness and constipation, too.
5. IV Therapy
If you’re having a tough time staying hydrated and getting enough nutrients due to nausea and other pregnancy symptoms, consider IV therapy. This is a fast and effective way to get the fluids, vitamins, and minerals you need straight to your bloodstream to stay hydrated, reduce the risk of vitamin deficiencies, and get a quick energy boost.
Of course, you should always discuss solutions for low energy with your medical practitioner or midwife to ensure it’s right for you and your pregnancy.
If you’re pregnant in the San Francisco Bay Area and interested in trying IV therapy, book an in-home mobile IV therapy session with Rejuv IV to boost your energy.