How To Cope With Pregnancy Tiredness

first trimester tiredness

Feeling tired in the early stages of pregnancy is common, with many women who have never needed a daytime snooze  or desperate for a catnap. With fatigue kicking in from as early as four weeks, your body may feel as though it’s climbed Mount Everest by the time you get to 12 weeks, and no amount of sleep seems to make it better.

Why am I so tired?
Your body is going through huge changes and new demands. “Your hormones are changing and your body’s developing – that’s exhausting work. For example, it’s developing your baby’s food supply in the womb, becoming more flexible to allow for the growth of your bump, and dealing with pregnancy hormones flooding your bloodstream. No wonder you’re tired.

How do I cope?
It’s all well and good understanding that you’ll be tired but feeling constantly worn out can be hugely frustrating, especially if you’re trying to keep mum about your baby news until your 12-week scan.Taking naps when you can, getting into an earlier bedtime routine and avoiding too many demanding evenings out can help recharge your batteries.

Expectant mums often have low iron levels too, so munching on iron-rich foods such as leafy green vegetables and red meat will give you a natural pick-me up. And don’t forget to team your meals with
a glass of orange juice as vitamin C has been proven to aid iron absorption.

Taking a pregnancy supplement containing all the essential nutrients should help too. But the main thing is to listen to your body – over the next few months it’s going to be giving you powerful reminders to be good to yourself.

When will it pass?
The worst of the ‘wiped out’ stage tends to last for the first six to ten weeks, and should pass completely by the end of your first trimester. But tiredness can sometimes be a sign of something more serious, such as anaemia, gestational diabetes or an underactive thyroid.

There are so many changes going on in your body that it can be hard to know when something is normal, especially if it’s your first baby. Play safe and get medical advice if you’re worried.” Once you hit the second trimester, you should feel your energy levels return and hopefully enjoy that ‘blooming’ feeling.

Enjoy it as much as you can, as you’ll find tiredness creeping back in as the third trimester arrives and the extra weight you are carrying starts to slow you down.

Best Ways To Cope With Pregnancy Tiredness

  •  Cut the cuppas You may have the urge to reach for a tea or coffee to keep you going, but too much caffeine is bad for you in pregnancy. Trade your usual hot drink for a ginger tea instead.
  • Be a slacker The key to getting enough rest is about saying no. Don’t volunteer for overtime or take work home, and keep your social diary light, even if it means letting friends down. They will understand.
  • Bop with your bump If you feel you’re flagging, put some music on and dance. Scientists believe moving to your favourite tunes can help beat fatigue and boost mood.
  • Switch off Your bedroom should be a sleep zone, so remove things like the television or your phone. And don’t forget to team your meals with a glass of orange juice as vitamin C has been proven to aid iron absorption.
  • Taking a pregnancy supplement containing all the essential nutrients should help too. But the main thing is to listen to your body – over the next few months it’s going to be giving you powerful reminders to be good to yourself.

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