Top Tips for Pregnancy Fatigue
Growing tiny humans is exhausting right?! Due to changes in your hormones and the energy that growing your mini demands on your body, pregnancy fatigue can take tiredness to whole other level.
Here are some tips from midwife, Claire Moffatt of Grow Lactation:
1. Relax and rest where you can: You may not always have the luxury of a long afternoon nap but even a 20-minute power nap, a relaxing bath or some breathing exercises can help.
2. Exercise: It may sound surprising following the advice to rest, but doing 30 minutes of exercise a day (even if it's broken down into smaller segments) can help fight fatigue as it helps your body to release those feel-good endorphins. Remember to stick to forms of exercise your body is already familiar with and check with your health care professional first.
3. Star hydrated: Getting enough water in a day does wonders for energy levels and staying hydrated is important in pregnancy. By the time you feel thirsty, chances are you're already dehydrated.
4. Eat well: Try to avoid foods high in sugar or that are processed. These foods will give you a quick energy spike only to follow up with a big energy dip. Rather opt for low GI carbs, proteins and good fats. These will keep your energy levels sustained for longer.
5. Take your pregnancy vitamins daily to ensure your body is getting everything it needs, especially Iron. Often low Iron levels can be a reason for general fatigue.
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