What % of women get this ailment? It is estimated that more than 50% of all pregnant women report this symptom.
All you want to do is lie down on a floor (anywhere!) and just sleep. Most of you will be more tired than usual during pregnancy, especially during early and late pregnancy. At these times, your body is producing new hormones and making a lot of changes to prepare for the hard work ahead which is exhausting (creating a human being takes a bit of work!).
What Causes Lack of Energy During Pregnancy?
During early pregnancy, your body is in a hormonal free for all, which causes the production of more progesterone. This can make you feel sluggish and sleepy. In addition you’re producing more blood to carry nutrients to the baby causing more effort for your heart and other organs. All of these changes create extra effort for your body and may lead to fatigue. Mental and emotional stress can be added to the list of reasons you may be feeling fatigued.
As you get further along in your pregnancy, you may have difficulty sleeping, waking often to use the bathroom and experiencing sleep disruptions from leg cramps and heartburn. Is it a wonder why you are so tired?
Fatigue can be a symptom of anemia, particularly iron-deficiency anemia. Iron-deficiency anemia affects about 50% of all pregnant women. Your body needs iron to make hemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that enables them to carry oxygen to your tissues and to your baby. Your need for iron increases during pregnancy because of the needs of the baby, the increase in blood produced by your body, and the blood loss that occurs during delivery.
How to Treat Lack of Energy During Pregnancy
To reduce lack of energy and fatigue during pregnancy:
- If possible, take naps. Also get up and walk around to get yourself moving!
- Go to bed early, mama!
- Reduce your chances of waking up in the night by drinking adequate fluids earlier in the day and avoid drinking anything for about 2 or 3 hours before bed.
- Minimize nighttime heartburn by not eating right before bed.
- Getting legcramps? Stretch your leg muscles before bedtime. Be sure to include potassium rich foods, like bananas, peaches, kiwis, potatoes and leafy greens in your diet on a daily basis.
- Exercise, unless your health care provider has advised against it. It can improve your mood and energy level! And is just plain good for you.
- Try to eat every 3-4 hours and make sure to include carbohydrates, protein, and fat in every meal and snack.
- Stick to high fiber sources of carbohydrates (whole grains, starchy vegetables, fruit) most often and minimize sweets and refined grains/products.
- Avoid caffeine if possible.
- Drink plenty of fluids including water and Boost It Up! caffeine free energy beverage
- Avoid stress. Ok, not so easy to do, but do spend time on things that you find relaxing. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and if you are overstressed. Talk to your healthcare provider for resources- even meditate!
Tiredness is normal during pregnancy, especially during the first and third trimesters. While the symptoms generally improve during the second trimester, some women feel tired throughout their pregnancy. Talk to your health care provider if you feel sudden fatigue, fatigue that doesn’t go away with adequate rest or severe fatigue a few weeks into your second trimester.