The first trimester of your pregnancy comes with a lot of emotions; happiness, nausea, nerves and, for most women, extreme exhaustion. Here are five ways to beat that exhaustion and enjoy your first trimester!
1. Take Naps
Taking a nap may seem like a luxury after a certain age, but it’s important when you’re in your first trimester. A few extra minutes a day can make everyday tasks easier and less tiring. Don’t take lengthy naps or you will get most likely wake up more exhausted.
2. Load up on iron and protein
Consuming a good amount of iron and protein are important to a healthy pregnancy for many reasons. Not only will it give your baby the nutrients he or she need to grow healthy, but eating spinach, eggs, beans and meats will give you more energy throughout the day.
3. Stay Hydrated
Being dehydrated can increase your fatigue. Avoid caffeinated drinks and sugary drinks because they actually dehydrate you more.
4. Stay Active and Exercise
Push through the fatigue when possible and get some light exercise. Exercising increases your circulation and improves oxygen intake, both of which help with feeling fatigued.
5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
In order to get that extra 20 minutes of sleep, you may need to ask your partner, parents, friends or family for help with everyday tasks. Getting help with every day tasks can save your energy for when you really need it.
Consult your physician for more information on fighting first trimester fatigue.