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How to manage Fatigue during pregnancy?

Updated: Nov 23, 2022

Reviewed by Foram Shah [M.A. in Yogashastra. ACT Yoga Teacher. Pre-post natal Yoga TTC. Kids Yoga TTC. Alignment and Posture Specialist.]

Fatigue during pregnancy is very common, and this could be caused due to various reasons.

It could be because of nausea, vomiting, or exhaustion caused because of nausea. You may not be able to eat your food as you would.


The hormonal changes and the uneasiness can disturb your sleep, and your body is now working towards building an environment for the growing baby!



Here are some tips to help you manage fatigue

Note: Fatigue tends to ease as the days pass, if you do not feel better even after following the below tips, then visit your healthcare provider.


  • Take naps in between your work. Do not work for long hours at a stretch.

  • Get help. It is okay to seek help, and now is when you need the most.

  • Yoga or exercise. Yes, they can actually help you overcome stress. However, do not overdo your workout regime.

  • Stay hydrated. If you are vomiting, then you have to keep yourself hydrated. As dehydration also causes fatigue and tiredness.

  • Get good sleep. Do not extend your work hours at the night. A good night’s sleep can help you a lot with your fatigue.

  • Do not take any OTC medications for your fatigue.

  • If you enjoy the water, spend some time in the pool. It can relax you.

  • Though you take small meals, try to include variety in your diet. Avoid packaged food.


How to manage fatigue during pregnancy
How to manage fatigue during pregnancy

  • If you feel faint, sit or lie down and put your head between your legs until the faintness passes. If it doesn’t, lie down on your side.

  • If you feel like fainting, Simple postures like lifting the legs up and supporting the feet with 2-3 pillows work wonders to reduce physical fatigue.

  • Aroma therapy, music, meditation, or spending time doing your favorite activity or with nature would also help in reducing fatigue and tiredness.

  • Eat regularly to keep your blood sugar levels stable.

  • During pregnancy, you are likely to feel warmer than normal. This is due to hormonal changes and an increase in blood supply to the skin. You are also likely to sweat more. wear loose clothing made of natural fibers, as these are more absorbent and breathe more than synthetic fibers.

  • Get as much of the iron, vitamins, and minerals as you can from iron-rich and energy-dense foods. Take your prenatal supplements as directed by your doctor.

  • Avoid turning to sugary foods or energy drinks for a quick fix for tiredness.

  • Take a warm bath. Ask your partner for a massage. Take a break.


Tips to manage fatigue during pregnancy
Tips to manage fatigue during pregnancy

Fatigue is common in the first and third trimesters, usually, fatigue tends to get better during the second trimester. If anytime you feel you are not able to manage the fatigue by trying out various steps, do not hesitate to visit your doctor.



Some reasons to look out for along with fatigue

Do not try any home remedies, or do not consult your friends or family for diagnosis. Visit your healthcare provider.


Do not ignore any unusual pregnancy symptoms
Do not ignore any unusual pregnancy symptoms

  • If you have negative emotions, are drained of energy, feel extreme sadness, or are depressed.

  • You are experiencing changes in your vision.

  • You are experiencing dizziness.

  • Urinating less frequently

  • You are experiencing shortness of breath, pain in your upper abdomen, or heart palpitations

  • Experiencing severe headaches

  • You notice a swelling of your hands, ankles, and feet.



Take care!


If you want guidance in any way, you can leave a comment here 👇🏽


References

Webmd.com, healthline.com, parents.com, whattoexpect.com, Firstcry.com


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