5 Ways to Keep your Energy up During Pregnancy
Growing a tiny little human sure zaps the energy right out of you, doesn't it? During the first trimester of pregnancy, your body is going through so many changes, both physically and hormonally, that you can be left feeling rather drained.
This is a perfectly normal part of the pregnancy experience, I'm afraid. It tends to ease off during the second trimester, but can come back with a vengeance in the third trimester. The best thing you can do is to really mind yourself, making sure you are doing all you can to conserve and boost your energy levels.
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Follow these 5 tips to boost your energy during pregnancy:
1. Eat The Right Foods
While your cravings might lead you towards biscuits, chocolate and other delicious snacks, they might not be the best for you. In fact, the sugar rush you get from these foods will only make you more tired, as soon after the rush, comes the crash. Eat complex carbohydrates, fruit or vegetables rather than sugary foods or stimulants such as coffee or cola drinks.
2. Drink Plenty of Water
Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Aim for around two litres of water daily. Even a small amount of dehydration can leave you feeling tired, cause headaches and affect your concentration.
3. Do Something You Love
There's nothing better than doing something that you absolutely love to get your endorphins buzzing for a natural energy boost. By spending a short period everyday doing something personally fulfilling, you will releases feel good endorphins, which will help you feel energised and fresh.
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4. Do Some Gentle Exercise
You always feel better after a little bit of exercise. It's good for the brain and good for the body, and now it's good for the baby! Ensure you take regular short periods during the day to stretch, walk and get fresh air. If possible, take a short nap after lunch if energy levels are low or you are not sleeping well at night.
5. Keep Your Iron Levels Up
Energy levels may be affected by low iron levels, which will be checked and monitored during your pregnancy. Eat a varied diet including red meat, leafy green and beans for an iron boost. You might also want to take an iron supplement, like Spatone® liquid iron supplements, which will help to gently top up your iron levels naturally.
So there you go! Follow these 5 steps, and hopefully you will be feeling really well and energised. As always, if you are concerned about your health in any way shape or form during your pregnancy, please speak to your GP.
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