Is Your Pregnancy Starting To Leave You Feeling Run Down?
Your body is doing so many amazing things right now. It’s growing a teeny human, with little hands and feet, tiny toes and a cute nose. Your baby is developing all of these amazing features, but it’s your body that’s fuelling all of this growth, and that can certainly leave you feeling drained.
Tiredness in pregnancy is extremely common and par for the course; it’s perfectly normal to feel completely whacked at night! Between carrying the extra weight of your baby around with you all day, to the less than peaceful slumbers you may have been having lately, your body may start to feel rather tired and run down.
Here are a few tips and suggestions for minding yourself, and keeping that run down feeling at bay:
1. It’s OK To Say No To Things
This is one of the most important things to remember. While you may feel that you should be in attendance at all family or work functions, or that you should go to every dinner with the girls, in actual fact you are more than entitled to say no from time to time!
If your energy is low, or if you just aren’t that fussed about attending, allow yourself to make a conscious decision to stay in and relax. This can be hard to do at first, especially if you had an active social calendar pre-pregnancy. Every now and then, taking some time for yourself to chill out and recuperate instead of being a social butterfly will do your energy levels the world of good.
2. Keep Hydrated, Even If Your Bladder Feels Tiny Right Now
As your pregnancy develops, so will your need to pee! As baby grows bigger, more pressure is placed on the bladder, and that’s why you feel like you need to pee every two minutes. You may think reducing liquids will help this little problem, but in actual fact, this will only make you feel worse.
Keeping hydrated is super important for everyone to maintain good energy levels and alertness, but especially for pregnant women. Both you and baby need lots of water to keep things in working order. Reducing liquids can lead to another toilet problem – constipation. So, it’s a catch 22; drink more, pee more, or drink less and feel tired, bunged up and run down. Drinking water little and often is the best way to keep feeling well.
3. Be Prepared For Everything
Feeling run down while out and about can leave you feeling pretty groggy. That’s why it might be a good idea to keep a few trusty essentials in your bag for a little pick-me-up. Feeling low on energy? Keep a few oat-based bars or flapjacks in your bag. You can reach for them in an instant, they have a long shelf life, so can realistically stay in your bag for months, and because they are made primarily from oats, they will fill you up and release energy slowly and steadily.
Feeling too hot and bothered or tired? Pop a cooling facial spritz in your bag to keep you feeling fresh and awake! It’s amazing how a little spritz can liven you up! There are so many amazing brands to choose from, just ask at your local pharmacy. And while you’re there, pick up a tube of Cymex to soothe sore, cracked lips. One sure sign of feeling run down is dry lips. Cymex, a topical cream for external use, not only soothes away dryness, but can be used on cold sores, and is suitable to use during pregnancy. If you have had cold sores in the past, you may be more susceptible to them while you’re pregnant. Cold sores tend to appear when you are feeling run down, so by keeping a tube of Cymex in your handbag, you’ll be well prepared.
4. Take Time For Yourself
Take care of yourself and make sure to make time for some regular self-care. This can be hard, especially if you have other children, but try and take at least 20 minutes a day to do something for you. Whatever it is you enjoy; a facial, manicure, pregnancy massage, cup of tea and a read - make time for it. You will feel better, more relaxed, and hopefully, a little less run down.
5. Talk To The Professionals
At the end of the day, if your pregnancy is leaving you feeling terribly tired and run down, even after trying all of these methods to look after yourself, mention it to your midwife or doctor. It may just be the regular tiredness that pregnancy causes, or there might be something else going on. It’s always best to check, even if it’s to put your mind at rest.
Have you any other tips for beating that run down feeling during pregnancy? Let us know in the comments section.
This article has been sponsored by Cymex, available from pharmacies nationwide. For more information, visit Cymex.ie. Always read the label carefully.
Date of preparation June 2017. IE/OTC/17/0035b