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Why Does Pregnancy Make You Tired?

Pregnancy, birth and having a new baby can be a wonderful experience but it can zap your energy at times.

Too often we reach for sugary foods and the sofa when we need an energy boost but does this really give us the boost we need?

Balanced Diet

Choose foods that offer nutritional benefits. Eating a balanced diet that is rich in lean proteins, fibre rich carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables will help keep your energy levels up while giving you and your baby the nutrition that it needs.

One common cause for low energy in pregnancy can be lack of iron. Lean red meat three times a week along with a regular intake of rich dark green vegetables, eggs, nuts, seeds and beans will help give your iron intake a boost. To get the most iron from your food, eat it with foods that contain vitamin C like berries, kiwis, oranges and mangoes.

With the best will in the world it can be so hard to maintain a diet rich in each and every vitamin you need, especially when battling nausea, zero energy to cook from scratch and food aversions. So a supplement, like Pregnacare specifically designed to provide the nutritional support you need for you & your baby can be a great support.

You can discuss taking a dietary supplement with your midwife, doctor or dietitian.

Hydration

Staying hydrated is also important and often we mistake thirst for hunger. 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.

Exercise

Keeping fit in pregnancy is very important and can often be forgotten about. Regular activity will boost your energy levels, help you adjust to your changing shape, steady weight gain and prepare you for labour. Maintain your normal level of exercise as long as you feel able. Never exhaust yourself, keep well hydrated and avoid any dangerous or contact sports.

Sleep

Of course one of the most obvious reasons we get tired is not enough sleep! Aim to get 8-9 hours sleep each night and don’t be afraid to take occasional naps, especially if you find you are up during the night to go to the bathroom or experience disturbed sleep.

This article is sponsored by Pregnacare. Pregnacare trusted by mums. To learn more about how Pregnacare is supporting moms in Ireland, join them on Facebook.


About the Author

Editor of eumom.ie, Mairéad Cahalan is a creator of content, a lover of music, red wine and coffee, and a part-time wedding singer! Find her on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and LinkedIn.

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