Pregnancy can give you a case of jet-lag like exhaustion but it’s normal when your body is at work, day and night, at building an efficient support mechanism and environment for your baby-to-be. As in the case of common pregnancy symptoms, fatigue is also an indication that your pregnancy hormones are at work, so there isn’t much you can do to avoid it.
Here are 8 common causes of fatigue during pregnancy:
1. Hormonal surges
2. Lack of sleep
4. Mood swings
5. Inadequate diet
7. Decrease in comfort
8. No exercise
9. Nausea and Vomiting
How To Battle Fatigue:
Realistically ensure you get 8-10 hours of sleep per day as your body and mind need it. Catnaps at random points of 15-20 minutes can also be rejuvenating. Get your handy support system or partner to complete household chores and if you’re a working professional, avoid stress and go home early once in a while to catch up on resting.
Your body is releasing fluids every couple of hours so you need to replenish the liquids. You would need to consume at least 1ml of water for every calorie of food that you eat. Increase liquid intake during the day and decrease the amount as the day progresses (to avoid bathroom breaks during elusive night sleep)
3. STEADY DIET:
Keep your blood-sugar steady by snacking on fruits every 2-3 hours. Deficiency of iodine, calcium, Vitamin B and other micronutrients could also be causing the fatigue. Talk to your healthcare provider to establish a diet that is specific to the needs of body.
Tire yourself out occasionally before hitting the sac, this will give you a good night’s sleep and also help with cardiovascular circulation. A brisk walk and some basic stretches will help reduce inflammation and keep you energetic, increase your appetite and lift your mood.
Talk to your healthcare provider about your experience with exhaustion and ask for necessary tests to administered. Anemia and hypothyroidism could be underlying causes of severe fatigue.
Be patient with yourself and others around you, talk to your partner and express your emotions. Feeling anxiety, panic and apathy can be signs of prenatal depression. If talking to a therapist and gaining perspective will prove fruitful in your attempts to prepare for your baby, then get all the help you need.