Tired and Pregnant
Getting tired during pregnancy is a very common thing. In fact, some women who have typically been energetic during other stages of their lives may find that pregnancy just seems to drain them to the point where they feel constantly fatigued or exhausted. This is more than just a feeling of low energy, this can be some serious tiredness. What’s especially frustrating about the situation is that you can’t always do much to address those feelings of tiredness. IN many cases, you have to work hard to keep going. In other cases, you need to just give in and let yourself be tired.
During pregnancy, there are a number of different things going on that can lead to tiredness. Here are some examples:
- Hormone levels are changing. That means that not only might your mood be all over the charts, you’re also more likely to be tired.
- Specifically, the hormone progesterone can contribute to feeling tired or sluggish, and progesterone is elevated during pregnancy.
- Morning sickness can cause you to feel worn out, and may lead to some degree or another of tiredness.
- Nervousness and anxiety can both cause you to feel more tired than you might normally feel.
- As you get further in to your pregnancy, your body’s changing shape, size and center of gravity can make it hard to sleep, which can, of course, leave you feeling tired.
When you’re pregnant, there are some things you can do to combat those feelings of tiredness. You need to make sure you’re getting your extra 300 calories a day. You need to make sure you’re eating a balanced diet, including plenty of fruits and leafy green veggies. Cut down or cut out your caffeine intake, which can initially make you more tired but will in the long run help out.
You should also recognize that, sometimes, the reason you feel tired is that your body needs rest. Take a nap, or go to bed a little early. In some cases, lying down for half an hour will get rid of that tired feeling as much as a two hour nap could.
Finally, exercise can help to combat tiredness. When you exercise, your body releases those endorphins, which can help with your overall mood, as well as your energy levels.