Dealing with Fatigue in Early Pregnancy

When you think of early pregnancy symptoms, you probably think of things like:

  • Morning sickness
  • Swollen breasts
  • Backaches
  • Headaches
  • Spotting and cramping

Those are all normal symptoms in the first trimester. One of the hardest ones to deal with for many women, though, is the utter fatigue that you feel as your body is going through the crazy hormonal changes of early pregnancy.

Fatigue is difficult for anyone to go through. In a day and age when many women work through much of their pregnancy, it can make it tough to get through the work day.

So, what’s a girl to do to keep her energy up and function during those first few months of pregnancy when fatigue is at its worst? There’s no way to completely get rid of fatigue, especially in your first trimester, but here are some suggestions that can help you get through it:

  • Get plenty of rest. Make sure you’re sleeping, or at least laying down, for eight hours a night. On top of that, try to squeeze in a nap or two. It can be tough to get the rest you need when you lead a hectic life (whether that’s being a homemaker, going to school, going to work, or whatever), but at this point in your pregnancy, adequate rest is essential, and most other things can wait a day if they have to.
  • Get some exercise. You’re probably thinking, “What do you mean exercise? You just said to rest.” Both are important. Regular light to moderate exercise can help you keep your energy up. We’re not suggesting that you start an intense Tae Bo training regimen. Instead, go for a walk or do some low impact aerobics.
  • Don’t overcommit yourself. This is an exciting time, and everybody is going to want to see you and spend time with you. Don’t be afraid to say no, to cancel appointments, or to turn down offers you just aren’t up to. Most people will understand if you’re tired and not feeling up to it. The others will get over it.
  • Nutrition, nutrition, nutrition. Make sure you are eating a healthy diet and taking your prenatal vitamins. This won’t completely eliminate fatigue, but fatigue will be worse if aren’t taking care of yourself.
  • Hydrate. It’s important to drink plenty of water and juice throughout your pregnancy. You should be drinking eight to ten glasses per day, at a minimum.

Remember, if you need to rest, then do so. Most employers will not begrudge a pregnant employee a brief break. The housework will wait until tomorrow if it has to.  Right now, the most important thing is to take care of you and your baby.

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