5 Tips To Cut Down Exhaustion During Pregnancy

Mon, Oct 5th 2015

Debolina Raja Gupta

4 mins read

Feeling tired and exhausted all the time when you are pregnant is natural, especially in the first and final trimesters.

During the first trimester, the body expends a huge amount of energy into building the life-support system for your baby, the placenta, leaving you exhausted. The tiredness will most likely go down during your second trimester.

As you enter your third trimester and near your due date, fatigue will hit you again, especially as your weight increases and you have difficulty getting a good night’s sleep.

Here are a few tips to help you fight exhaustion during your pregnancy.

1. Restructure Your Time
If you have decided to continue working for your entire pregnancy, check if you could manage a few hours from home every alternate day or whenever you feel exhausted.

  • If you work from home, understand the hours when you are least exhausted. Try and use that time to complete your work or any other household chores.
  • In case you do not feel tired on a particular day, make up for those exhausted days by completing some work in advance.

2. Quick Nap Breaks
A power nap will give your body the energy to survive exhaustion for the next few hours.

  • If you are at home, take a quick nap whenever possible. Go for a relaxing afternoon siesta if you have the opportunity.
  • If you are at your workplace, take a quick power nap during your lunch break. If your commute is long enough to include a power nap, take a few winks while you travel.

3. Take It Easy
You may want to do everything on your own, but it would be better if you hand out some responsibilities to others. Cut back on your social commitments as your exhaustion levels increase.

  • Ask your partner or other family members to take some of your responsibilities. Ensure that you are always around in case they need to check back for something.
  • Hire a help or ask a friend to pitch in a few days a week to help with the load.
  • If you are a freelancer, talk with your partner or family to see if cutting back on some assignments will not make much of a difference.
  • Take a break from any volunteering commitments or social gatherings till you feel ready to be back.

4. Go Early To Bed
As your pregnancy progresses, you may experience difficulties falling and staying asleep, which can lead to exhaustion.

  • Try and get in bed an hour or two earlier than you normally do, to help your body relax. Even if you don’t fall asleep immediately this will give you the much-needed rest.
  • Put your phone on silent mode so that no one can disturb you. However, make sure your home phone is working so that people can reach you in case of an emergency
  • Shut down your computer, switch off the television and make sure you stay away from all screen time activities.

5. Try Yoga & Other Exercises
Including moderate exercises in your daily routine, even though you may feel you have no energy left can go a long way in managing exhaustion. Taking a short walk every day will energize you and give you a much-needed break from your usual routine. Prenatal yoga can also help relieve exhaustion during pregnancy.

When To Call Your Doctor

  • If your exhaustion continues for weeks, and no amount of lifestyle changes, as suggested above, seem to work, talk to your doctor.
  • If your fatigue is accompanied with other symptoms such as depression, dizziness, lack of appetite, breathlessness or anxiety, let your doctor know about them.

For more interesting stories, visit our Health page. Read more about Pregnancy & Babycare here.

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Debolina Raja Gupta

A pregnancy & babycare writer as well as wellness believer, Debolina is always trying to bring in health and wellness into her family’s, especially her kids’, lives. With a Master’s degree in English literature, she has worked with several mothercare and babycare brands. In her free time, she helps with campaigns that work towards promoting the health and well-being of women and babies. Her experiences as a mother help her talk about busy modern-day parenting and its changing trends.

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