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What can I do to cope with tiredness in pregnancy ?

  1. Listen to your body’s signals. If you can, take naps or have an early night. You’ll need more sleep in early pregnancy, so rest whenever you can.
  2. Try to adjust your schedule. You could reduce your hours at work, or if that’s not possible, perhaps adjust the hours when you work. Or, if you’re already a mum, give yourself a break now and then and leave your children with someone else, so you can catch up on your sleep. Ask your family and friends for support, and accept offers of help.
  3. Try to make sure you’re eating well. A healthy diet will keep your energy levels up. Have a combination of:
  • wholegrain carbohydrates, such as wholemeal bread and pasta, and brown rice
  • fruit and vegetables, ideally five a day
  • dairy products
  • pulses, such as lentils, beans and peas
  • eggs
  • fish
  • lean, well-cooked meat

Eating well while you’re feeling sick isn’t easy, but try to eat little and often. Having an empty stomach can make you feel even more queasy and tired. Keep your blood sugar levels on an even keel by nibbling small amounts of bland, dry food during the day. Try some of our healthy pregnancy snacks if you can’t face a main meal.

  1. Take gentle exercise, even if it’s the last thing you feel like doing. Going for a walk or a swim can give you an energy boost, and help you to feel less tired.
  2. Hang in there, because you’ll soon be in your second trimester and hopefully feeling more like yourself. You may even feel up to seeing a film or going on a weekend break before your newborn arrives, and sleepless nights start all over again.

Feeling tired won’t harm you or your baby, although it can be frustrating and wearing. Do try to get as much rest as you can, whenever you can.

Original article: https://www.babycentre.co.uk/a2911/tiredness-in-pregnancy