While there are a lot of changes going on in your body while you’re pregnant, one symptom many women experience is fatigue. Most doctors will warn you not to drink coffee or highly caffeinated sodas or energy drinks, so what can you do to boost your energy in a safe way? Read on to learn six different ways you can do it!
Protein is one of the best natural pick-me-ups. It provides you with long lasting energy and is an important part of your diet, pregnant or not.
Some low-fat, high protein options would include: milk, cheese, eggs, lean meat, poultry, fish and seafood, tofu and soy products (soy pasta, soy milk, edamame, etc.), beans, lentils, split peas, quinoa, nuts and seeds.
You can also add complex carbohydrates to your diet as they can both that nourish your baby and give you a nice energy boost.
Some great complex carb options would include: fresh fruits, dried and freeze-dried fruits, fresh vegetables , whole-grain breads, crackers, and cereals, dried beans and baked potatoes, but make sure you keep the skin on.
Daily exercise is important in keeping your energy levels up. When you start to feel a little sluggish, you can do exercise video programs designed specifically for pregnant women, go for a brisk walk, dance or ride a stationary bike. Exercise gets your muscles moving and your blood flowing, it also gets your body to start releasing endorphins, the feel-good hormones. These endorphins can improve your mood and reduce stress, which is often a cause of fatigue.
Drink plenty of water
Dehydration can cause fatigue, irritability and lethargy. Drinking a glass of cool water increases the circulation of blood and oxygen throughout your body. It also improves alertness and boosts your metabolism. The rule of thumb is to take your body weight, divide it in half and drink that amount of water in ounces.
Seek out the sun
Scientific studies have shown that exposure to light can actually influence our circadian rhythms, which tell our bodies when it is time to get up and when it is time to sleep. Open your windows and let in the light and fresh air, or simply open up the shades or drapes as soon as you wake up. The best thing you can do is make sure you get 10 to 15 minutes of sun exposure twice a week as this helps ensure you’re getting enough vitamin D. This essential vitamin helps you absorb calcium so your bones stay strong.
Aromatherapy is a great way to influence your mood and energy levels. The best fragrances to put pep in your step include: peppermint, lemon, bergamot, eucalyptus and orange. Purchase some or all of these scented oils and you can even mix them together to create a doubly invigorating scent. You can heat them in an oil burner/warmer or even mix them with water and keep them in a spray bottle for a portable mist.