Fatigue is one of the small ailments of pregnancy. Blame it on hormonal changes. Resting and adopting a healthy lifestyle are more essential than ever.
Also rest during the day
Of course, the first anti-fatigue solution is still to sleep. But now, pregnancy also brings its small share of insomnia. You can’t fall asleep anymore, you have cramps, you can’t find the right position to finally close your eyes. Don’t worry, it’s normal: hormone levels increase and your body changes.
To try to get to sleep, set yourself a night of at least eight hours. Sit on your side with a bolster or pillow between your legs to elevate your stomach.
And during the day, if fatigue is felt, give yourself naps. A few minutes can give you real vigor.
Eat a balanced diet
You don’t need to skip meals to try to feel better. Instead, avoid foods that are too fatty or indigestibleespecially at dinner time, and opt for small snacks if you have cravings.
While it is unnecessary to “eat for two”, know that your body works harder during pregnancy and your body needs to eat. The calorie needs of a pregnant woman vary over the months: 2,000 calories on average in the first trimester; 2,500 calories on average (25% more than normal) for the last trimester.
Favor a diet rich in iron (red meat, lentils), in calcium (cheese, dairy products), fiber (prunes, wholemeal bread), in vitamins B9 (green vegetables, red fruits). Also eat proteins and lipids.
The goal is to consume everything in a balanced and healthy way. Drink a lot and ban tea or coffee.
Thus, you will avoid unpleasant surprises on the scale and dysfunctions (constipation) that can disrupt your sleep.
Do you spend physically
It may sound like a paradox, but physical activity will make you feel better. Sport limits traffic problems often annoying for future mothers.
Obviously, putting yourself in danger and risking the health of your baby and yours by practicing extreme and/or dangerous sports is out of the question.
During pregnancy, it is advisable to do swimming to relax and feel lighter. Also think about walking, an activity easy to put into practice on a daily basis. A simple half-hour walk will stretch your legs and give you a bowl of oxygen.
Do not hesitate to ask your doctor for advice if you have any doubts about the sport you want to practice.
To read also: What sport to practice during my pregnancy?
Go all out on relaxation
There are several fairly simple ways for a pregnant woman to relax and therefore find it easier to fall asleep.
For example, before going to bed, take a lukewarm bath, or ask your companion a massage to eliminate pain and other cramps. Listen to soft music that soothes you. Also remember to take relaxation, breathing, or yoga classes.
Relaxation can also go through plants. Try this potion: A glass of sugar water mixed with a few drops of orange blossom water before going to bed should help.
Finally, if the insomnia is chronic, it is important not to rush to sleeping pills. Talk to your doctor who will then prescribe a herbal sedative safe for your baby’s development.