Pregnancy App Article: "What's new? Tiredness"

Week 8
Tiredness in pregnancy
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So tired you could sleep on a washing line? The hormonal cyclone sweeping through your body can make you feel completely exhausted. 

Your body's working overtime in the first trimester - but normal life has to go on. Work and looking after any other children you prepared earlier - not to mention morning sickness - don't help, but tiredness doesn't harm you or your baby. It's just not much fun.

If you haven't yet shared your news with nearest and dearest, and don't look pregnant to non-nearest and dearest, you're not going to get the sort of sympathy you'll get when you're knackered in the last trimester. Sad, but true.

So, what can you do to boost energy levels?
Think about what you're eating, and make sure you're getting plenty of:
  • iron-rich foods, such as leafy green veg, red meat, eggs, sardines and beans
  • slow-release, fibre-rich foods: wholegrain cereals, brown bread and brown rice (also good for combating constipation) will do the trick
  • protein
  • vitamin C (it aids the absorption of iron)
  • water
Caffeine shots are a tempting pick-me-up when you're feeling exhausted, but the tannin in tea and coffee prevents your body from absorbing iron, and iron-deficiency causes further fatigue. 

Although you may not feel like it, a spot of regular, gentle exercise can help to combat tiredness. Think low-impact, so walking, swimming or pregnancy yoga.

If you're tossing and turning at night, then make up for it by napping when you can in the day. If your workplace doesn't provide sleep pods - and whose does? - try putting your feet up on a few books or files under your desk. If push comes to shove, use some of your annual leave for much needed rest days. 

And make sure you get plenty of early nights (or what one Mumsnetter calls 'back-to-front-lie-ins'). 
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I felt knackered for the whole of my pregnancy, and just had to take it as easy as possible, which was difficult with a toddler. I think that as long as your iron level is OK, you just have to rest as much as you can and accept that this is how pregnancy is.
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