When I was pregnant with Owen I felt pretty tired a lot of the time, and it was frustrating to not be able to keep up with all of my regular activities. To make up for how tired I was I would nap when I came home from work, and then make dinner, and even go to bed early. On the weekends we would take it easy and I would usually sleep in and then take a nap in the afternoon.
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I recently discovered a new line of safe and effective wellness products made especially for pregnant and nursing moms at Target called healthy mama®, which I've been using as a part of my regimen to gain my energy back!
1. F I T N E S S - Some days I can't even imagine working out, but on the days that I don't I feel so much more sluggish toward the end of the day. A full workout isn't always a possibility, but even a short walk will give me the energy I need. Staying active will also make labor and recovery 10x easier this time around!
2. S L E E P - Getting 8-10 hours of sleep is what's recommended for a good night's sleep, but with all of the pregnancy related challenges it can be a struggle. I wake up a few times a night whether it's because I need to use the bathroom, I'm suffering from heartburn, can't get comfortable or Owen is up. I've devised a few methods before bed to help combat these issues before they start. I go to bed early to take advantage of the time Owen is asleep too, I only take small sips of water in the hours before bed and I've started using a body pillow.
3. H E A L T H Y F O O D S - Pregnant women don't usually have much trouble with their appetites, -- unless you're still suffering from nausea, in which case I'm so sorry! -- but what's more important than filling up is eating the right foods. Maybe you're not a breakfast person, but for me it is the most important meal of the day. I always try to make something balanced, even if it's just whole grain toast, peanut butter and a banana, and usually a glass of juice since it's one of my biggest cravings!
healthy mama® Be Well Rounded!™ones I bought at Target. You can find them in the in a new area of the store called “Pre/Post Natal Care”, located in the feminine hygiene aisle.
4. H Y D R A T E - Being pregnant in the hot months of summer is rough, and I find that I'm pretty much always thirsty. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, so getting enough fluids is vital to keeping up your stamina. While I crave juices a lot of the time I really try to stick to drinking water throughout the day. The water has to be ice cold, and I often infuse it with different combinations of fruits to mix things up a bit. Coffee is a known diuretic and contributes to dehydration, so I only allow myself one cup a day, but if I'm feeling sluggish in the afternoon I grab a drink with extra vitamins and protein like Boost it Up! from the healthy mama® products.
Boost It Up!™
Boost It Up!™
Boost It Up!™, the expert developed energy drink that’s packed with protein, B-vitamins, fiber and electrolytes - See more at: http://healthymamabrand.com/products/boost-it-up-pregnancy-energy-drink/#sthash.E6x5kLsy.dpuf5. M E T I M E - With so much happening to your body and in your life it is important to keep some down time for yourself, and not just for sleeping. Go on a date, take a yoga class, watch a funny movie, enjoy some time with friends -- all of these things will help refill your tank!
What are your tips for keeping up your energy during pregnancy? I'm sure there are so many more than can be added to this list!