It's completely normal to feel more tired than usual during pregnancy. Your body is working overtime to grow a new life from the ground up, after all! Massive changes are taking place in virtually every part of your body, making you feel exhausted. There could be many reasons why you're feeling tired all the time now, including but not limited to:

  • Inadequate sleep
  • Morning sickness
  • Increased levels of estrogen and progesterone hormones
  • Digestion problems
  • Low blood sugar
  • Low blood pressure
  • Carrying extra weight
  • Sharing vital nutrients with your unborn baby

The good news is that you can keep your energy levels up during pregnancy with a few simple steps. Here are some natural ways to combat exhaustion and boost your energy during pregnancy.

#Reorganize Your Routine

One of the best things you can do to get your lost energy back during pregnancy is listening to your body. Don't push yourself too hard. A busy schedule can drain all the energy you accumulate during rest or sleep. Pass on your old responsibilities and say no to new ones. Plan and reorganize your routine so you can conserve your energy for your and your baby's good health.

#Start Your Day Right

The way you start your day plays a vital role in determining how you will feel throughout the day. Start your day with a stretch as it mobilizes your whole body and boosts the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain. However, you should avoid doing any deep-back stretches. Keeping a happy and positive mindset from the moment you get up will also help you stay energized all day long.

#Follow a Healthy Diet

Since most of your energy comes from the foods you eat, try to maintain a healthy, nutritious, and well-balanced pregnancy diet to fight against pregnancy fatigue. Your diet should be high in iron, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Steer clear of processed foods and eat a variety of organic fruits and vegetables as much as possible. Ideally, your pregnancy diet should include:

  • Whole Grains
  • Cashews and Almonds
  • Fatty fish
  • Lean meats
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Apples and Mangoes

Eating a healthy and nutritious diet will help you stay organized from day to night and ensure your unborn baby's well-being.

#Keep Yourself Well-hydrated

Whether you're pregnant or not, just a two percent decrease in your hydration level can make you feel tired. During pregnancy, your body needs a lot of fluid to allow your body to maintain its processes, so you should aim for at least two liters of water daily, according to WHO. If drinking plain water seems monotonous, consider adding flavors like lemon and mint to it. Remember, even small dehydration can make you feel tired and even lead to problems like urinary tract infections and low blood pressure.

#Snack Frequently

Hunger will make you feel overly tired. Even three or four meals a day during pregnancy are not sufficient to keep your energy levels up. You have to snack between meals to get consistent energy. Light snacking every couple of hours will keep you energized for longer, despite fatigue and nausea. Add foods high in protein and fiber, like nuts and oatmeal, to your regular snacks. They will help restore your energy levels!

#Take Your Prenatal Vitamins

On average, a pregnant woman requires nearly 30 mg of mineral iron a day to develop the placenta and fulfill the fetus's growth requirements. Surprisingly, around 12% of women experience iron-deficiency anemia during pregnancy, according to WHO. So eating iron-rich foods and taking prenatal vitamins rich in elemental iron is essential to battling fatigue.

#Exercise Daily

Just like a machine becomes rusty when not in use, the same thing happens to your pregnant body! Unless your doctor has advised you to take strict bed rest, you should keep doing pregnancy-friendly exercises to keep your energy levels up while pregnant. Walking, swimming, yoga, or even a quick stretching exercise is enough to help you get your lost energy back.

#Get Enough Sleep

While several hormonal changes during pregnancy make it challenging for you to fall asleep, getting enough quality sleep is vital to get your energy levels back. Especially during the second and third trimesters, you should sleep at least 10 hrs at night and get several power naps during the daytime to maintain your energy. After all, your body is working very hard to grow a new life inside, and you need a quiet, restful sleep to recuperate your energy level.

Author's Bio: 

I'm Darfashan Parveen, a passionate blogger, associated with WobblyWalk – India’s Leading Maternity & Nursing Wear Brand. I love to read and write about Pregnancy, Parenting, and Baby Care to make people aware of parenthood challenges and easy ways to overcome them.