Tiredness during pregnancy: An Early symptom of pregnancy and how to manage it

Tiredness during pregnancy

It’s impossible to even lift your head off the pillow, you're dragging your feet all day, and you can't wait to crawl into bed as soon as you arrive home at night. Tiredness during pregnancy is completely normal — especially during the early months and in the weeks before birth.

Pregnancy is a kind of marathon, if you think about it - one that you are running without any formal training and while carrying a small but slowly growing backpack! During the first trimester of pregnancy, an enormous amount of energy is expended into building your child’s life giving organ - the placenta. Also consider that your body's metabolism has increased significantly. Besides, riding the emotional roller coaster of pregnancy can be sapping.

How to deal with tiredness during pregnancy

  • Listen to your body. If you're tired, rest. Sounds simple right? All you need to do is to pace yourself. Don’t push yourself beyond what your body is telling you.
  • Ask for help. Don't play martyr. Don’t suffer in silence. Tell your partner know exhausted you are, and demand that he do his fair share. If anyone willingly offers help, say yes — always!
  • Get more sleep. If you find that you’re always sleepy, make it a point of getting to bed earlier, or stay in bed later — or both. Get the rest you need.
  • Eat right. Make sure to eat a nutritious well-balanced diet. Eat enough protein and complex carbohydrates. While caffeine or sugar may seem like an excellent pick-me-up, don’t cave in— the jolt they'll give you will be followed by a free-falling crash, making you feel more tired than ever.
  • Eat often. Fatigue responds very well to frequent meals. It not only helps in keeping your blood sugar steady, it will help keep your energy stable, as well.
  • Get moving. Getting enough of the right kind of exercise can be way more rejuvenating than a sofa slump even if the latter is so tempting. So take a hike or even a short brisk walk. Just don't overdo it — you want to finish up your workout feeling energized, not enervated.

While fatigue during pregnancy is normal, if you experience other symptoms like weakness, breathlessness, etc. see your doctor for treatment.