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How to Cope With Your Pregnancy Exhaustion

Pregnancy exhaustion at its finest!Are you totally exhausted and feel tired all the time now that you’re pregnant? In this article, we’re going to share the causes behind your pregnancy exhaustion, plus tips on how to feel better!

What causes pregnancy exhaustion?

Total fatigue! Your body’s working so hard at keeping you going while supporting the new life inside you. You’re using up more water and nutrients, producing more blood, and your heart rate is up. A hormone called progesterone might also increase your fatigue since more of it is circulating through your system nowadays. AND, you’re experiencing so many more emotions in your mind, which can make you feel overwhelmed.

How can you find relief from pregnancy exhaustion?

Rest, rest, and more rest! Go to bed earlier at night, take breaks during your day, and nap whenever possible. On your breaks, get yourself a nice drink of water or juice and put your feet up. It’s OK to stop doing additional activities for now. That means not attempting to do it all: rush to parties, renovate your house, and learn how to play guitar all at once! Allow yourself and your body plenty of rest time.

It’s still smart to exercise, provided you feel up to it. You can really get an energy boost by going to prenatal yoga or taking a brisk walk outside. Make sure to eat foods with protein, as well as veggies and fruits. It’ll help fuel your body!

What to Eat When You’ve Got Morning Sickness

If you’re suffering from morning sickness, you might be wondering what kind of food you can possibly stomach. Here are some nourishing and comforting foods to try:

Guacamole
Here’s a dip that’s packed with nutrients and is tasty yet mild enough for your upset stomach! Avocados are an excellent source of monounsaturated fats (also known as “good” fats) and omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for your heart. Guac also has nutrients like vitamins E and K, fiber, folate, iron, potassium, and magnesium.

Something with ginger

Ginger is recommended to pregnant women a lot because of its soothing effects on a queasy stomach. You can try ginger candies or ginger tea. If you’ve been chewing on ice to help with your nausea, just freeze some ginger tea in small ice trays. It’ll create icy lozenges that you can safely suck on. Or, drop your frozen lozenges into a glass of water or seltzer.

Crackers

Keep a stash of dry crackers (like Saltines) on your nightstand. Munch on them when you wake up to fight off morning sickness. Many pregnant women get up during the night to pee lots of times. If this sounds like you, eat a few crackers while you’re up. It’s also a good idea to snack on some before you go to bed, to kick queasiness to the curb.

Soup

When you’re feeling nauseous, soup is warm and soothing. Plus, it’s not so filling that it’ll complicate an upset stomach. Aim for a simple, mild soup like chicken noodle soup or even plain bone broth.

 

Make sure to tell your doctor if you’re experiencing severe morning sickness. If you vomit blood or something that looks like coffee grounds, throw up more than three times a day, or feel sick after your fourth month of pregnancy, call them right away!

 

Post-Delivery Care Tips

Post-Delivery CareCongratulations! Your pregnancy is finally over, and you have a precious new baby in your arms!

You’ll probably have questions about self-care and care for your baby. This info will help you to care for yourself and your baby during the weeks before your first visit to your doctor.

Visitors

Limit visitors to close family members or those who bring food or help with your housework or other children. Many new moms have found it beneficial to set up a “meal train” website to coordinate meals, and so that people know what kind of meals to bring and when.

Your visitors shouldn’t have any signs of infection or illness. Make sure that everyone washes his or her hands with soap and water before holding (or touching) your baby. You might hang up a sign on your front door that sweetly says something like “Welcome! We’re so happy to see you! Since our baby is new to the world and can’t yet fight germs, please wash your hands before laying them on this new little one.”

Outings

For the first six weeks, avoid close contact with crowds. Newborn babies and their mamas don’t need any unnecessary exposure to illnesses. But don’t think that you must stay at home for these six weeks! You probably will want to get out of the house for a little outing with your little one. A short walk around the block with your babe or dining out might be really therapeutic for you and prevent cabin fever.

Rest

All new moms need rest after the physical demands of labor, birth, and now caring for a newborn. Plus, there are the emotional demands that a new baby puts on you. You’ll probably be exhausted, so rest a lot. When the baby naps, lay down for a nap as well.

Try and limit how much time you spend sitting. Lying down or standing up helps you heal and will probably be more comfortable. If the weather lets you, take short walks outside each day.

You can do light housework if you feel up to it. When your family and friends ask if they can help, take them up on the offer! They can make meals, vacuum, do laundry, and heavy cleaning.

If you have stairs in your house, climb them carefully and slowly. Don’t lift anything over 10 pounds for two weeks after vaginal delivery or six weeks after C-section. Ask your doctor how long to wait before driving a car.

7 Pregnancy Symptoms You Shouldn’t Stress Over

Pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks long and has an effect on almost every part of your body. But, most pregnancies are healthy and turn out just fine. There are some pregnancy symptoms that require medical attention, but there are tons of other symptoms that you don’t have to hurry to the doctor’s office about. We encourage you to mention your symptoms to your OB-GYN, but here are seven pregnancy symptoms you don’t need to stress over:

1. Pain in your Abs—Unless you feel that the pain is getting worse or includes bleeding, it’s probably just your uterus growing normally. It may also be because of your round ligaments stretching, or gas. These pains are usually brief but can be strong. You might find that rest makes your round ligament and uterus stretching aches go away.

2. Feeling Tired—There’s a lot of work involved in growing a little human, so many women find they need to sleep more and have less energy to exercise less. It’s good to listen to your body and rest when you need to. So, skip making dinner if you need to, and let the laundry sit unfolded. After a long day at work, it’s totally OK to order takeout and watch TV to rest and recharge.

3. Queasiness a.k.a “morning sickness”—it’s normal to get nauseous all day long while pregnant. Nausea isn’t a big deal, but when you start throwing up and losing weight, see your doctor. You might get bad morning sickness in your first trimester, and find that it fades. You can help avoid it by drinking enough water and eating often.

4. Constipation—Your little one is pressing down on your rectum which slows down the intestinal muscles. Also, pregnancy hormones make constipation a common grievance during pregnancy. Prenatal vitamins contain iron which can add to your constipation. Try upping how much fiber you eat, drinking more water, and exercising. Ask your doctor before trying a stool softener.

5. Intense Dreams—Many pregnant women get vivid, scary nightmares or dreams. Pregnancy hormones make it harder to tell the difference in the middle of the night between reality and nightmares. Intense dreams may increase during your third trimester, but know that they’re normal and usually go away after you deliver.

6. Forgetfulness—Also known as in “pregnancy brain,” you may feel frustrated that you forget words, tasks, or appointments at times. Pregnant women are simply more forgetful, especially in the last trimester. The stress of pregnancy and a new baby can affect memory, so know that you’re not alone.

7. Mood Swings—All of the changes to your eating habits and sleep patterns have an effect on your emotional state. It’s totally common to feel irritable, scared, irritable, or unsure when you’re pregnant. Pregnancy is a very emotional experience, and there’s a lot going on in your head right now. You might find that your emotions change quickly from nervous to sad to happy. It’s important to realize that your fears are a normal part of pregnancy. If you feel that something is seriously wrong or if you have thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else, get help.

All content on this site, including health-related info, is for informational purposes only and shouldn’t be used to diagnose or treat. Remember to ask your doctor about any issues you’re facing during your pregnancy.

7 Safe Ways to Fight Pregnancy Exhaustion

Many pregnant women feel so tired that just getting up for work every day becomes difficult. The first trimester is usually when you’ll feel super-tired, and it may reappear during your third trimester. The good news is that there are some natural, safe ways to boost your energy:

  1. Keep up with a healthy diet and lifestyle. Try nutritious and satisfying foods with anti-inflammatory abilities, like organic fruits and vegetables.
  2. Avoid processed foods as much as possible
  3. Don’t eat simple carbs, such as white bread
  4. Keep well-hydrated by carrying water with you wherever you go
  5. Exercise every day, even when you feel tired. Cardio exercise like brisk walking will almost always make you feel more alert, and even more so if you walk outside.
  6. Go to bed at a time that’ll let you get eight to nine hours of sleep a night.
  7. Nap whenever you can! Even small “catnaps” of 15 to 20 minutes during your breaks at work can be energizing.

Talk to your doctor if you’re pregnant and suffering from persistent fatigue. They may want to run tests to make sure you don’t have anemia or hypothyroidism.

Working While Pregnant? 8 Tips That’ll Help!

Working when you’re pregnant isn’t always easy. Not to worry, we’ve got you covered! Here are 8 common pregnancy challenges along with tips on to help them at work:

  1. You’re exhausted, but scared to drink coffee

Most OB-GYNs will tell you it’s okay to have coffee in limited amounts when you’re pregnant. There are definitely things you need to avoid during pregnancy like drinking and smoking. A small amount of coffee is safe, though, especially if it helps you get through the day. Make sure to talk with your doctor about your exhaustion.

  1. You’re feeling really drained

The first trimester can really drain your energy and make work difficult.  You might be also hiding the news of your pregnancy from your boss until you’re farther along. In that case, talk to her about other ways you can work, such as working from home or working alternate hours.

  1. You’re nauseous all the time

If you travel to work using public transportation, it may be making you feel light-headed and faint. So, make sure to eat breakfast before you leave for work, and also eat a late afternoon snack. Also, stay hydrated by always having water handy. Having a small snack can help keep your blood sugar levels in check which will prevent fainting. We recommend asking someone to give up their seat. In the wintertime, take off your scarf and coat before getting on the train or bus to prevent overheating.

  1. You need to pee all the time

There’s pretty much no way to decrease your need for bathroom breaks. Try to cut down on trips to pee by drinking to only to quench your thirst. Also, make sure to empty your bladder completely. To help more pee to pass, you could change up your position on the toilet and try lifting your belly a bit.

  1. Your legs are totally swollen and hurting

Some pregnant women get lots of swelling during their pregnancy, especially near the end of the day and end of the pregnancy. If you have to be on your feet at work, it might make the swelling worse. Try wearing compression socks or stockings to help cut down on your swelling and pain. If you’re able to, put your feet up as you work…even a slight elevation can help.

  1. Your boobs hurt

Lots of pregnant ladies complain about breast pain during pregnancy. They’re painful because your body’s getting ready for breastfeeding. We recommend that you buy a few larger-sized bras with good support.

  1. You’re hungry all.the.time.

It’s important that you to manage how much food you eat so that you can prevent low blood sugar and afternoon cravings. Always keep healthy snacks with you…it’ll prevent unhealthy food choices. Try things like protein bars, yogurt, fruit, cheese or granola—these options are easy to pack in your purse.

  1. Your feet hurt

We suggest that you stop wearing heels. It’s best for your feet, your back, and your pelvic floor to wear shoes that are more comfortable. Heels tend to make your body pitch forward and cause you to lean back, which will lead to leg cramps, bad posture, and tight, short pelvic floor muscles (not what you want when you need to give birth!).

Get Relief from Your Pregnancy Back Pain

pregnancy back pain affects tons of women!Back pain is a very common pregnancy symptom! Drop by a physical therapist or masseuse, and you’ll probably see some pregnant women there. Back pain during pregnancy is caused by weight gain, hormones, and a shifting center of gravity.

Thankfully, back pain usually goes away within two weeks of delivery. But it may flare up again once you start lifting and carrying a seven to 10-pound baby so many times a day.

Here are some tips that’ll relieve your back pain. All of them are safe to do while pregnant and may even help you avoid taking meds. As always, check with your doctor before starting anything new.

  1. Buy Some Pregnancy Gear

We’re talking about a band to support your growing belly, the correct shoes, and a pregnancy pillow. A belly support band lifts the weight off your baby bump, saving your back.

Supportive flats or sneakers are good for everyday wear. If you want to try something with heels, stick to rubber-soled wedges. They offer shock absorption and issue body weight across a larger surface area. Avoid wearing flip flops or ballet flats, unless you have insoles that offer arch support.

To sleep in a better position for your back, put a wedge under your belly. And, sleep on your side. Both these tips can lessen back pain by bracing your belly, so it doesn’t strain your back muscles.

  1. Hot and Cold Therapy

For really bad back pain, wrap an ice pack in a towel. Apply it to your back for about 15 minutes to ease swelling. If you don’t have an ice pack, a bag of frozen vegetables will do. Then, after the worst of the pain is over, apply heat to encourage healing. Heat will reduce any aches that are still there, and improve circulation. Try putting two cups of uncooked rice in a cotton sock. Make a knot on the open end of the sock, then throw it in the microwave for a minute. Put it onto the painful area for about 15 minutes.

  1. Exercise

Research has shown that pregnant women who exercise three times a week have less low-back pain. Try a pregnancy-safe exercise such as swimming or walking. You can get pointers on pregnancy exercise in these articles:

5 Easy Pregnancy Exercises You Can Totally Rock

Choosing the Type of Pregnancy Exercise That’s Right for You

Exercise in the Second Trimester

Morning Sickness? Here’s How to Deal

drinking plenty of water can help curb morning sicknessIf you’re experiencing morning sickness, keeping your pregnancy a secret can seem virtually impossible with morning sickness. Nausea and throwing up are tricky things to conquer when you’re just trying to go about your day!

The good news is that for most women, morning sickness starts to fade towards the end of the first trimester. Being disgusted by certain smells and tastes is common, even by foods that you loved before you got pregnant. Follow your intuition, because ignoring your newfound hatred of a certain food might just make you feel worse.

Although morning sickness is uncomfortable, it’s a sign that your baby is developing just as it should.

Here are some ways to deal with morning sickness:

Carbs and Protein
Foods like bread, saltine crackers, potatoes, and toast have been found to help fight nausea. To stop morning sickness before it starts, keep a few crackers by your bedside. When you wake up, slowly eat a few before you get out of bed.

Smaller Meals
If you’ve been feeling nauseous all day, food might be the last thing on your mind. However, an empty stomach can make your morning sickness worse. Eat smaller meals throughout the day, and make sure your foods have healthy nutrients.  Make sure to eat blander foods, because fatty, acidic, or fried foods will just bother your stomach more.

Ginger
This is a traditional remedy for upset stomachs and queasiness. Try a drink made with real ginger, or grate fresh ginger into hot tea. Ginger candy and gingersnap cookies can also help.

Water 
Drinking plenty of water during your pregnancy is important, but even more so if you’ve been throwing up. If you’re tired of the blandness of water, try flavoring it with lemon or lime. Drinking a sports drink like Gatorade has glucose, salt, and potassium, which will help return the electrolytes lost during vomiting (and they can help keep your energy up, too!)

Contact Your Doctor
If these remedies don’t work or if your morning sickness is getting worse, give your doctor a call. Don’t try to tough it out! Your doctor might prescribe a safe medication for morning sickness that’ll help it from getting any worse.

Here are some cases where you’ll need to contact your doc right away: if you’ve been unable to keep food or fluids down for days, if morning sickness continues past the fourth month, or if you’ve lost a lot of weight.

8 Unexpected Pregnancy Symptoms

  1. Sneezing

This sounds crazy, but it’s true: many pregnant women experience congestion, itching, and/or sneezing. As you get further along, you might find that your sneezing gets worse. Your entire body seems to be swelling, including your nose. This strange pregnancy side effect usually goes away after you deliver.

  1. Hatred of Smells

Some pregnant ladies report feeling sick by smelling certain items they used to enjoy. For example, one mom we know always found herself feeling queasy at the scent of coffee when she was pregnant! This newfound hatred of certain smells is caused by your hormone levels rising during pregnancy. And, it’s tied to the pregnancy nausea you may be experiencing.

  1. Drowsiness

Feeling sleepy is a classic first-trimester side effect. It’s because your levels of progesterone are going through the roof. Plus, your thoughts about being a mom may keep you awake at night. To get better sleep at night, make sure to get some exercise, keep with a regular bedtime, and lie on your left side.

  1. Burping

In the second and third trimesters, many pregnant ladies experience more heartburn (and burp a lot more!)  Your growing baby is making your uterus get bigger too, which limits the space that your stomach has to enlarge after meals. To cut down on heartburn and burping, make sure to eat smaller, more frequent meals.  Also, cut down on caffeine, chocolate, peppermint, tomato sauce, and citrus fruits.

  1. Extreme Cravings

None of the experts out there are really able to explain why pregnancy cravings occur. Many believe that cravings are your body’s way of telling you about what it needs. For example, craving pickles or ice cream might be a sign you need sodium and calcium.

  1. Constipation

This unpleasant pregnancy symptom is (once again) caused by higher levels of the hormone progesterone. Also, taking iron supplements can cause constipation. Try drinking more water, eating more foods that have fiber in them, and exercise.

  1. Tons of Saliva

Some pregnant women complain of too much saliva. You might find this condition popping up in the first weeks of pregnancy, then going away by the end of your first trimester. Drooling can even be an early sign of pregnancy that your dentist picks up on!

  1. Change in Hair Texture

Hormones change so much about a pregnant woman’s body, including her hair’s texture. Once you get pregnant, new hair might grow back oilier, drier, wavier, or straighter. Normally, hair will go back to its pre-pregnancy condition within six months after you have your baby.

Pregnancy Symptoms Before a Missed Period

Before a missed period you may feel nauseousEveryone knows that a missed period is the main symptom of pregnancy. But did you know that there are other pregnancy symptoms that happen before a missed period?

The symptoms we share below may not always mean that you’re pregnant. They’re just signs you may be. Make sure to see your doctor once you’ve gotten a positive pregnancy test kit.

Tender, Sore Heavy Breasts:

Changes in your breasts are an early sign of pregnancy. The second you conceive, your hormones send signals to the breasts to get ready for a baby in 40 weeks. Your breasts will get larger, and your areolas will become bigger and darker. Some women notice changes in their breasts in just a week or two after conceiving. Your breasts may also seem sore to the touch.

Exhaustion:

Feeling super tired without reason is also a sign of pregnancy before a missed period. Your progesterone levels will spike in early pregnancy which will make you tired all the time. If you’re pregnant, your body will start producing more blood to support the growing fetus. This will leave you feeling exhausted!

Nausea:

Morning sickness and nausea are classic pregnancy signs that you may notice right away. Nausea makes you feel weak, dizzy, and like you want to throw up. In the morning, you may feel even more nauseous than any other time of the day (hence the name ‘morning sickness’).

Bloating:

Your jeans may begin to fit more tightly, your tummy may protrude, and you may need to unbutton to breathe more easily. You may also embarrassingly find that you’re burping and farting more. A bloated or heavy feeling in your stomach is a common symptom before a missed period. To get relief from bloating, try eating small portions of food during the day, and avoid fatty and fried foods.

Hating Certain Foods:

You might not be in the mood for your favorite foods. Just smelling them might make you nauseous! It’s believed that this sudden hatred of certain foods is because of higher levels of progesterone.

Take a Pregnancy Test!

Don’t just assume that you’re pregnant by these symptoms alone! If you miss your period or it’s late after having unprotected sex, you should take a pregnancy test on the day your period is supposed to start.

If your test turns up negative and you feel that you may be a pregnant, wait for about a week and then try again. Make sure to communicate your concerns with your ob/gyn.