Tiredness is common for all moms-to-be. Of course, growing a baby usually causes this due to anemia and other factors that can cause fatigue as well. So, if you want to lie down, don’t fight it. The best option is to go ahead and do so. On the other hand, simple physical exercises can keep your energy levels up.
But what if you feel tired all the time? Have you fallen asleep even before the evening news? Did you leave your friends in the pizzeria just after eating a plate of pasta because of the extreme weariness that came over you suddenly? Don’t panic, ongoing tiredness is one of many pregnancy symptoms. The body of a pregnant woman goes through many changes during the baby’s development. And this requires a lot of power.
These are the most popular reasons why pregnant women are so darn tired and some tips to increase your wakefulness and decrease the level of tiredness.
7 Low Blood Pressure
Often during the first trimester of pregnancy a woman’s blood pressure is quite low, that’s why you can feel the lack of energy. The blood pressure should be measured on every visit to your gynecologist during all appointments. During your first visit, the doctor will rate the datum-line of the blood pressure taken.
In the first months, the blood pressure won’t change much, but can get a little lower. When this happens, women feel sleepy, get vertigo or get tired quickly. Some moms-to-be have lower blood pressure even until the 20th week. This is quite normal. blood pressure that measures low is not dangerous, it just makes you feel tired. It’s only worse if the blood pressure goes higher during the gestation period.
Doctors make jokes that you can lift your blood pressure with an unhealthy lifestyle. Eat foods that will increase your energy levels like bananas, cheese, herrings, raisins, beans, chocolate, or smoked meat. Also drink a lot of water, try to remain active during the day, and sleep higher on your pillow. Start your morning with easy exercises and a colder shower. Drinking green tea or coffee can also raise your blood pressure a healthy amount to increase your alertness.
Morning illness is another sign of pregnancy that troubles your stomach activity and cause discomfort during the gestation period. Morning sickness usually starts around the 6th week. During this period women suffer from nausea and puking. It’s caused by hormones in the early pregnancy period. Some women face constant puking, lasting all day long. If you want to avoid it or at least to reduce it, eat a light amount of food all day.
While the baby is growing, the womb is stretching and hormones make pregnancy feel quite uncomfortable due to heartburn, nausea and the puking. If you feel strongly like puking and feel pain in the lower section of your tummy, you must ask for medical assistance. It can be dangerous for your baby!
If you want to make the symptoms of nausea and puking easier during your pregnancy, try different comfortable sitting positions, eat little portions often – it’s healthy for both the mother and the baby as long as she eats healthy foods. Drink a lots of water, dehydration can cause morning sickness to get even worse. Moreover, it can influence even more problems that are serious. These uncomfortable feelings make you tired all day long, as the worse you feel, the less energy you have.
5 Unstable Emotions - Hormones
The tiredness can be caused due to various long and short-terms psychological reasons: worry, stress, depression, and few other troubles pregnant women experience during their 9 month journey. Hormones or changes in the woman’s body can cause these unstable emotions quite often.
Feeling anxious can cause a woman to feel tired. Therefore, try to remove all the negative thoughts and doubts you face, these are usually the biggest cause of your tiredness. These negative emotions also ruin your mood.
However, all these fears, doubts and other uncertainties shouldn’t make your life more difficult. Try to find some peace and relax every now and then. Also, try to avoid all conflict and drive away bad thinking. Believe us, even if you don’t feel it at the moment, long-lasting depression is very troublesome.
4 Extra Weight
No doubts, that being “big” with a huge belly will make you feel clunky. And this is the main reason why your movements are slower. After walking a little bit, you get tired easily. You’ve probably noticed that when going for a walk, you need to sit and relax on the bench every few minutes. When doing light housework you need to relax after every cleaning.
This lack of energy is due to your growing belly and all the extra weight you’ve gained during your pregnancy. The further your pregnancy goes, the bigger you’ll become, and the more tired you’ll feel. What can you do? Take it easy and don’t overwork yourself. Try to relax and enjoy your pregnancy.
You feel bad, you’re always very tired and your head is breaking into a thousand pieces. Trust us, almost everything is because of pregnancy. One of the causes for your fatigue is vertigo, or the feeling of being unstable on your feet. The reason pregnant women get vertigo is usually due to low blood pressure in the first month .
Sometimes the heart, blood vessels and nervous system don’t adjust to the changes in your body and you can feel vertigo. The vertigo can be caused because of low blood sugar, anemia, heat or sudden movements. Sometimes you can feel vertigo while lying on your back, because the rhythm of your heart slows down and the blood pressure decreases.
How can you fight vertigo?
Take a cold shower, eat a balanced diet and walk in the fresh air, avoid stuffy, hot rooms. Try to take a warm – not hot – shower. The same goes for the bath. If you feel that it’s gonna be stuffy, open a window or door.
Keep the appropriate amount of sugar in your blood, eat often, but small portions. During the pregnancy period it’s a better choice than eating three huge meals a day. Don’t miss breakfast, lunch or dinner. If your doctor recommends you to take iron supplements and vitamins, be sure to take them daily. Try to sleep on your side. The best solution is to sleep on your left side, but it’s ok to sleep on your right one too. If you feel vertigo while lying down, change the position – lie on another side or just try to sit down for a little.
Insomnia can strike during the first and last months of pregnancy. In the beginning of pregnancy, the balance of hormones’ and body changes cause sleeplessness. You might want one more hour of sleep at night than usual, but you’ll still awaken feeling tired. In the first trimester, you can feel the tiredness and sleeplessness without any reason.
So, try to rest more and sleep as much as you like, avoid overworking, and lie down to relax during the daytime. Besides, the stomach acid increases and it’s not very comfortable as well.
The second trimester is more favorable for pregnant women since most pregnancy symptoms no longer plague them, but the sleeplessness can occur again in third trimester. The growing belly presses the diaphragm causing a shortness of breathe, and it’s difficult to lie on the back or while lying down period. The baby’s movements, cramped legs and of course, when the growing womb pushes on the bladder and you have to pee more often in the night, also disturb your sleep.
More often, the causes of insomnia are physiological reasons related to the pregnancy. Negative emotions can influence your sleeping as well. You may want to see a psychiatrist or specialist to help you with your feelings if they constantly cause you a disturbed night’s sleep. In the most difficult cases, the doctor can recommend special soporifics, but you can help yourself by not overeating before sleep and try to go sleep 2-3 hours after your last meal.
Use caffeine-free products, do relaxing exercises or just try changing your sleep position (try to sleep on your left side). Check your bed – it shouldn’t be too soft.
If the weather is great, try going for a walk in the evening to relax. A warm bath with some lavender volatile oil into the water can help. Yoga and meditation can help, also listening to music while meditating can relax you. Getting a massage is a good option too, ask your hubby to massage your shoulders or neck. Try to clear the air in your bedroom before going to bed. Increasing oxygen in your room can bother your sleep. Check the temperature, the most suitable temperature is 65-68o F (18-20o C).
Feeling vertigo and tired are symptoms of anemia as well. Ask your doctor about it during your appointment. During the gestation period most women have a lack of iron and folic acid, and that’s why they feel tired, pant and look pale. If you notice these symptoms, talk to your doctor. He will recommend that you take supplements with iron and folic acid.
You should do blood tests regularly. If it shows that you have anemia, taking these supplements should set you straight. Try to eat regular healthy meals, eat more green-leaf vegetables, spinach, lentils, white beans, dried fruits, eggs, a little bit dark chocolate, chicories, cheese and avocados. Keep in mind, that anemia can be dangerous for you and the baby, so you should not fight it without medical assistance.