1. Choose the Right Foods
Sometimes you won’t be able to resist with those strong cravings you might have, but try to avoid the short term sugary treats when you have baba on board. You may feel good for a little while but it won’t last and then you will crash and feel worse for it. You’ll be sick of hearing it but fresh fruit, vegetables and a healthy balanced diet are best for long lasting energy.
The really, really good foods are these bad boys:
2. Drink Water
You naturally might feel more thirsty when pregnant so try and keep up or increase your intake of water - aim for 2 litres a day as a minimum. It not only helps keep your energy levels up, as dehydration will leave you feeling tired and worn out, but lots of water will add to that natural pregnancy glow too! Win-win. If you struggle to drink a lot of the stuff you could add a little slice of lime or lemon or a small bit of natural cordial (but make sure it’s a small amount as they contain sugars)
Although you may feel more tired and you may think that exercise will make you more tired but it will actually have the opposite effect and increase those natural endorphins which will in turn give you a little boost when your feeling tired or low. If you have a pregnant friend, arrange a walk a couple of times a week, try prenatal yoga which has so many benefits including helping with your breathing, take gentle swims or simply stretch out your limbs when at home in the evenings. All these are little things that will help not only your energy levels but also keep your muscles strong and supple during your pregnancy.
4. Manage your Stress
Sometimes, stress can be good.
Seriously. It helps to motivate and get us chasing dreams. It can even boost your immune system and sharpen your focus, but only to a point. Too much of anything is never good. Significant stress can cause lasting damage on your body and increase your feelings of exhaustion. Finding your go to stress-relieving activity is a lifesaver. This applies well beyond the duration of your pregnancy.
Try some of these highly rated stress busters
- Prenatal Yoga
- Walk in Nature
- Keep a Gratitude Journal
5. Keep Doing What You Do!
Meeting friends, laughing, exercising, doing all the things you loved doing before you got pregnant are all things that you should try to keep doing. They will keep your spirit up (when your hormones may be playing havoc with your mood), they will boost your energy levels in the most natural and fun way and help keep your sense of self.