While the news of being pregnant may be exciting, the tiredness and fatigue that prevails during the first trimester can be a cause of concern for most women, who are pregnant for the first time. And before we talk about this tiredness issue, let me assure you that experiencing fatigue and tiredness is absolutely normal during this initial period of pregnancy.
While we’re using the words tiredness and fatigue, you may feel your symptoms are well beyond these words and you may feel completely exhausted. But there’s nothing in it that should leave you alarmed, because it’s very normal to experience an energy drain during the first trimester.
During the first trimester, there is a sudden rise in the progesterone hormone level which leaves you feeling sluggish. Also, this sudden spur may cause nausea and vomiting. And vomiting and nausea can further leave you drained out. This hormonal imbalance also affects your sleep, which again takes a toll on your energy levels.
Dealing with it
There are certain ways out which can help you in dealing with this fatigue and exhaustion. The most important thing is to listen to your body and increase your sleep time. That means going to bed early every night, even if you do not feel sleepy. Lying down in the bed is quite relaxing, so even if you do not fall asleep your body is still getting time to recoup from the exertion of the day. Also, it’s one time when you need to get into the habit of taking an afternoon nap, even if the nap time is as short as half an hour.
Your diet is the other thing that needs attention. Because, when you’re pregnant you need to consume 300 extra calories on an average per day. But then, increasing calories doesn’t mean that you have to stock up on empty calories, which provide you with no nutrition.
Get on to some healthy eating and replace your junk food intake with raw vegetables, fruits and dairy products. Water is another aspect that needs attention, and nothing less than ten to twelve glasses of water can equate with your body requirements.