Fatigue is generally brought about because of the following reasons:
- During the first trimester of pregnancy, the mother’s body takes on the huge challenge of creating from scratch and then nourishing the support system for the baby, called the placenta.
- During this time, the mother’s metabolic needs increase significantly, while the blood sugar and blood pressure level does not rise commensurately – all this again leads to fatigue.
- Changes in the hormonal balance inside the body are known to cause fatigue too. Progesterone, in particular, can be one key determinant.
- Finally, the mood upheaval that goes inside the mother’s mind regarding the pregnancy process – ranging from bouts of feeling jubilant to sudden phases of feeling anxious and nervous – can also contribute to the feeling of fatigue and exhaustion.
- After the demanding first trimester, the second trimester looks like a smooth sail with the mother’s body having adapted itself to the constant internal changes.
However, fatigue can return to haunt the mother again in the third semester, because the fast-growing baby would put more demands – mental and more physical – on the mother’s body.
Sleeplessness, constant body pain, and immobility for long hours become the real problems during this time – adding to fatigue.
Fatigue is one of the necessary evils of pregnancy that cannot be done away with. Their impact on the mother’s body can however be reduced by following some of these handy steps:
- By not over-exercising the body –
Mothers should rest whenever the feel tired or exhausted.
One should pace themselves.
So far they could have been the omnipresent wife and daughter-in-law, but now they should prioritize themselves and their health over everything.
- Always keep your partner wary of how you feel. Communicate.
One should let the partner know exactly how sapped you feel. If things go out of control, then a doctor must also be contacted.
- Get more sleep. If you’re perpetually sleepy, make a point of getting more sleep.For mothers this soon this will become a luxury. As the foetus develops arms and legs, he will kick you, punch you, and will make sure to remind you that he is growing inside you.
So get all the rest you can now. Short spans of rest every few hours work wonders in re-energizing the body.
- Eat right. To keep your energy up, eat a balanced diet and take dietary supplements (after consulting the doctor though)
Mothers should follow the pregnancy diet, focusing on long-lasting energy boosters, such as protein and complex carbohydrates. Make sure you’re getting enough calories (which may be easier said than done if morning sickness has you down — but is definitely worth the effort).
Resist meal skipping and opt for frequent mini-meals and snacks
- Exercise well to stay fit and flexible –
The bed and sofa would always call out to you when you feel lethargic and heavy. No doubt that rest is important but the right amount of the exercise can be more rejuvenating and keep you fit and active. But don’t overdo it.
- Adjust schedule –
If the mother-to-be has so far been preoccupied with work or other commitments, this is time when activities need to be toned down.
Over-exerting oneself is a strict no-no at this point.
- Stay well hydrated –
Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated and to flush away all the toxins from the system. Stay away from caffeine-rich products.
But if frequent urination is keeping mothers up at night, cut back on fluid intake a few hours before bedtime and make up for it during the day