Dear new-moms, I am writing this post on the basis of my own experience of pregnancy and carrying a little one for nine months. Also, many conversations I had with fellow moms and some prolonged discussions with my gynecologist were taken into consideration.
You never understand life until it grows inside of you – Sandra Chami Kassis
First of all, a big warm hug and congratulations for those two bright pink links on your test kit. I know, how exhilarating and confusing yet fulfilling, all at one time, it must have been. You are growing a little human within you and it is absolutely incredible. Take a deep breath and let this sink in, I know, being emotional comes as a packaged deal. It is absolutely normal to feel tired and exhausted almost all day long. Your body is going through many changes and it is creating a little miracle of life within you. Hormonal changes at this time can make you feel really tired, nauseous, as well as pretty emotional.
I remember crying buckets just for a piece of Frankie roll which resulted in mascara being smudged all over my face and a horrible picture of me, which my husband cherishes to this date.
All in all, pregnancy is beautiful yet so emotionally draining because of the hurricane of hormonal as well as bodily changes happening within you. Be gentle to yourself and take a lot of rest. Fatigue is officially considered a constant lack of energy.
For me, the first trimester felt like a sloth-mode was on. I felt like it was impossible to get up in the morning all energized and happy. I was just dragging and sluggish from the moment I use to get up to the time I go to sleep. This exhaustion and tiredness usually last for the initial 12 weeks of pregnancy and in some cases, it can go on for a longer period of time too. It is quite natural and common in prego days.
Here is why you feel tired and exhausted in the initial 12 weeks of pregnancy
- If you were one of those women who usually need only 6 hours of sleep at night now all of the sudden, finds that we need nearly double that during these first weeks of pregnancy, well, then welcome to the world of motherhood. It is a signal from your body to slow down and take some rest.
- Give your body time to get accustomed to the internal especially hormonal changes happening.
- One of the major reasons for Pregnancy fatigue is the ramped-up production of the hormone progesterone. This supports your pregnancy and increases the production of milk glands which is required for breastfeeding later on.
- Hormone changes can also cause mood changes. Not to mention that riding the emotional roller coaster of pregnancy can be tiring.
- The constant demands of creating and pumping extra blood to supply your baby with nutrients and oxygen can make you feel fatigued and exhausted.
- Your metabolism is running high, your heart rate is up, your blood sugar and blood pressure are down, and you’re using more nutrients and water — all of which can wear you out.
- Moms, it is a signal from your body to slow down and give it time to adjust to the incredible changes happening inside.
What to eat to boost the energy level?
Ladies, this phase of your life needs extra special attention when it comes to nourishment from the inside out. Pregnancy increases your nutritional requirements. We are supposed to eat an extra dose of protein and calcium in order to meet the demands of that little life growing in our belly. For some women, nausea hits badly in the first trimester while for others it comes and goes. Here are a few food items that can help in increasing your energy levels and also keep nausea at bay:
- Keep yourself hydrated. If drinking plain water gets difficult then add lemon, mint, or other flavors in it. Try keeping yourself away from market-bought aerated drinks.
- Dairy food items are a must. It is also the finest dietary source of calcium and provides high amounts of magnesium, zinc, phosphorus and various B vitamins like thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B12 all of these are necessary for healthy fetal growth and development. I fell in love with paneer appe during my preggo days.
- Legumes are another brilliant source of protein. This group of food items includes lentils, beans, peas, soybean, and chickpeas.
- Beetroot, broccoli, and avocado. All these are also high in fiber, B vitamins (especially folate), vitamin C, potassium, vitamin E, vitamin K, and copper.
Pregnancy is a beautiful phase and yet one of the most exhausting ones that I have ever been through in three decades of my life. Enjoy the preggo days, mama, and don’t forget to keep a small diary of all the emotions you are feeling today. Trust me, it will be your treasure one day.
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