Being pregnant can be quite difficult on you, your body, and your friends and family. You want to please everyone, but the lack of energy makes you want to nap and rest all of the time. Before you were always active and out and about with friends and family, and now you can barely get out of bed. All you want to do is boost your energy, even a little bit.
Now all hope is not lost, and there are a few different ways to do this. You can have some of your energy back and live a life similar to your one pre-pregnancy. So let’s look at some actionable steps to get you back on track to your energetic self.
First, you need to become active
I know, easier said than done. Start by exercising a little bit each day. This does not involve a boot camp class at your local gym. Go outside and walk for 30 minutes around your neighbourhood. This will get you moving and teach your baby at the same time that daily exercise is important. If you are not into walking, then try another low impact exercise like yoga.
If all you want to do all day is sit and watch television, then just drop the sitting part
There are usually exercise classes on the television during the day time hours. They usually have yoga on since all you need is a floor to balance on and do some stretches. This is ideal for pregnant women not wanting to leave the house. Just make sure that you do not lie flat on the ground when doing yoga as this is not good for you and the baby.
Another exercise to boost your energy, and is safe for you, is riding a stationary bike
You do not need to worry about balance since the bike is stationary and you can adjust your gears to make it hard or easy on your legs. Plus this is also a great work out for your legs. Toned legs and a boost of energy. Sign me up! Just make sure you keep it low impact. That is the safest form of exercise for you and your baby.
I am not talking cat naps through the day and four hours at night. I am talking a solid 8 hours or more each night. I know it can be quite uncomfortable to sleep, but continuous sleep is very important for you and baby. Once you sleep for a solid 8 hours or more, you should feel an added extra boost of energy. Make sure you keep this up as it is vital to your health and your babies.
Keep eating healthy
Feed your body what it needs ladies. Indulge in fruits and vegetables, have whole grains, enjoy dairy if you are able to and eat plenty of lean protein like chicken. Research shows that a pregnant woman should eat plenty of sweet potatoes, bananas and chicken (if not vegetarian or vegan) for a boost in B6 for energy and natural body healing.
If you want to stimulate your brain, then feed it blueberries or other foods rich in antioxidants. Broccoli has vitamin C and beta carotene to naturally keep you energized. As you see, there are so many different food options to keep you healthy and boost your energy that you’re bound to like some of them.
Hydration is key
In addition to food, you can boost your energy simply by being hydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Have at least 64 ounces of water a day, if not more. We are often dehydrated and do not realize it because we ignore the symptoms. Dizziness, headaches, feeling sluggish.
These are all signs of dehydration that can be easily put at bay. Also, be sure to stay away from caffeine unless your doctor tells you that it is safe. Caffeine is another culprit when it comes to dehydrating you. Switch your café mocha for a fruit infused water instead.
Have your ‘me time’
Last piece of advice to boost your energy is having “me time”. You need to set time for yourself each day and just relax and meditate. Close your eyes, clear your mind and just focus on one idea of serenity. This can lower your blood pressure, boost your immune system and give you more energy throughout your day. Just sit for 30 minutes and breathe in, then breathe out. Picture that sunset or sunrise in your mind and think about happier times. This will do your body and your mind good.
Lastly, do not forget about your loved ones. Your partner, your family, your friends are all an integral part of how you perceive life and how energetic you may feel.
Furthermore, without a proper support group, you would not be who you are and where you are today. So enjoy the days of being pregnant, and remember to stay relaxed and vow to practice good habits for yourself.
This post is contributed by Natalie Michele, an expert on pregnancy and a consultant that has helped hundreds of women.
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