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Five Tips for Boosting Energy During Pregnancy

January 4, 2013

4145515758_d688d44130_zWhether it’s the nausea and rising hormones of the first trimester, the exponential growth of your baby during the second, or that heavy, uncomfortable feeling during the third trimester, your energy is sure to flag during your pregnancy. Take a look at our tips for boosting energy during those long nine months when sleep can be elusive and changes in your body can really wear you out!

  1. Keep your blood sugar stable. Instead of eating two or three large meals during the day, have five or six small meals and make sure you’re incorporating a mix of protein and complex carbohydrates with each meal. Lean proteins such as seafood, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, and eggs can provide a lot of protein without a lot of fat. And carbohydrate-rich foods that are full of whole grains, or fresh fruits and vegetables, can round out your meals and keep your blood sugar steady for longer periods of time.
  1. Hydrate! Often, that sluggish, irritable, headachey feeling has a culprit that’s easy to vanquish. Many of us go about our errands, workdays, and weekends, without thinking about how much water we’re losing. Having a bottle of water on hand, and filling up a large cup several times each day at home, can make a huge difference in your energy level.
  2. Get some sun! During the day, make sure your blinds are open, or, if you live or work in a dimly lit area, get outside for just a few minutes             every few hours and soak up some sun. Besides providing an instant energy boost, the sun helps to regulate your circadian rhythms, which keep you feeling awake and focused during the day, and sleepy when the sun sets and it’s time for rest.
  1. Embrace the nap. You don’t even have to carve our 45 minutes in a dark room to get some of the benefits of a nap. Even closing your eyes for fifteen minutes in a quiet place, and allowing your body and mind to relax, can recharge your batteries during a particularly sluggish day.
  1. Get moving! Unless you’re on bedrest, taking a long walk during the day, spending 30-45 minutes on low-impact aerobic activity at the gym, or even swimming or dancing can have a real impact on how you feel. You may think that exercise will wear you out even more, but it’s more likely to get your blood flowing and it may even release some feel-good endorphins.

What are your tips for a quick energy boost during pregnancy? Veteran moms, what worked for you? New moms, any strategies you’ve discovered?

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