Fatigue is common throughout pregnancy because your body uses your energy to facilitate the pregnancy. Low energy levels may make it difficult to work or complete your responsibilities at home. Several strategies may help you feel more energized and make you generally healthier during the pregnancy.
Prioritize Your Responsibilities
A busy schedule drains the energy that you do have during pregnancy. Cut back on your responsibilities and commitments to allow yourself more rest time. This might include scaling back your volunteer commitments, working fewer hours or hiring help for household chores. By prioritizing your responsibilities, you conserve your energy levels for the activities that are most significant or pressing.
Adjust Your Diet
The food you put into your body affects your energy levels. The Cleveland Clinic recommends increasing your consumption of foods with high levels of iron and protein for an energy boost. High-iron foods help you avoid iron deficiency anemia, which contributes to fatigue. Eat foods rich in vitamin C -- orange juice, peppers, broccoli, strawberries -- along with your iron foods, as vitamin C helps your body absorb iron. To boost your iron intake, try red meat, lentils and enriched cereals. The protein also provides your body with fuel. Food sources of protein include chicken, eggs, Greek yogurt and nut butters. Increase your caloric intake by 300 calories each day. Avoid junk food that is full of fat and sugar, which may make you feel less energetic. Consume a balance of healthy foods along with plenty of water for higher energy levels.
Exercise and moving around probably don't sound appealing when your energy levels are low, but they can give you a boost during pregnancy. BabyCenter recommends moderate-intensity exercise every day. A 30 minute slow walk may be enough to give you extra energy. When you feel your energy levels sagging, get up and walk around or do some stretches. A prenatal exercise class may help you commit to regular exercise that is tailored for your body during pregnancy. The American Pregnancy Association recommends getting 30 minutes of exercise daily unless your doctor has advised against it.
A lack of sleep contributes to exhaustion from pregnancy. Get between seven and nine hours of sleep at night. If you run out of energy during the day, try going to bed an hour earlier. Listen to your body to determine when you need to go to bed or take a short nap during the day, as recommended by the American Pregnancy Association.