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I'm Pregnant & Have No Energy

By Kathryn Walsh ; Updated June 13, 2017

Having low energy is a common problem among pregnant women, particularly during the first trimester. Some women will naturally feel better during the second trimester before feeling fatigued again during the third trimester. Being fatigued may be normal, but it doesn’t have to be debilitating. Restore some of your energy so you can both stay healthy and enjoy every moment of your pregnancy.


Your fatigue may be the result of a number of issues. Getting a restful night’s sleep can be challenging when your belly starts growing and getting up frequently to use the bathroom will also disrupt your sleep. If you’re suffering from morning sickness, the frequent vomiting and nausea will also zap your energy. Your fluctuating hormones may also be responsible. You may also have low energy if you’ve developed anemia during your pregnancy. In many women, a combination of multiple factors may be to blame.


Although having low energy is not uncommon, there are some instances in which it may be a problem beyond simply being inconvenient. If you feel sad all the time in addition to being fatigued, you may be suffering from depression and should see a physician right away. Being slow and lethargic may make your reflexes slower, potentially putting you in danger when you’re driving. Fighting your fatigue all day can also hurt your diet since being irritable and sleepy may make you more likely to reach for sugary junk food.

Food and Drink

Choosing the right foods can help boost your energy all day long. Eating a diet rich in protein will not only give you a steady stream of energy, but it will also help your baby’s cells develop. Eat small dishes containing eggs, lean meats and soy five or six times a day rather than eating three large meals. Complex carbohydrates will also keep your energy up, so snack on fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grain crackers and bread throughout the day. Start drinking more water throughout the day, but limit your fluids during the last two hours before you go to bed so you won’t be up during the night as frequently.

Other Strategies

Although you may not feel up to it, exercising daily will give you energy. Take a walk around the block every few hours or do some yoga stretches during your lunch break. Adjusting your schedule will also help you feel better. Take a 15-minute nap whenever your eyes start to feel heavy. Gradually adjust your bedtime until it’s about an hour earlier than usual. Drink some warm milk and curl up with a book before bed since this will help settle you down and prepare you for a restful sleep.

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