I'm Pregnant and Can't Stay Awake!
For many moms-to-be the first clue that they're pregnant is not a missed period or a feeling of queasiness, but a sense of lassitude so intense that a short walk to the corner store may leave them feeling as though they just ran a marathon up Mt. Everest's foothills. Extreme fatigue during that first trimester is one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy.
Why do you feel this way? Well, making another human being requires a lot of energy. It's too soon to see a baby bump, but deep within your body, cells are dividing, organ systems are differentiating, little fingers are forming little fingernails ' processes which put extra demands on your metabolism during a time when morning sickness may be preventing you from eating.
What to do about it? Our advice is to sleep! There's no law that says you can't go to bed at seven o'clock if that's what you feel like doing, and you have back up for your other household responsibilities. Keep in mind that sleeping late in the morning ' except on weekends -- may be more problematic, particularly if you have a job. Grab a catnap if you are in an environment where you can easily: even a ten-minute snooze with your head on your desk can refresh you.
Some wags even speculate that the exhaustion you feel during those first three months is Nature's way of making up for the sleep deprivation you will almost certainly experience once your baby makes his or her debut.
By the end of the first trimester, your bone weariness should subside. Many women report feeling extremely fatigued again during their third trimester of pregnancy, but this time their exhaustion is more clearly related to the difficulty of finding a comfortable position to fall asleep in.
Tips To Help You Wake Up
Eat a Healthy Diet. Fatigue can be exacerbated by inadequate nutrition. Particularly if you are having trouble keeping food down, be very selective about what you put in your stomach. Avoid sugar and other empty calories: even when you are not pregnant, these foods can make you crash and burn. The Mayo Clinic advises that while you do not need to up your calorie intake during the first trimester, you do need to be taking in the number of calories appropriate for a healthy person of your height and weight. Supplement your food cravings for pickles and Cheese Whiz sandwiches with plenty of protein, iron and calcium.
Stress Proof Your Environment. Some places just make you tired even thinking about them! Maybe you can deal with them most of the time ' but when you are pregnant, your defenses are down. Do not be afraid to tell your husband to turn down his Best of Van Halen CD! Turn off those fluorescent bulbs and open the blinds to get some full spectrum sunlight into the room. Open a window and take some deep breaths of fresh air.
Exercise may seem like The Enemy when you are so exhausted you are seriously thinking of crawling rather than walking to the bathroom. However, a little bit of exercise goes a long way to keep you perky during that somnambulistic first three months. In its consumer handbook Your Pregnancy & Birth, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists notes that 30 minutes of moderate exercise, two or three times a week, can help reduce bloating, swelling, constipation and other unpleasant conditions associated with pregnancy.