During the final trimester of my last pregnancy, I was exhausted all the time. No matter how much sleep I got, which wasn’t much, I always woke up tired. It got so bad that my doctor put me on bedrest to prevent me from falling asleep at the wheel when driving to work (I worked 45 minutes from home at the time). But what my doctor didn’t tell me was that I should have adjusted my diet.
Here are three ways you can change your diet to help get more energy. (Be sure to consult with your doctor or visit your nearest clinic before you make any drastic changes to your diet)
1. Eat Healthier
Most women think pregnancy is their chance to start eating whatever they want, no matter how unhealthy. Yes, you are eating for two, but that doesn’t mean you can just eat anything. Include proteins and carbs to help boost your energy, like chicken, tuna, turkey, beef, sweet potatoes, brown rice, whole wheat breads, etc. These types of foods will keep you fueled up throughout the day. Try to avoid sugars and caffeine, as these will give you a great boost of energy followed by a deep crash that will leave you more tired than you started.
2. Eat Frequently
Eating at least six times per day will prevent your body from having the opportunity to power down. Frequent eating not only keeps your energy up, but also keeps you blood sugar at normal levels. Skipping meals or not getting enough to eat throughout your day, will result in dizziness, light-headedness, and potentially Braxton Hicks contractions. I had this happen to me while pregnant in Disney World. I hadn’t eaten for hours and didn’t have any water all day and the 100 degree weather wasn’t helping. Don’t let this happen to you!
3. Eat Snacks
Having small snacks readily available is important, especially while running errands, at doctor’s appointments or even while taking a break on the couch. Snacks like pretzels, grapes, granola and other quick snacks like these are perfect for you and your growing baby. Be sure to check out this post for other snack ideas that will keep you energized.
In addition to using food as a great energy source, use this time to get as much rest as you can. Whether that be relaxing your mind and body at a spa or curling up in bed an hour earlier each night. You and baby will need all the rest and energy you can get in preparation for the big day. Take care!
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