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Talk to any pregnant woman about how they feel and undoubtedly the response will be, “tired”. A common side effect of pregnancy is exhaustion. When you think of all the changes your body is going through and all the work it is doing to help grow that little baby inside of you it is no wonder you feel a little tired. Being tired though can lead to other illnesses as well. Over-exhaustion causes your immune system to not be in the best working order, which will make you more susceptible to things like the cold or the flu. Getting adequate rest is important for all of us, but it becomes more important when you are pregnant, and ironically more difficult to obtain.

There is no way to avoid the tiredness that comes with being pregnant, but there are a few things you can do to help make it not quite so bad.

  • Go to bed and get up at relatively the same time every day. Having a good sleeping schedule will help you get more, and better, sleep at night.
  • Get some exercise every day. I know it sounds ridiculous to tell you that exercise will help you feel less exhausted!! But really it works. You might not feel up to a full blown workout every day, but taking 20 or 30 mins to go for a walk will work wonders.
  • Try not to drink too much before you go to bed. You do need to increase the amount of fluids you take in every day while you are pregnant, but by drinking a lot of fluid right before bed you are pretty much guaranteeing that you will have to get up at least a few times during the night to use the little girls room. Uninterrupted sleep doesn’t come easily for a pregnant woman, so try not to add to the interruptions.
  • Take some time during the day for a little nap. If you can use part of your lunch hour to catch a few Zs. I had a co-worker who used to eat her lunch and then would head out to her car for a nap every lunch hour while she was pregnant. She said it worked wonders.
  • Eat a good balanced, nutritious diet. Eating healthy foods will help you avoid another common sleep interrupter, indigestion and heartburn. Avoiding foods late in the evening right before you go to bed is a good idea too.
  • Take some time at the end of the day to relax and wind down before going to bed. It is hard to fall asleep if you mind and body are still in high gear. A few quiet minutes reading or soaking in a warm bath might do the trick.

Most importantly is trying to get the sleep you need. If you find you need more hours of sleep at night now that you are pregnant try to rearrange you schedule to allow you to get more sleep. Take advantage of opportunities to rest or nap when you can to help fight the exhaustion that will inevitably come up during the day. Talk to your friends who have had children, they will be great resources for tips and tricks to help beat the exhaustion.

If you are worried about how exhausted you feel, or if your exhaustion is affecting your ability to function during the day, talk to your prenatal care provider about your concerns.

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