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How To Combat Stress During Pregnancy

Posted By: Sol Badura on September 5, 2011 at 8:01 am

A feeling of overwhelming tiredness is very common in pregnancy. Before you have even taken a pregnancy test, tiredness is a common symptom. If you are in your last trimester, this tiredness returns, usually as an indication that you will be giving birth before long.

Simple things like walking down the street may make you want you want to curl up and grab 40 winks. If you can, great, if you can’t there are a few tweaks you can make you ensure that you make it through the day without dropping off.

The first thing you should change is the size of your meals. Your growing baby squashes up your stomach, so you can’t eat as much as you could post pregnancy. Large meals make you tired anyway, so being pregnant exacerbates it further. Eat smaller portions but more often.

We’ve all heard it said many times, but one meal you should never miss is breakfast. Your body is empty after your sleep so refuel it quick. 
 


Another meal that should never be missed is your lunch. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you will make it up with a larger dinner, this just make you feel bloated and give you indigestion.

As all your energy is being sapped by your growing child, you need to refuel your body more often, so a midday meal is essential. Include grains and protein in both this and your breakfast.

We need Iron for energy, and this is even more important during pregnancy. Red meat and Spinach are both good sources, but if your fatigue is extreme you may well have a deficiency. You may be advised by your doctor to take a supplement if this is the case.

You need a lot of rest as well as eating properly. Forget those late nights, early to bed is the new routine. Make the most of it; your rest will be spasmodic once your baby arrives.

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