It is the middle of summer and you are in your third trimester of pregnancy. You are sweating from places you didn’t even know had sweat glands, and you are starting to feel as though you are a piece of fruit ready to pop at any minute. Since this is the time that your pregnancy fatigue starts re-occuring (from all that extra weight you’re carrying) you may find yourself feeling like you can’t even get off the couch.
However, you need to, because all that lying around isn’t good for you or the baby. Surprisingly, if you get moving, you’ll find you actually feel better. Your weight will shift, and moving around may make you feel cooler.
You must remember that it is summer, and it is hot. In addition, you’re carrying extra weight, and that weight is causing pressure on blood vessels as well as other discomforts.
So, the first thing to remember is to move slowly. When you rise from a sitting or lying position, do so gradually, and sit there for a few minutes. This will allow the blood some time to flow back to where it belongs.
If you notice any discomfort once you start moving, then call your doctor. Your third trimester of pregnancy can be tricky, so you want to take a little extra care.
Don’t forget to drink plenty of water.
Tips To Fight Fatigue
Now, let’s talk about a few ways to fight fatigue. They’re quite simple, but you’ll notice the difference almost immediately.
• Eat fruits high in water content, such as watermelon, canteloupe, and other fruits. Not only will you stay hydrated, but they’ll taste so good. Make sure you’re eating other appropriate foods during pregnancy, too.
• Take a short nap every day. You’re getting heavier now, and your body is having to work harder. A short nap (no longer than 15 minutes) will refresh you. Don’t wait until you are dog-tired to nap; in fact, do it before you get tired. You’ll get more benefit out of it.
• Take a walk. Find a cool place, such as an indoor mall or fitness facility. You may think you’re literally too tired to do this, but the truth is that you’ll actually feel better after you do. Don’t forget to take water with you.
• With your doctor’s permission, do some mild weight-lifting exercises. Use 2- or 5-pound dumbbells and do some arm lifts, forearm curls, and other mild exercises. These won’t put that much stress on your belly, especially if you do them slowly, but they’ll help you loosen your muscles up, making you feel less fatigued.
As your third trimester of pregnancy progresses, you’re going to feel uncomfortable—summer heat and the extra weight will do that. But, if you use these fatigue-fighting techniques and keep reminding yourself that soon it will all be over and you’ll be holding your baby in your arms, it will make the time go a lot faster.
Why not stay healthy during one of the most important times of your life?