Words by Megan Jane
So this picture pretty much sums up how I felt yesterday. I woke up around 7am and BAM felt like a had been smacked in the face with fatigue the size of a semi-trailer. Thankfully it was a day off for me so after the initial shock I then laid around in bed drifting in and out of sleep until around 11.30am, completely out of character! The thought of getting out of bed and coordinating the movement of my legs and arms was near impossible. After sleeping for most of the morning, I managed to peel myself of bed and face what was left of the day. However, I lasted about 4 hours, headed straight back home, showered, ate dinner at 5pm, then went back to bed. I didn’t wake up until 7am the next day!
Fatigue is an all too common symptom during the first trimester, what with all the metabolic changes happening, making a baby is HARD work and takes a lot of energy. Making you feel zapped!
How can you combat fatigue?
- I know it sounds clique but now more than ever before sleep is what your body needs. Even if you can just take 30 minutes out to put your feet up and rest on couch or in bed can do wonders.
- Gentle exercise
- It may sound counter intuitive but gentle exercise such as brisk walk, yoga or Pilates can help lift mood and energy instantly
- Eat nutrient dense, whole foods
- I cannot stress this point enough, the food you consume can either nourish and energise you or drain and deplete you. I know it can be so easy to reach for those quick sugary fixes to lift you up, but in the long run, it will only make you feel worse and needing more to boost you back up again.
- Magnesium is needed for over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body and one of them is to make energy. So dose up ladies, aim for at least 400mg a day more if needed. Best forms for magnesium are citrate, bisglycinate or orotate. I love Sandra Cabot Magnesium Complete.
- Getting enough water is now more important than ever before, dehydration can lead to fatigue, drowsiness and poor mental processing. Aim for 2.2-2.6 litres a day.
- Snack smartly and frequently
What did I learn from my semi-trailer sized fatigue?
As I had been feeling relatively well aside from the water works I was in no way prepared for this fatigue. It was the first day I actually felt pregnant and knew I just had to surrender to what was happening to my body in that moment. I had all these grand plans for my day off, cooking, writing, exercising, they all flew straight out the window along with my energy. It’s like anything in life, we can all plan till our hearts content but in the end life can sometimes throw us a curve ball and it’s up to us to adapt accordingly.