Managing pregnancy fatigue: advice for tired mums-to-be living in Woking

Jul 23, 2023 | Pregnancy, Mental Health

Pregnancy is an incredible journey that can be filled with joy and anticipation. However, many expectant mothers can also experience fatigue during this transformative time. After all, the physical and hormonal changes taking place in your body can leave you feeling exhausted and drained. Managing pregnancy fatigue is essential to ensuring you have a healthy and enjoyable pregnancy experience. 

In this blog, we will discuss some effective strategies that can help mothers-to-be cope with and manage pregnancy fatigue. 

Delegate and seek support 

Pregnancy is a time when you need to focus on self-care and conserve your energy. Don’t hesitate to ask for help and delegate tasks to your partner, family members, or friends. Whether it’s household chores, grocery shopping, or errands, allowing others to assist you can relieve the burden and help you conserve energy. Share your feelings with your loved ones and express your needs so that they can provide the necessary support. 

Joining an antenatal class provides expectant parents with the opportunity to meet others who are also experiencing pregnancy. So if you’re feeling tired, joining an antenatal class will give you a chance to discuss how you’re feeling with other mothers-to-be, while sharing tips and advice with one another. If you live in Woking, join The Parents Class. Led by professional and friendly midwives, The Parents Class provides expectant parents with evidence-led advice and support, empowering them to make informed decisions shaped around what’s right for them. 

Prioritise rest and sleep 

One of the most important things you can do to combat pregnancy fatigue is to prioritise rest and sleep. Listen to your body’s signals and give yourself permission to rest whenever you need to. Aim for a consistent sleep schedule, ensuring you get seven to nine hours of quality sleep each night. Consider taking short naps during the day to recharge. If discomfort or insomnia keeps you awake at night, try using pregnancy pillows or experimenting with different sleep positions for optimal comfort. 

Have you considered a spa day? Whether you go solo, or with a loved one, a spa day gives you the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind, while nurturing your pregnant body and mind. In fact, there are a number of spa days and treatments available at Foxhills Country Club and Resort – where our Woking antenatal sessions are held – specifically for mums-to-be, including their ‘Blissfully Blooming Spa Day’, which includes a 75-minute pregnancy massage. 

For those who don’t fancy heading to a spa but still want a little relaxation, then you could consider looking at businesses like Serenita Beauty and Wellness. Located in Woking, their ‘Beautiful Bump Backage’ includes a full pregnancy body massage, using nourishing oils, as well as a mini facial. 

Maintain a balanced diet 

Nourishing your body with a well-balanced diet is crucial for managing fatigue during pregnancy. Opt for nutrient-dense foods that provide sustained energy, such as whole grains, lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables. Incorporate healthy snacks into your daily routine to prevent energy dips. Avoid sugary or processed foods that can cause energy crashes. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, as dehydration can contribute to fatigue. 

Light exercise and movement

While it may seem counterintuitive, engaging in light exercise and movement can actually help combat pregnancy fatigue. Regular physical activity, such as walking, swimming, or prenatal yoga, increases blood flow, releases endorphins, and boosts energy levels. Consult with your healthcare provider to determine appropriate exercises for your pregnancy stage. Remember to start slowly, listen to your body, and stop if you feel any discomfort or fatigue. 

Local businesses include Samaya Yoga and Little Eden Yoga, which are both based in Woking and offer pregnancy yoga for mums-to-be who are at least 12 weeks pregnant. If you like the idea of getting in the pool, then you could try a pregnancy aquanatal class. These take place at Pool in the Park, in Woking, giving expectant mums the chance to enjoy a light workout in the water.

A good way to keep on top of your exercise during pregnancy is by using a journal. Our ‘My Pregnancy Journal’ by The Parents Class is perfect for tracking and planning your weekly exercises during pregnancy.

Practice stress management

Stress and anxiety can exacerbate fatigue during pregnancy. Explore relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, or prenatal yoga to help manage stress levels. Consider joining a prenatal class or support group to connect with other expectant mothers and share experiences. Engage in activities that bring you joy and help you relax, such as reading, listening to music, or taking warm baths. 

Consult with your healthcare provider

If pregnancy fatigue becomes overwhelming and significantly interferes with your daily life, it is important to discuss it with your healthcare provider. They can rule out any underlying medical conditions and provide personalised advice. They may recommend additional supplements or suggest modifications to your routine that can help alleviate fatigue. 

Are you pregnant and live in Woking? Join The Parents Class

Pregnancy fatigue is a common and expected symptom, but these strategies will help you to effectively manage it and enjoy a more energised pregnancy experience. Remember, your body is working hard to nurture and grow a precious life within you. Be kind to yourself, prioritise rest, and seek support when needed. 

If you live in Woking and haven’t joined The Parents Class, then this is your sign to find your nearest session. Find out more about The Parents Class here.

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