Holiday season is in full swing—we just have to make it to New Year’s Eve. I am exhausted. Traveling, family, kids, parties—it all adds up to a lot of late nights and early mornings. And if you are pregnant, you may be more tired than usual. This is especially true during the first and third trimesters, when your body is producing new hormones and getting ready for the many changes that will be coming soon.
So what can you do to try to relieve your holiday fatigue? Here are some tips:
• Rest when you can during the day and try to take a few breaks to renew your energy.
• Lots of family activities may leave you feeling drained at the end of the day. Go to bed early, if you can.
• Don’t drink lots of fluids too close to bedtime. Hopefully then, you will not have to get up to go to the bathroom.
• If you often have heartburn, make sure you do not lie down right after you eat. Try to eat your last meal a few hours before you go to bed.
• To avoid leg cramps, gently stretch your leg muscles before bedtime.
• A nice 30 minute walk can refresh and invigorate you (make sure your doctor has said exercise is OK). But do not get too much exercise right before bed.
• Be sure to drink enough fluids—water is usually best.
• Deep breathing and meditation can help you find a moment of peace when you are feeling overwhelmed.
• Try to limit unhealthy snacks. These can drain your energy. Fruits, vegetables, and foods high in iron and protein are good choices.
• During this busy season, do not forget to take your prenatal vitamin. If you are anemic, ask your provider about an iron supplement.