I need a pregnancy energy boost


Dude, I’m TIRED. Dang TIIIIRED. And I think I’m realizing this is probably one of the most difficult pregnancy symptoms for me to deal with.

I like being productive, and I can’t be. If I’m Super Girl then fatigue is my kryptonite. It kills me feeling unproductive. I keep thinking “ok, next week I’ll feel better,” and I did momentarily last week, but I’m back to sleepy again.

So I’m on the hunt for an energy boost. I read this article about boosting energy in pregnancy and it wasn’t mind blowing.

1. Exercise. Well, that’s great and all, and I’ve been going to the gym but I feel totally exhausted after, having used all my energy on the fitness class. That’s not what I meant about wanting more energy.

2. Sleep? Ok duh, but it would be nice if I didn’t need quite as much.

3. Healthy eating. I’ve been ok but I could do better. I’m eating lots of fruit and salad but perhaps I could do better in the chicken and blueberry department or something, I dunno. I could always drink more water, and I am re-quitting caffeine. My poor baby is going to come out hyper as an I-don’t-know-what, but I’m scared.

4. Peace of Mind… Umm, this hasn’t ever been my forte. I’ll take a nap when I can, but the only “me time” I’m getting right now is when I lock myself in the bathroom, or when I’m asleep.

So, I’m thinking there’s gotta be something else. Hypnosis? A magic juice? Should I get a juicer? I hear those things are awesome. What better excuse to get a juicer than for a pregnancy energy boost? Anyway, in a week, or so, hopefully I’ll feel normal again, or close to it.

I’m SO excited to meet this kid. I wouldn’t imagine pregnancy the second time around being such a different experience for me though. I’ll going to elaborate on this in another post. In the mean time, if you have an energy boost suggestion, please share!

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  1. Vitamin D. That was the magic bullet for me. My levels were crazy low before my second pregnancy (think pregnancy fatigue when NOT pregnant) and they still haven’t rebounded (probably cuz I’m so bad at remembering to take my vitamins… plus the two more pregnancies that sucked me dry). Have your vitamin levels been checked? Low iron, too, adds to fatigue, I think.

  2. YOGA!! take a break from the running, weight lifting stuff at the gym for a bit and find a good yoga class. yogatoday.com is FANTASTIC they do a free class each week that you can watch over and over or its really cheap for a membership to choose from any of their classes. I also agree checking your vitamin levels could be helpful. I also make green smoothies and that helps my energy, always put blueberries in it so that it’s purple and more appealing and i do a 50/50 fruit to veg ratio they are awesome.

  3. Here is my superformula:
    Omegabrite (Omega 3 pills) +
    B Complex+
    B 12
    It is AMAZING. I have 3 kids under 3 and my husband is out of town for work every week and I was always exhausted. Then my sister, who has 7 kids under 10, told me about this combination of vitamins and fish oil and it has changed my life. I used to be exhausted all the time and now I have energy! I take this combination every morning and sometimes if I want a little boost later in the day I take another B12. It is seriously magic.

  4. I have no magic juice (Sorry!) but with my 3rd baby I didn’t feel like much more than a zombie until around 18-20 weeks. I thought I was never going to be able to clean my house again! But then the wonderful nesting urge kicks in and you’ll go nuts until the debut of 2.0. It will get better, but in the meantime just sleep and don’t worry about anything that you don’t HAVE to worry about. Your husband and daughter will survive if the dishes stay in the sink an extra day, and heck fast food for dinner so you don’t have to think about what to make? A-okay in my book! Do what you gotta do Momma, but not more. You’ll get that energy boost soon enough 🙂

  5. Have you had them check to see if your iron level was low? I know that was a main reason for me that I was more tired than normal during both of my pregnancies. They say oranges and citric smells help to wake you up. MacLauren sells a great citric facial spray that you can use through out the day. It helps to pep me up a little bit.

  6. I remember being SO tired during both my pregnancies, so much so that I would run to the restroom take a corner stall and just sleep. Hold on it will get better!

  7. I’m currently 36 weeks with baby #2 and let me tell you. Second pregnancy fatigue is like NO OTHER! I felt zapped of energy, lethargic, etc. I have to agree with one of the previous posters that my vitamin D and iron levels were low. Seems like once I started those supplements, and hit the lovely second trimester, my energy started to come back.

  8. I second the Vitamin D and fish oil suggestions- but I also believe that pregnancy fatigue is our bodies’ way of telling us to take it easy. It’s not like there will be *more* time to sleep after the baby gets here! In all honesty, my idea of productivity had to be re-defined after I had my second baby. I now have a pre-schooler and a toddler, and some days I feel productive if I just got the dishes washed…

  9. I was the same way with all three pregnancys. It got better after the first semester but came back full force during the 3rd. 🙂 Good luck and can’t wait to meet the little one either 🙂

  10. No energy boost suggestions…sorry. I actually enjoyed being tired when I was pregnant. It was a great excuse to have my hubs do stuff around the house and I had tons of “me” time. The kids would even close the door to my room and say mama need some rest.

  11. I think exercise does actually help energy levels but it is more of a long-term solution. You will be really tired when you finish exercising, but the sleep you get that night will be amazing, and you will have more energy the next day! I swear it’s what kept my morning sickness at bay and has helped me feel better during my pregnancy. It even helps with all the anxiety I feel when I start freaking out about stupid things and my hormones make it hard to calm down.

    Other than that, the only other suggestion I have is to get plenty of sleep and orange juice always gave me a minor boost as long as I followed it up with some protein so my blood sugar didn’t crash. Honestly, I think the pregnancy just makes you tired, you are building a person. Today I hit my 3rd trimester, and I am feeling a lot more energetic than I did up until probably my 22nd week or so.

  12. I’m preganant with my second and I’ve felt the same way! It went away around 15 weeks (at least that’s when I didn’t need to sleep all day) and has been great until now at 22 weeks. Now I’m starting to enter the unconfortable phase. Good luck with everything!

  13. Yes! Juice! In the 2.5 years during which Kaspar slept like a 1.5-day-old (i.e. not much), fresh fruit and veg juice kept me alive and alert enough to function. But really, mama, I say also listen to your body. Be a bum if it says that’s your jam right now. Get a mani/pedi and a massage and remember that in a little while, you’ll be going full-speed with TWO kidlets (one toddler + one newborn? Yowza), and you’ll rock it, but you’ll thank yourself if you kick back now while you can. (Kind of can.) Hang in!!! You ARE super girl.

  14. I agree with the Vitamin D. You’d think that women in Texas and Arizona wouldn’t be low on it but they are. About 75% of our clients at the birth center in AZ are below the desired level of 30. If you’re taking a supplement, make sure it’s D3.

  15. I Got your solution.

    I was recently told I needed more iron because I was a little bit anemic which was making me feel tired.

    so i went to my vitamin and herb shop and the lady who owns the shop said NO to more iron as that will cause constipation and recomended liquid chlorophyll instead. I take about a teaspoon in a glass of water a day and I feel so good and energized since i started drinking it!!! It has a nice fresh minty taste that is easy to drink.

    and no, im sorry but being tired is not an indication that you have to take it easy. its an indication that your body is deficient in something. I mean unless youve ran a marathon then yes, being tired is normal. but waking up tired? not normal.

    please get urself the chlorophyll (google it first if you need to) and have a happy energetic pregnancy! =)

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  17. I felt a night and day difference between my first pregnancy and my second. I had so much more energy the second time around (weird because I was getting a lot less sleep). I really credit it to the brewer diet. My doula recommended it to me. You can check out info about it at http://www.blueribbonbaby.org/

    Basically, it’s a plan to help you get all the nutrients you need during pregnancy and after. Dr. Brewer developed it for the women in his clinic, and had amazing results. He had something like a 1% occurrence of toxemia in pregnancy (the scary high blood pressure thing). Anyway, I felt great while following this diet with my last pregnancy.

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