WHY THO: YOU’RE DRAGGING ALL DAY LONG
CONSTANT FATIGUE IS REAL: HERE’S WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT
Much like how time falls in two camps—BC and AD—so does life before and after baby. And even more specifically, your energy levels. Which is why it’s such a bummer when you find yourself completely exhausted before the baby has even arrived (and before all those night wakings). What can you do about it? Read this!
Blood sugar levels and blood pressure levels are lower because your body is, for one thing, producing a lot of blood. Your blood vessels are also dilating thanks to hormonal shifts (blood pressure is at its lowest point about midway through the second trimester, FYI).
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate (the same exact rule you followed before pregnancy—but you need even more water now).
Exercise. Ugh, even when you really don’t want to. It doesn’t have to be hot yoga (actually it probably shouldn’t be hot yoga) but just a brisk walk will perk you up.
Cut down on sugar—and any of the usual culprits that give you a boost and then snatch it away.
Try aromatherapy—it is possible to trigger brain chemistry and alter your energy for a clearer mind. Feeling allergic to every single smell you come across? Look for something gentle with low concentrations of essential oils (1% pure essential oil is best).
NEUROTIC THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
Will I ever sleep again?
Ha. Probably yes but in full transparency the quality of sleep after a baby is altered. This is life. We deal.
Renew, Eucalyptus pick-me-up