7 sure-fire ways to beat pregnancy fatigue

Power up your depleted energy stores with ob-gyn-approved exhaustion busters!


Of all the perks that come with your pregnancy, you’ll both love and hate those feelings of exhaustion. Sure, you wonder where all your energy and bounce have gone, yet you also have the best reason to laze around in bed all day.

Fatigue is common among by pregnant mums, especially during their first and third trimesters. Singapore Medical Group ob-gyn Dr Dharshini Gopalakrishnakone cautions, “However, there are still some women who continue to feel tired throughout pregnancy, without respite!”

So, what’s depriving you of all of your energy? Two words: Hormonal changes — for the most part anyway. Explains SmartParents expert, Dr Christopher Chong, a consultant ob-gyn at Gleneagles Hospital, “Especially in the first trimester, which may be made worse by nausea, vomiting and poor sleep.” Dr Dharshini adds that hormones like progesterone, in particular, are what’s making you feel sleepy.

So, what’s depriving you of all of your energy? Two words: Hormonal changes…”

Both Dr Chong and Dr Dharshini offer other factors that may affect your energy levels when you’re expecting:

* Low blood pressure and blood sugar levels Thanks to physiological changes during pregnancy. Dr Chong adds that your growing foetus is absorbing all that sugar that’s in your blood.

* Morning sickness It can also affect your appetite.

* Feeling moody A result of hormones and new-mum anxieties. Dr Dharshini warns that you’ll need to check if your mood swings aren’t a symptom of clinical anxiety or depression, which will require intervention urgently.

* Anaemia Caused by iron deficiency in the blood. Dr Chong explains this leads to fatigue as your body needs to work harder to circulate blood and nutrition.

* Stress From your job and having to take care of your family and possibly, other children, too.

* Pe-existing health conditions This includes thyroid hormone imbalances or viral infections like the flu.

* Lack of quality sleep Because of frequent urination and hormonal changes. 

The good news is that your energy levels are likely to return during the second trimester and after labour. Dr Dharshini says, “I call the second trimester the ‘honeymoon period’! It is important to take advantage of [your second trimester] during pregnancy to accomplish important tasks, as energy levels will likely decrease again in the third trimester.” This is because of the extra weight from your growing foetus, your need to pee frequently, plus, you’re also battling sleep issues.

Ways to fend off pregnancy fatigue… Next!