There is something unique about the exhaustion of pregnancy, especially in those early weeks when everything can feel like an effort and you could cry with tiredness.
Not everyone experiences it but some women can feel that every cell in their body is tired. Throughout pregnancy, tiredness can just hit and all you need to do is sleep, especially towards the end of pregnancy where you can truly feel like you are growing another human being.
It can be one reason why some women decide to finish work earlier than planned because exhaustion just hits and the days can feel tough.
If it is an option, giving yourself a little bit of time at the end of pregnancy to rest and nap as you need to – especially because night sleep can become so interrupted – can give you more energy for labour, birth and recovery.
Learning to use your breathing can also be a simple way to boost your energy as it can also ease any aches and stress.
It’s not always easy but rest when you can and when your body demands it. Early nights, lie ins, an afternoon snooze at the weekend can all make a difference, along with eating well and drinking plenty of water so you’re not dehydrated.
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