Hacks to Gain More Energy While Pregnant

Pregnancy takes a lot of energy and can leave you feeling drained. While putting more demand on your body, pregnancy also robs you of proper rest. The combination can be an uphill battle from the time you discover your pregnancy to the moment you have your baby.

These tips will help you have a bit more energy while pregnant each day!

Hacks To Gain More Energy While Pregnant

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EXERCISE

Exercises may not be what you want to do the most when you feel tired, but keeping an exercise routine can help keep your body strong and healthy giving you more energy for carrying around your baby. Exercise also makes a great pick-me-up as it increases your heart rate and gets your blood flowing. It’s an excellent way to naturally gain energy while pregnant!

If you did not exercise before pregnancy, talk to your doctor before starting an exercise routine. For light exercises that can get you feeling more awake, take a few minutes to go for a walk in the fresh air. A good walk can be very refreshing and help relieve stiff muscles in your legs from sitting or standing still for work.

I was actually a part of a beta group with BODi while pregnant for Barre Blend Pre and Postnatal. It was pretty cool because I was able to be a tester for the program before it was launched, and it helped hold me accountable all the way until the day I gave birth.

pregnancy Barre Blend

This fitness and wellness program features safe, effective, low-impact workouts to optimize every phase of your pregnancy journey and your transition to motherhood.

So essentially, you follow a workout calendar for whatever trimester you are in. The moves are multi-functional because they help prepare you for labor, motherhood and protect you throughout your pregnancy.

energy while pregnant - barre blend calendar

There is also breathe work and other aspects to help you prepare for labor! Pretty neat, hey!?

If you want to access the program, you will need a BODi membership. There are other prenatal programs that you can try with a membership and thousands of other programs you can use postnatal.

Get your membership here 

You will need weights, a yoga mat, and bands.

These are the ones I used:

Bands

I like the original rubber PEACH BANDS.  I got my set in 2018, and they’re still going strong.

Peach Bands Resistance Bands Set - Exercise Workout Bands for Legs and Butt

The NON-SLIP BANDS are really nice, too,  because they don’t bunch up. Although they are a little more expensive, I find them worth the investment.

Peach Bands Hip Band Set - Fabric Resistance Bands - Exercise Bands for Leg and Butt Workouts

Weights:

I used between 1 lb. and 5 lb.

I found mine on Amazon

Amazon Basics Neoprene Coated Dumbbell Hand Weight Set, 2 Pounds, 4 lb, Set of 2, Pink

Yoga Mat:

I like my mats thick, and Gaiam makes a pretty nice one!

Gaiam Essentials Thick Yoga Mat Fitness & Exercise Mat with Easy-Cinch Carrier Strap, Purple, 72"L X 24"W X 2/5 Inch Thick, 10mm

EAT WELL

The better your diet, the more energy you will have. To help give yourself more energy while pregnant, be sure to pair proteins with healthy complex carbs that can provide you with energy without suddenly spiking your blood sugar or causing a crash later in the day.

Avoid foods high in sugar that may lead to spikes and crashes of your blood sugar, leaving you feeling exhausted by the end of the day. While coffee in moderation is fine in pregnancy, work to reduce your consumption of caffeine for both your baby and your body’s ability to utilize caffeine for energy when you need it most.

Eating enough, particularly in the late months of pregnancy, can be a challenge. Not eating enough can leave you feeling drained of energy. Keep healthy snacks like fruits, vegetables, and nuts handy at all times to make eating healthy through the day easier.

CHECK OUT MY LIST TO NUTRITIONAL FOODS TO EAT WHILE PREGNANT

It’s helpful!! Even if you don’t have gestational diabetes, it’s never a bad idea to indulge in these foods while pregnant.

Make sure you are getting enough water

Water is crucial for nearly all of our bodily functions, and it is vital for growing and caring for the baby you are carrying. When you do not get enough water, it is easy to feel run down. Getting a filtered water bottle is a great way to ensure you have clean, healthy water handy for sipping all day long, no matter where you go.

I really like either using the Brita filtered water bottle OR pour a gallon water jug with filtered water.

The Brita filtered water bottle you can find here.

Gallon Jug:

I personally love HydroJug, but this is always a fun one that is a cheaper option on Amazon.

Fidus Large Half Gallon/64OZ Motivational Water Bottle with Paracord Handle & Removable Straw - BPA Free Leakproof Water Jug with Time Marker to Ensure You Drink Enough Water Daily

TAKE REST BREAKS THROUGHOUT THE DAY

Pregnancy can be draining on the body between the energy used to help your baby grow and in helping you carry around the weight of your baby, increased blood supply, and amniotic fluid. Taking rest breaks during the day before you feel totally worn-down is essential to help maintain your energy levels. Plan breaks throughout the day to just prop your feet up and relax. This is also a great way to help with foot and leg swelling.

If at all possible, plant some naps into your schedule. Sleep is important for healing and maintaining your body, but it can also be hard to come by. Pregnancy makes it hard to sleep at night, from simple discomfort to repeated bathroom breaks to help fight fatigue.

Try to replace some of that lost sleep with a nap or two during the day. Be sure to not take too long of a nap. When you nap for more than 15 to 20 minutes, your body tends to fall into a deeper sleep that can be harder to wake up from, leaving you feeling tired. Instead, take short naps to allow your body to rest and give you an energy boost without the dragging feeling of waking up from a deep sleep too early.

ASK FOR HELP

While it can be hard to not have the energy to do as much as you used to do. This is a common frustration, but it is a temporary one. Don’t be shy about asking your partner and even friends, family, and co-workers to help a bit here and there so you can rest or reduce your stress a bit, preserving your energy for more important things.

TRY ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils are an excellent resource for making your body feel better. When pregnant, you need to be mindful of using only essential oils known to be safe.

Three great choices to give you energy while pregnant include:

  • lemon
  • orange
  • spearmint
  • peppermint (I used for restless leg)

Try these in a diffuser necklace for on-the-go energy without the risk of skin irritation.

TAKE YOUR PRENATAL VITAMIN

Prenatal vitamins are packed with the vitamins and minerals you need to help keep up your energy and grow your baby. Even the best diets can lack proper nutrition thanks to the depletion of soil and other factors. Set an alarm to remind you to take your vitamin so you can help maintain your energy levels by supplying your body with what it needs.

I  had a severe gag reflex while pregnant, so I went with a prenatal gummy to avoid pills. The brand I used is Smart Gummies, and I took them throughout my entire pregnancy. I was worried it may cause a small sugar spike, but my numbers were fine after taking them.

You can get them off of Amazon and even set up a monthly auto-ship because pregnancy brain is real, and one less thing to remember is golden, lol.

You can find them here.

SmartyPants Prenatal Vitamins for Women with DHA and Folate - Daily Gummy Multivitamin: Vitamin C, B12, D3, Zinc for Immunity & Omega 3 Fish Oil, 80 Count (20 Day Supply)

WRAPPING UP: Hacks to Gain More Energy While Pregnant

These are the simple things you can do to have more energy while pregnant. Many of them are easy to incorporate and will benefit you long after pregnancy once they become habits!

Do you have other ideas you would add to the list to gain more energy during pregnancy? I would love to hear from you!

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About Morgan Wender

I’m a boy mom, dog mom, bee mom, lover of all things Disney, and lover of making the best out of this chaotic life of mine. I created this platform to share my life, and help normalize “big topic” motherhood issues. I hope you enjoy my mix of life, love, levity, and everything in between.Now that you know a little about me, I would love to know more about you! Find me over on Instagram, and shoot me a DM if you would like to chat!the journey

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