Nothing wipes you out like a good dose of pregnancy. Growing a baby is tiring work—but Mother Nature took pity on us and provided some all-star options for boosting energy levels naturally. Read on to learn about five foods that’ll help you win the fight against pregnancy fatigue.
Making sure to hydrate is one of the best ways to boost your energy levels. Water is the main component of blood and helps carry key nutrients to your cells, and fatigue is one of the first signs your body is low on fluids. Very few women actually drink six to eight glasses of water per day, and when you’re pregnant you’re supposed to have even more since your body’s busy making baby’s amniotic fluid. (The water you drink helps constantly replenish the fluid supply.) Dehydration can also up your risk of urinary tract infections and preterm labour. Sick of plain water? Frances Largeman-Roth, the registered dietician and author of Feed the Belly: The Pregnant Mom’s Healthy Eating Guide, suggests drinking coconut water or adding mint, lemon, lime or cucumber slices to your H2O for a subtle kick of flavour. However you like your water, the key is carrying an 8-ounce bottle with you all day and sipping from it often.
Snacking throughout the day can help keep your energy up—and nuts are convenient (and healthy) option to carry with you. They offer protein and fibre to keep you fuller longer, plus healthy fts (including brain-boosting omega-3s) and magnesium (which you should be getting 350 milligrams of a day). Trying not to go too crazy with calories? Shell-on pistachios take longer to eat, giving your body more time to register that it’s full.