I’m currently at 26 weeks pregnant, spring has sprung and work is in full force. My to do list seems endless and I’ve been seeking out caffeine free means of boosting my energy to get me through 13 hour days on a crappy nights sleep. On a regular day I’d enjoy an extra coffee or a red bull on ice but that won’t do these days!
1. Start the day moving. I am generally a sucker for enjoying a cup of coffee with the news, a book or some Netflix. This has now changed for me. If I start the day sitting, I end up feeling tired throughout the day. A better use of my morning is my first breakfast and a walk or some tidying up at home.
2. Exercise! I’ve found a good balance between too much and too little when it comes to exercise. A nice walk in the morning does WONDERS to wake me up. I love lifting weights and a 30 minute session is usually the right amount for me on a busy day.
3. Eat before you get hungry. This is a rule for everyone pregnant or not, but holds true when trying to keep your energy going. By feeding your body throughout the day, it is getting all the sustenance it needs for you and baby 👶 Eating smaller snacks and meals throughout the day is also easier for your body to digest so it is spending less energy at once compared to eating a big or heavy meal. That being said, eating healthy is also important.
4. Make sure your vitamin/mineral levels are ok and supplement as needed. I take a prenatal, folate, fish oil and BCAAs to help keep me and baby happy and healthy. I really think the BCAAs help boost my energy a little while assisting in my muscle recovery. Just make sure you check with your health care provider before adding new supplements.
5. Rest. I am not a napper, but on long days I find resting in the afternoon helpful. My sleeps are pretty inconsistent right now but I still can’t sleep during the day. Taking an hour to unwind and lay down on the couch or in bed does wonders. Remember you’re nurturing a human, that’s hard work 💜