Fatigue is a complaint that starts very early during pregnancy. Many people notice it as the first sign of pregnancy, even before they’ve missed their period. The fatigue usually subsides in the second trimester. It often returns in the third trimester as physical exertion increases. The big changes your body is dealing with are responsible for this unusual sleepiness.

Physical causes of fatigue include changes in your hormonal balance. The hormone progesterone plays a particularly important role here. It ensures that the fertilized egg implants in the uterus. Unlike oestrogen, which can have a stimulating effect, progesterone can have a more physically and psychologically depressing effect. You may notice you are less prone to stress and less anxious than usual.

The natural slowing down of your metabolism may also cause an increased need for rest. The increased production of blood cells also takes a toll on your body. If fatigue is really bothering you and you are worried, be sure to contact your health care provider or midwife. They can check for possible causes such as iron deficiency or a previously unknown hypothyroidism. The psyche can also be particularly challenged during pregnancy. Some expectant parents suffer from low moods or even depression, which are associated with fatigue. Please talk to people you trust, especially if you think that your tiredness has a psychological element.

Exercise regularly, preferably in the fresh air. Low impact sports like yoga or swimming also get your circulation going. You can of course fortify yourself with a nap now and then. However, too much sleep could make you even more languid so you shouldn't overdo it. Relaxation exercises can also help. What's sure to wake you up is showers that alternate between warm and cool water, which can boost your circulation and tighten your skin.

It's important to pay attention to nutrition during pregnancy. Don't forget to drink plenty of fluids. Tea, water and juice spritzers can help against fatigue. You don't have to give up caffeinated drinks like cola or coffee completely. But you should only have them in small amounts. So, drink no more than two or maximum three small cups of coffee a day. You should avoid energy drinks, such as Red Bull, altogether. If you are iron deficient, an diet rich in iron will help you. Foods that contain a lot of iron include kale, red meats like beef, whole grains, and legumes like lentils, chickpeas or tofu. Consume iron in combination with vitamin C. It helps your body absorb the iron. If you want to take iron or vitamin C supplements, discuss this with your doctor or midwife beforehand.