Top 5 Ways to Boost and Sustain Your Energy During Pregnancy
Posted Feb 13 2012 3:38pm
Do you get a food coma every day after lunch? Are you sluggish and fatigued by the time you get home from work?
As a pregnant mom, you’ve got to maintain an even level of energy that will carry you through the day – whether you are in your first, third or “fourth” trimester. To sustain alertness, calm and strength throughout the entire day, you want to minimize peaks and valleys in your energy level.
The key is to make sure that your nutritional intake is giving you body what it needs so you can feel good all day long. You can keep your flow of energy balanced by limiting fluctuations in your blood sugar levels. Keeping your blood sugar levels even will also help you keep your focus and concentration and prevent mood swings which can be triggered by hypoglycemia.
Here are 5 nutrition tips that will help you sustain a healthy flow of energy all day long:
Nutrition Tips For Energy During Pregnancy
Energy and Nutrition Tip #1
Avoid meals with high glycemic loads to prevent digested sugar from rushing into your blood stream too rapidly, causing massive fluctuation in insulin and blood sugar level. You can combine whole grains and vegetables (high fiber foods) with a moderate amount of healthy fats and lean proteins. Avoid white rice, white sugar, white pasta, white flour, white potatoes, and processed foods loaded with extra sugar.
Energy and Nutrition Tip #2
Make sure to eat enough foods that contain B vitamins, such as whole grains and nutritional yeast. B vitamins are essential in your body’s energy production process. If you take a B-complex vitamin supplement, do so in the morning to help boost your daytime energy.
Energy and Nutrition Tip #3
Make sure to eat enough protein, and the right types for your body. It may help to keep a food journal to see how much protein works best for you. Some people need animal foods to function optimally; some can do great with carefully combined plant proteins. Basically, if you get very hungry again shortly after a meal, you probably didn’t get enough protein for your body during that meal.
Energy and Nutrition Tip #4
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated! If you get dehydrated, you’ll feel fatigued and suffer from headaches. Drink before you feel thirsty! Carry a water bottle around with you to make sure you’ve got enough water throughout the day. Avoid plastic bottles because of phthalates which are powerful hormone disruptors that can effect infants.
Energy and Nutrition Tip #5
Avoid sugar and caffeine, both of which cause your blood sugar levels to get imbalanced. To wean off coffee, try beverages that are lower in caffeine content: black tea, green tea, white tea, and Roobios – a non-caffeinated herbal tea that resembles the body of black tea.