Having fatigue from both pregnancy and Fibromyalgia may seem like a double whammy, and I'll be the first to admit that. Both of my pregnancies included severe fatigue, but after I realized what I could do to help alleviate some of it. You truly can still function relatively normal throughout the day if you keep in mind a couple of things.
- Take frequent breaks during strenuous activities. You may not think that vacuuming the entire house is a big deal, but when you are in your second or third trimester, it can be a very different story. Rest in between rooms and drink plenty of fluids, especially if you moved any furniture in order to vacuum the rug.
- Go to bed earlier than normal to allow your body the rest it needs. I haven't made it much past 7 pm with each of my pregnancies and that's why I'm glad someone invented digital recording for my favorite shows!
- If you need to, and can, take a short nap during the afternoon. I tried to steal a few minutes before school time pickup. My nap was not any longer than about 30-45 minutes. I did not want to be wired at night.
- Eat a healthy diet rich in iron. Yep, Popeye was right. "Spinach is strong to the finish". Some pregnant woman experience anemia and may need a little extra iron in their diet. Spinach, an iron rich food, can help to fight fatigue.
Love and friendship,