Tips for coping with pregnancy fatigue

With pregnancy comes a slew of new experiences for first-time moms-to-be - unusual food cravings, mood swings and nausea are all common during the first trimester. However, another side effect of being pregnant that many women struggle to adjust to is fatigue.

Even if you regularly cope with a lack of energy after a long day at the office, pregnancy fatigue is in a league of its own. As your body prepares to carry a child, you'll likely feel the need to nap more often in order to sustain your energy levels just to get through the day. But is there any way around this side effect?

While there isn't a specific cure for pregnancy fatigue, there are a couple of tactics you can use to stay on your feet and spend less time in bed throughout the course of nine months. First, make it a point to maintain a healthy diet that consists of small meals throughout the day. This will ensure that you have enough energy to stay awake and focused.

Next, do you body a favor and try to work out at least three times a week. While you might feel the urge to lie around as your belly grows larger, keeping your muscles toned can give your body the strength it needs to carry your baby.

Finally, make your bed as comfortable as possible. As your stomach grows in size, you're going to find yourself more restless when you try to get a good night's sleep. Invest in a pregnancy pillow or new linens to make it easier for you to get comfortable.

How have you coped with pregnancy fatigue in the past? Do you have any tactics that keep you energized? Leave your feedback in the comments section!