This week your baby has grown to the size of a grape, (about 2.3 cm long). The back is straightening, the neck is becoming more erect and the eyes are now fully developed, although they won’t open for some time. Buds have formed that will be arms and legs, and webbed fingers and toes are developing onto the buds. Don’t worry; your baby will lose the webbed appearance before birth. Physically, you probably feel exhausted this week and may notice your breasts beginning to swell and your nipples turning a shade darker. These are all normal signs of being pregnant.
One of the most common side-effects of pregnancy, especially in the first trimester, is fatigue. During this period your body is going through a range of physical changes and the great surge in your hormone levels can leave you feeling exhausted.
Follow these top tips to learn how to fight tiredness and bring energy back into your daily routine:
- Get some fresh air and exercise! Performing some light and gentle exercise on a daily basis can be a refreshing way to feel more energised. Whether you go out for a walk with a friend, join an antenatal swimming class, or practice some pregnancy yoga, there is a good chance you will feel invigorated afterwards. Not only will exercise release those feel-good endorphins, but it will help you get a full night’s sleep later on, making you well-rested for the next day’s activities.
- Don’t allow yourself to become overtired. Though you may feel the need to keep going and going from the second you wake, you must remember you are not the energiser bunny! When you feel tired, it is important to rest. Listen to your body’s needs and take a nap when you need one, to ensure a full night’s sleep later on.
- If you are feeling tired during the day, it is important to try to avoid eating sugary sweets and treats. Although these will give you an instant energy boost, when your blood-sugar level drops down you will feel more tired than before! As an expectant mum, it is important to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet that is high in nutrients which will give you a longer lasting energy boost.
- Have a warm, relaxing bath before you go to bed. This will help you to unwind and you will be more likely to have a good night's sleep.
- Allow others to lend a helping hand. There is no shame in taking up friends’ offers to help out with household chores and other responsibilities. Especially if you already have one or two little ones running around the house it may be hard to find the time you need to put your feet up. So let others help you out around the house and get those breaks for some much-needed rest.