(Got to see the little raspberry! <3)
As you already very well know, most of our neurological/auto-immune disorders come with a thick blanket of chronic fatigue. Add pregnancy to that and we may very well feel like zombies. I know I do! I get super frustrated because I’m constantly fighting the fatigue and my pillow beckons me with it’s fluffy, soft, wonderful ways. Oh Pillow! Why do you tempt me so?!
All joking aside, this level of fatigue can be practically debilitating. Once it hits me, I need to sleep immediately. I’ve even had to pull my car over and sleep in a grocery store parking lot because I was afraid to continue to drive. While getting naps in with our busy schedules seems like an impossible task, I feel that it’s SUPER important to listen to my body. Here are a few tips and tricks I’ve used to help me fight the fatigue.
- Carry a blanket and pillow with you everywhere you go, especially in your car. If you get excessively tired while on the road, pull over to a safe place immediately. Nap it out for a few minutes and if you cannot, call someone to come get you. No need in putting yourself or others in danger by falling asleep at the wheel.
- If you are working and having a hard time making it through your day, ask your boss if they are able to give you extended lunch hours during your pregnancy so you can take a power nap in the middle of your day. I work in a clinic so I just curl up on an exam bed and nap. I’m super lucky to work for amazing people that make accommodations for me during this time.
- Nap Nap Nap Nap Nap Nap! Nobody hates leaving dishes in the sink as much as I do, but sometimes you just gotta let it go and get your nap in when you can! Preventative naps are the best way, in my opinion, to prevent overwhelming fatigue.
- Happy Napping! ❤