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How to Get Energy in the Third Trimester of Pregnancy

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You want to be glowingly vibrant while pregnant, but you feel more like a beached whale. These feelings are completely normal, especially during the last trimester. Spending time taking care of yourself, though, can make a difference in your energy levels, and also give you the stamina you need for childbirth and the first few weeks of motherhood.

Healthy Diet

Your body needs around 2,300 calories during pregnancy according to physician Aviva Jill Romm, author of "The Natural Pregnancy Book," published in 2003. Throughout the pregnancy, eat around 74 grams of protein every day, along with whole grains, vegetables and fruit. Your appetite may wane during the last few weeks, Romm writes, but you'll need to keep up that healthy diet to keep your energy up. Add at least one or two snacks during the day and drink at least six to eight glasses of water a day. Dehydration can make you feel fatigued.

Take a Walk

Although it might seem counterintuitive, daily exercise can help increase energy during late pregnancy. You'll tire more easily than you did earlier in pregnancy, so stick with mild exercise, such as walking, yoga or swimming, and aim for 30 minutes a day. You'll feel better and you'll also reduce your risk of late-pregnancy complications according to pediatrician Alan Greene, author of the 2004 book "From First Kicks to First Steps."

Sleep Is Sweet

Your body needs more sleep in the third trimester due to the increasing demands of your growing baby. At the same time, sleep is harder to come by because of physical discomforts. As soon as you nod off, you may be woken by leg cramps, heartburn or your little one kicking around. Take a 15- to 20-minute nap in the afternoon and go to bed by 10 p.m., suggests Romm. Place pillows or a body under your tummy and between your knees so you're more comfortable.

Take a Deep Breath

Emotional angst can zap your energy as quickly as physical discomforts. Simplify your to-do list and ask others for help with household tasks, such as cooking, laundry and cleaning. Talk with your partner or doctor about any fears you have about the upcoming birth so you feel prepared and calm. Get a massage, relax in a warm bath or spend time visualizing a positive childbirth experience says Romm.

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