If you are you pregnant while having a toddler at home, you may soon experience, if you haven’t already, periods of fatigue trying to keep up with your tiny tot at home. Here are some tips to help you cope from Brighid Moret of The Washington Times Communities column, Parenting the First Time Through:
1. Sleep when your toddler sleeps This may sound familiar. It is the same advice you were given when your baby was born, and it may sound just as crazy. By the time you have a toddler, the amount of time he spends asleep is much less than that of a newborn. He sleeps at night, and maybe he still takes a nap midday. Of course, you are going to sleep at night. And that nap?
Well, if you are not at work, then chances are you have been using that time to clean, read, or just have a few peaceful moments to yourself.
The bottom line is that as a toddler’s time sleeping diminishes, that time becomes even more important to parents for household tasks or some rare time to themselves.
Take advantage of your toddler’s naps and sleep when he sleeps.
So, once your little one hits the sack you should too. Remember, it is only for a few weeks. That energy drain is your body trying to grow a baby and a placenta. Once the placenta is established, you should feel more energized and be able to get back to a more normal routine.
2. Avoid sugary foods
While this can also go under the category of general advice, it can also help fight fatigue. Since you should be avoiding caffeine, especially in large doses, you may be missing that extra energy boost and think that giving into a little chocolate craving might both satisfy your sweet tooth and give you a little extra pep in your step.
The problem is that while sugar may give you a small boost, it will drain you fast afterwards. Instead, reach for a protein packed snack, such as almonds, hummus, or Greek yogurt. Foods high in protein have been shown to give you a natural energy boost that lasts longer than that of sugar and does not result in the same crash.
3. Play with your toddler
Getting exercise is a common prescription for finding energy reserves, and toddlers notoriously have tons of energy. The best way to manage this is to get outside and find ways to let the little one burn off some of his reserves that gets you some exercise as well.
Maybe play a game of soccer in the backyard, or go for a walk at a park. If you have a little one that likes to dance, try putting on some up-beat music and have an in-house dance party.