In my experience, pregnancy is kind of like riding a months-long roller coaster ride of physical and emotional symptoms. First, you have the complete exhaustion, morning sickness, and general weirdness of the first trimester. Then the magic of the second trimester hits and you experience the baby kicks and bursts of energy. By the time you reach the third trimester you feel like a pregnancy goddess, and then it hits you — the third trimester energy drop. All of a sudden your precious soon-to-be baby turns into a tiny fetus vampire that just sucks the life straight out of you.
Fortunately for exhausted, fatigued, and lackluster pregnant women making their way through the third trimester, there are a few ways one can deal with that all-encompassing fatigue. For example, and according to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), eating enough of the right foods are sure to give you a much-needed boost. The ACOG's pregnancy nutrition guidelines emphasize getting enough protein and complex carbohydrates, and eating frequent meals to keep your energy up. And if you work you should try to take it easy during pregnancy, according to the Mayo Clinic. Because you can't generally nap at work, the clinic recommends taking frequent breaks, modifying your workload, or literally putting your feet up if you're able. Another key third trimester survival tip, according to Seattle-based Swedish Hospital, is getting enough sleep, which in my experience is easier said than done.
Growing a human being is hard work, especially when you reach the third trimester and you're nearing the end of what's sure to feel like a very long pregnancy. So when you feel like you can't go on, here are few things you can do to cope: