One of the hardest things about pregnancy is giving up that morning (or heck, even afternoon) cup of coffee! Time to panic? Nope!
Our favorite caffeine free fixes will help wake you up in the morning and stay energized all day long.
Eat Every Meal – Especially Breakfast: No matter how busy thing gets, do not skip meals! Not only are you eating for two now, but missed meals can make you feel sluggish and low energy by the end of the day. Since most of us are used to coffee in the morning, it’s extra important to have a balanced meal to help you “wake up.” Make sure you have a hearty breakfast of protein and complex carbs to keep you energized all morning long.
Have Smaller Meals: It’s no secret that a large meal can make you feel sluggish and tired. Instead, strive for 6 small meals throughout the day to keep energy levels high.
Skip The Sugary Stuff: Sweet, sugary foods will cause a rapid spike in blood sugar which is only good for providing a quick burst of energy followed by a rapid drop in blood sugar as the fuel is quickly absorbed. Opt for healthy snacks that contain complex carbohydrate with fiber, protein, and some healthy fat.
We love snacks like peanut butter on a whole wheat cracker, trail mix with dried fruit and nuts, or Credible Cravings whole food bars that are designed especially for nutrition during pregnancy.
Stay Hydrated: Dehydration can lead to fatigue and that sluggish feeling. Make sure you drink the recommended amount of water every day (about half your weight in ounces). Check out our favorite tricks to drink as much water as possible: insert water blog post link.
Use Ginger Chews: Chewing can increase the heart rate, which increases the blood flow to the brain and helps keep you more alert. We love ginger pregnancy chews – not only do they help fight off nausea but also help combat drowsiness.
Eat an Apple: An apple a day keep the doctor away! Start your morning (or plow through the afternoon) with a sliced up apple. The fructose in apples can provide an energy boost equivalent to that of coffee. Additionally, apples are high in fiber content, allowing the body to absorbs the sugar slowly and giving you a steady stream of energy.
Eat Chia Seeds: These itty bitty seeds are packed with B vitamins, fiber and protein, all of which will give you the pick-me-up you need. They can be added to smoothies, oatmeal, cereals and more.
And not to overlook the obvious, but make sure you are getting enough sleep! It’s especially important to make sure you get enough rest and take care of your body during pregnancy.