Pregnancy Fatigue

How To Combat Pregnancy Fatigue Naturally

Feel restored and better enjoy pregnancy through natural pregnancy fatigue treatments. 

Pregnancy Energy Boost

Even before a positive pregnancy test, fatigue can set in as your body is hard at work building life. Fatigue during pregnancy happens early in the first trimester, dissipates in the second as your body adjusts to changes, and then can come back in the third trimester. While fatigue during pregnancy is perfectly normal, it can still be a struggle to manage this drain on your energy level. The good news is that we’re here to help you find balance during this time of change so you can feel restored and have a happier pregnancy.

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Our Holistic Approach to Helping You Overcome Fatigue While Pregnant

Growing a baby involves a lot of physical hard work while all the changes that come with pregnancy also demand a lot of emotional work as well. All this leads to zapped energy levels and a persistent feeling of fatigue. We know that while this is an exciting time, it’s also a time of significant changes that can feel a bit overwhelming. That’s why we work to treat your whole self, including fatigue, so you can find internal balance and harmony.

Natural Remedies for Fatigue During Pregnancy

Struggling to get up in the morning, wanting to sleep as soon as you get home, and dragging throughout the day – extreme fatigue during pregnancy can be one of the more disruptive effects of pregnancy. We’re here to give you a natural way to find pregnancy fatigue relief through Chinese medicine so you can feel restored and better enjoy this time.  

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Acupuncture for Pregnancy Fatigue

Acupuncture is an effective treatment for pregnancy fatigue that harmonizes hormones and increases energy levels by balancing yin and yang. This internal reset helps lessen extreme fatigue during pregnancy by improving sleep and boosting energy. This therapy is also used to reduce stress and anxiety, which can also affect sleep and energy levels.

During treatment, patients can expect to have acupuncture needles placed on the legs, ears, and wrists. Results can vary based on a number of factors, however, most patients may begin to feel results after 4-6 weeks of weekly treatments.

Chinese Herbal Medicine for Fatigue When Pregnant

Chinese herbs are sometimes used as a pregnancy fatigue remedy. This customized medicine works to reduce fatigue and increase energy levels by balancing hormones. Patients may also experience better and more restorative sleep.

We will most likely first recommend acupuncture for treating fatigue during pregnancy. If Chinese herbs are deemed appropriate, it’s recommended that Chinese herbal medicine be combined with acupuncture treatments to maximize the therapies’ effectiveness. Those that take this approach typically experience increased improvement of their symptoms, quicker results, and more sustained results.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Fatigue Pregnancy?

Fatigue during pregnancy is often times the first sign of pregnancy, occurring as early as the first week. Hormonal changes and the physical demands of pregnancy lead to decreased energy levels. Extreme fatigue usually lessens in the second trimester and then can begin again during the third trimester.

Is Extreme Fatigue Normal in Pregnancy?

Yes, extreme fatigue is a normal side effect of pregnancy.

Is Fatigue a Sign of Pregnancy?

Yes, fatigue is one of the first signs of pregnancy. Pregnancy fatigue usually begins early in the first trimester, lessens during the second, and begins again in the third trimester due to the physical demands of pregnancy and sleep issues.

When Does Pregnancy Fatigue Start?

Fatigue during pregnancy can begin as early as the first week of pregnancy.

When Does Pregnancy Fatigue End?

Pregnancy fatigue usually lessens during the second trimester but then can begin again during the third trimester when high levels of energy are needed to carry around your growing baby. Getting enough quality sleep and keeping stress levels low can also be difficult in the third trimester, leading to low energy levels.

What Does Pregnancy Fatigue Feel Like?

Fatigue during pregnancy can make it difficult to get up in the morning, feeling as if all you want to do is rest, and cause you to feel as if you’re dragging during the day. Sleep and good mental health are crucial during pregnancy, so it’s important to find ways to rest and restore.

Can Early Pregnancy Cause Extreme Fatigue?

Extreme fatigue during pregnancy can happen as early as one week after conception. Fatigue can be one of the first signs of pregnancy.

What Causes Fatigue in Pregnancy?

Pregnancy demands a lot of physical and mental work that drains energy. Hormone changes, making a placenta, pumping extra blood to your baby all require a large amount of energy. Additionally, low blood sugar and blood pressure, as well as high nutrient usage all lead to a feeling of fatigue. Not to mention all the energy-draining stress you might be feeling.

What Helps With Fatigue During Pregnancy?

There are many natural ways to increase energy during pregnancy. Acupuncture is an effective way to balance internal systems and increase energy levels.

Other ways you can keep energy levels up:

  • Take naps
  • Set a good sleep schedule
  • Make your bedroom very dark and a bit cold for sleep
  • Eat small meals throughout the day
  • Stay hydrated
  • Exercise
  • Find ways to lower stress levels

Can You Drink Energy Drinks While Pregnant?

It’s recommended that pregnant women eliminate caffeine intake or limit intake to 200 mg per day. Energy drinks will likely contain more caffeine than the recommended daily amount.

What Can I Take for Energy While Pregnant

The best way to get a pregnancy energy boost is by making some lifestyle changes. Get enough restorative sleep by creating a very dark and cool sleeping environment. Also, try getting more sleep by taking naps. You can also eat small meals throughout the day to keep energy levels up. Exercise in the morning or afternoon and make sure you stay hydrated.

Can Acupuncture Help With Pregnancy Fatigue?

Yes, acupuncture is an effective treatment for pregnancy fatigue. Weekly treatments help increase energy levels, improve sleep, and reduce stress.

How Does Acupuncture Help With Pregnancy Fatigue?

Acupuncture balances the yin and yang within the body and brings harmony to changing hormone levels, leading to an increase in energy. This therapy also improves the quality of sleep and rest. Additionally, acupuncture helps lower stress levels.

Can Chinese Herbal Medicine Help With Pregnancy Fatigue?

We have several herbs that we use for pregnancy support and treating pregnancy fatigue. We will recommend herbs only after a consultation.

What To Expect

You can expect to find a partner in your health journey.

At Transformational Acupuncture, we strive to provide a welcoming environment to each and every patient. We understand traditional healthcare can make some wary of seeking help, even if it’s for the betterment of their health. That’s why we take a holistic approach when treating each person. You will be listened to, treated with respect, and be seen as a true partner in your own health journey.

At the beginning of your treatment you’ll be asked some basic questions so we can establish a good baseline. From there we’ll discuss your specific needs and issues. After hearing from you, we’ll create a holistic plan that is designed to help you live the balanced, healthy life you deserve.

Your Patient Journey

At the beginning of your treatment, you’ll be asked some basic questions so we can establish a good baseline. From there we will discuss your specific needs and issues. After hearing from you, we will create a holistic plan that is designed to help you live the balanced, healthy life you deserve.

Learn more about your complete patient journey.

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Begin your holistic health journey by scheduling an appointment today. Schedule online or give us a call at (202) 297-7404.

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