During pregnancy, it’s extremely common to feel tired during the first trimester and those pesky hormones can leave you feeling exhausted and emotional. Combine that with morning sickness and an aversion to anything that resembles a vegetable and it will wreak havoc on your energy levels.

As hard as it is, the best remedy to this is to rest as much as possible.

As your pregnancy progresses, the tiredness may decrease during the second part of pregnancy with a new found energy and ability to stomach the healthy nutritious foods your body is screaming out for. Unfortunately as your baby grows and you begin to carry extra weight, the tiredness will return.

The good news is that tiredness is not going to cause your baby any harm.

When we fall out of sync with care of our body and stop fuelling it with delicious, healthy foods we can begin to massively struggle. Not just physically but mentally as well.

Evidence suggests that as well as affecting our physical health, what we eat also affects the way we feel.

Improving food choices and incorporating nutrient rich foods helps to:-

Is it just me or can you also see a pattern forming here?

  • Improve mood which is crucial for dealing with stress
  • Provides more energy which is crucial for dealing with stress
  • Helps you to think more clearly which is crucial for dealing with stress.

High sugar, high salt and an abundance of simple carbs can leave the body and liver screaming for a break. I’ll also point out that during the first three months, all rules go out the window.

Some food, no matter how little is better than no food. So please don’t worry too much about chowing down on bowls of healthy foods if you can’t stomach it.

However, please just ensure you’re taking a decent prenatal vitamin so that your body doesn’t become depleted of the vital nutrients you and your baby need and ensure you stay as hydrated as possible.

The Best Energy Boosting Smoothies for Pregnancy

If you are struggling to stomach vegetables and fruit, blending them up into a smoothie can be a real game changer. It’s important to ensure your smoothie contains the three most important components of a healthy smoothie:-

  • Proteins
  • Fats
  • Carbohydrates

The following two smoothies are two of my absolute favourites when it comes to boosting energy. Give them a go in the morning if you can stomach them and feel the goodness and energy work it’s way through your body.

Chocolate Energy Boosting Smoothie for Pregnancy

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This packs a real punch when it comes to boosting energy and just one serving will provide you with a whopping 24g of protein.
Course Smoothie
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword Smoothies, Healthy Breakfasts, Healthy Drinks
Prep Time 5 mins
Servings 1
Author The Pregnancy Pantry

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • ¼ avocado
  • 1 tbsp. almond butter
  • 1 tbsp. raw cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp of ground hemp seed
  • 1 tbsp of milled flaxseed
  • 1 cup 240ml almond milk, unsweetened

Instructions

  • Blend all ingredients in a high functioning smoothie maker and serve immediately

Energy Boosting Oat and Banana Smoothie for Pregnancy

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Soak your oats for a few minutes to soften them before adding to this smoothie.
Course Breakfast
Diet Vegan
Keyword Smoothies for Pregnancy,, Smoothies, Healthy Breakfasts, Healthy Drinks
Prep Time 5 mins
Servings 1
Author The Pregnancy Pantry

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. rolled oats
  • 3 tbsp. hot water
  • 1 banana sliced & frozen
  • 1 tbsp. flaxseed meal
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 cup 240ml almond milk, unsweetened

Instructions

  • Soak the oats in the water for a few minutes until softened.
  • Then place all the ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth. Serve immediately.

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