3. Take a supplement
Pregnancy vitamin supplements aren’t a substitute for a balanced diet. But they can help if you’re worried you’re not eating well, or you’re too sick to eat much.
Most prenatal supplements contain more folic acid and iron than you’ll find in a standard multivitamin.
It’s important to get enough folic acid before conception and during early pregnancy. Folic acid greatly reduces your baby’s risk of developing neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida.
Ideally, you should start taking 400 micrograms of folic acid at least one month before becoming pregnant. Once you are confirmed pregnant, up your daily dose to 600 mcg.
You also need to make sure you’re getting enough iron. Your iron requirement increases significantly during pregnancy, especially during the second and third trimesters.
But more is not necessarily better — taking too much of certain things can actually be harmful. Avoid megadoses of any vitamin, and don’t take any additional supplements or herbal preparations without your caregiver’s okay.
4. Get quality rest
The fatigue you feel in the first and third trimesters is your body’s way of telling you to slow down.
Take a nap in the middle of the day, give yourself a break and let your other responsibilities slide a little or rather delegate it to other people.
If you can’t sleep, at least put your feet up and read a book or leaf through a magazine.
Relaxation techniques such as yoga, stretching, deep breathing, and massage are all great ways to combat stress and get a better night’s sleep.