Can't seem to get enough energy for the day is anyone else having the same problem?

Danielle - posted on 05/01/2013 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I have been having problems with being so super tired. During my pregnancy I had low vitamin D levels and even after my daughter was born and I had my check up my doctor told me that my vitamin D levels were still low and to keep taking my prenatal pills but I guess I just thought I didn't need them. My daughter is 5 months will be 6 on the 20th of this month. I haven't been eating very well because I just don't have time in the morning because when she wakes up I feed her, put her back to bed and then climb back into bed myself that I just don't have the energy to get something to eat. Some days I'm tired but have some energy to get through the day, other days I'm fine but most of the time I just feel like my energy has evaporated from my entire body. I try to sneak in some exercise but whenever I do it's either I can't get myself motivated enough or my daughter seems to want me to play with her whenever I even try so i just opt out of it and play with her. I don't really eat much during the day because of so much to do so I just eat supper with hubby and thats it. Sometimes I wonder if its my thyroid because my mother had so many issues with that for as long as I can remember. I told my doctor about it when I was pregnant and she always made sure to check everything and it always seemed fine but since I already gave birth to my daughter 5 months ago my insurance ran out so I can't afford going to the doctor to get blood work done. So I just wondered if anyone else was having the same problems that I am and what can I do to get my energy back? Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Hi there! First of all MOM, you need to eat! Baby depends on you, so you need to be top of your game ! You sound like you are iron deficiant. Get your greens on! Broccolli, cabbage, asapargus, spinache, kale, cucumber.... and all REAL food, no processed including deli meat ~ it is very processed with lots of nitrates which will suck the life out of you! Avoid sugar, especially any artificial sweeteners & no caffeine, including chocolate~ they will disrupt your sleeping patterns. Lots of raw fruit, vegys. Lean meats, fish, greek yogurt , beans, lentils & nuts for protein. Herbal tea, especially green & decaf coffee are ok! Back to the chocolate, have 80%+ dark chocolate, it is antioxidant and lowers blood pressure, you still need to use portion control. Whole grain foods ~ if you can have them, lots of celiac issues out there. Sprouted grains & whole brown rice Don't focus so much on 3 meals, lots of little meals all day, if it is a thyroid issue, which is doesn't sound like, but if it is, that is the best way to avoid bottoming out later in the day. ~ you may wonder how I know all this, my family has had some health issues which we have had to address, which after years of prescriptions that did not work, were resolved by eating real food, including thyroid, highcholestrol, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, skin irritations & sleep disorder. You also need to move everyday! Dance with your baby, get out the stoller go for a baby "nap/walk" , swim, yoga, or just get down on the floor and stretch it out with baby and roll around! Whatever is easily accessible to you. Don't forget the water! Lots of water every day! It will amaze you how quickly you will feel more energized and healthy, your organs can't perform well unless they are hydrated. Hope that helps! :) Tracey D.

User - posted on 05/02/2013

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Hi Danielle :)

My daughter is 2 and 1/2 and I was having the same problems! I would simply forget to eat, bad bad bad! I have started making overnight oatmeals with tons of fresh fruit for my breakfasts and green smoothies loaded with fruit and adding things like Chia seeds and Ground Flax seeds. Also I brew a pitcher of green tea that I sip throughout the day (in addition to water of course). If you need a real pick me up try even having a glass of water with a table of chia seeds and lemon mixed in, great energy there!

I was drinking up to 4-5 cups of coffee a day and still feeling like I could nap all day long.
I had to get myself in check so I could be a better Mom to my little one, I am sure I was a bore lol!

Hope you feel better soon, remember if you feel good, your family will feel good too!

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It's a big adjustment! I thought she might be your first because I felt exactly the same way after my son was born. I was used to being able to go all day without eating, or eating very little, and nutrition wasn't even all that important to me. Then when J (my only) was born, I felt like the life had been sucked right out of me!

A nutritionist told me what I just told you. It's SO HARD to make food when they are little because as soon as you've made something, they need something, then you don't get to eat until it's cold :/ I tend to "graze" rather than sit down for meals, so every morning, I wash a bunch of berries, a few apples or pears, and slice some pineapples or oranges, or whatever I'm going to eat that day. That way I can just grab something as I walk through the kitchen without even having to stop. I make pre-made lettuce wraps too, but they only last about a day before the lettuce wilts, so I have to make sure I eat them.

One other little tip. If you are feeling really tired and need a quick pick up, grab a carb heavy snack, like a granola bar and pass on the caffeine. The boost won't come with a crash at the end, or lead to cravings later.

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From what I gather in your post, it is more likely your diet/lifestyle than your thyroid. Is this your first child?

You will never have the energy you did before you had a baby again. As parents, we get less sleep, and we are forced to focus less on our selves--the two biggest sources of energy and motivation.

You MUST eat properly. You can eat a banana and a few berries for breakfast, that requires no cooking and you can eat it while you feed your baby.
Make the bed when you get out of it, this will make it less inviting because you won't want to undo your work. Instead of putting baby back to sleep in the bed, let her nap in the stroller and go for a walk. Or use nap time to clean up so that you can take her out for a walk once she wakes up.
When you feed her lunch, you eat too. Boil an egg, sautee some veggies in a little olive oil with pepper and garlic--whatever is in season. It only takes about 5 minutes. Make a sandwich, or throw some deli meat & cheese on a piece of lettuce and roll it up. You can make something in 2 minutes.

When you make your grocery list for the week, include foods for you to eat during the day--lots of fresh fruit & veggies. Some deli meat, and some good sliced cheese. Avoid processed foods. They zap energy. They are okay for a treat, and at dinner time if you are really pressed, but don't expect any energy or health benefit from eating them.

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Susan - posted on 05/09/2013

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They way you describe your eating habits, it could very well be low blood sugar as well as any of the other things mentioned in previous comments. If you know anyone with Diabetes that has a home glucose monitor, you could ask them to check your sugar for you. There should be a chart on the bottle of test strips that tells what levels are considered low, normal, & high. If your blood glucose level shows low, you could then check with your local health center to see if they test sugar levels. I think most do & it's usually not very expensive to have them done there. They may also be able to check some of the other things mentioned. You could always talk to the nurse at the health center & tell her what's going on & ask her to run tests to see if she can find the source of the problem.

Kerry - posted on 05/04/2013

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Hi sweetheart
I carnt offer advice only to say I've been exactly the same my son now 18 months and I found as the months passed I've just rested when I could with him and its got a so much easier noone can prepare you for that level of exhaustion!!!! It does het easier x

Gena - posted on 05/03/2013

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I think you should get the iron in your blood checked, i didnt have enough iron in my blood and i was also out of energy. lack of iron in blood can even cause to get into depression.
let it get checked if possible!

Danielle - posted on 05/02/2013

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Thank you Sarah. Chia seeds? I never tried that but i sure will. I've been exercising whenever I get the chance and even when my daughter wants my attention I've been dancing with her so I've been pretty active and its been a HUGE help. I will be getting more healthy foods soon so it should help too. Thank you for your advice. ^_^

Danielle - posted on 05/01/2013

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Kelly- Thank you so much I will totally try that. We will be grocery shopping this friday for more healthy foods and foods that will give me energy so it should help. Thank you so much for taking the time to post. It's really helped me. ^_^

Danielle - posted on 05/01/2013

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Kelly- Yes this is my first child and thank you for your advice I sure will try eating fruits in the morning. Just trying to get adjusted to the whole mother life.

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