Motherhood meets menopause: Coping with fatigue

The Luscious Horizontal Position (but Not What You Think) Feeling too tired and spaced out to play with your child can be a great disappointment not only to your child but also to yourself. Fortunately, children care more about you being with them than they do about whether you’re sitting up or lying down, so at the end of the day I recommend scaling back your expectations and playing “lying down” games. You and your child can read together, play cards together, watch movies together. Despite the fact that I always thought I would outlaw videos in favor of more “creative” endeavors and certainly thought I would be more physically active when I became a parent, some of my most treasured memories come from the humor my daughter and I have shared watching cartoons and movies together, all from a luscious horizontal position.

Fighting Fatigue with Better Nutrition

If you are among the many first-time moms over 40 who are experiencing the fatigue or mild depression associated with perimenopause, never underestimate the positive effect that increasing your vitamin and mineral intake can have on your energy level and your moods. Go to your local bookstore or library and check out the many good books available that detail the changing nutritional needs of the perimenopausal woman. I have worked with many mothers who thought they were candidates not only for the old folk’s farm but for antidepressants as well. Many of these women responded successfully to boosting their vitamin and mineral intake. Some of my clients also report increased energy and a brighter mental outlook from acupuncture and Chinese herbs. And if you don’t already do some form of regular exercise as a means of boosting your energy, refer to chapter one for painless, pleasurable guidelines.

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