Can't. Stay. Awake. 18 Ways to Beat Pregnancy Fatigue

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Joanne Van Zuidam on Mar 11, 2011 at 3:41PM

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Can't. Stay. Awake. 18 Ways to Beat Pregnancy Fatigue

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Skip the sweet stuff

Craving sweets? Sugary treats may give you an instant energy boost, but when your blood sugar drops, you’ll feel even more tired than before. That’s because simple carbs, like a doughnut or a cookie, are metabolized faster, says Ximena Jimenez, M.D., R.D., national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. A better choice: complex carbohydrates, such as yogurt or a piece of fruit with a slice of cheese. If possible, combine carbs with protein; the combo will take longer to digest so you’ll have a sustained source of energy. Smart suggestions from Jimenez: whole grain toast and a slice of cheese or yogurt and ½ cup blueberries.

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