QBeing a mum is much more tiring that I thought it would be. I’m still being woken three times a night and am exhausted. Is there anything I can do to boost my energy levels?
AGP Dr Linda Calabresi says: It’s the relentlessness of motherhood that can really take its toll. Firstly you have to put your wellbeing back on the agenda. Pay attention to your protein, fruit and vegetable quota and keep your fluids up.
Many breastfeeding mums are undernourished, dehydrated and exhausted by the end of the day and their babies will not get sufficient milk, leaving them wanting more feeds overnight, compounding the problem. Also, if you’re up frequently at night, take a brief rest in the afternoon when a normal dip in energy levels occurs – even 10 minutes on the lounge with your feet up will help recharge your batteries.
Finally, if the exhaustion is severe or continues to trouble you despite all these measures, see your doctor – occasionally it can be a symptom of an underlying problem, such as anaemia or depression, which is often readily treatable.