There's no doubting that being pregnant really takes it out of you from day one. Especially if you're still at work. Avoid dozing off mid-instruction from your boss by building one or more of these easy tiredness beaters into your daily routine. Read more on your maternity rights

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Make clever food choices during your work day to stop you getting tired during pregnancy

Skip the sweet stuff

Try and be strong when you take a trip to the canteen. Sugary snacks will give you a quick energy boost, it’s true. But it’s a short-lived boost. You’ll feel even more tired than before once your blood sugar drops. Instead try to combine complex carbs with protein in your snacks – a wheat germ cracker with a piece of cheese for example, or yoghurt with some fruit – to make sure you stay awake at your desk. Is your diet good enough for your pregnancy?

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Getting out into the fresh air instantly boosts your energy

Take a lunchtime stroll

With most offices using energy-sapping re-circulated air conditioning nowadays it will do you good to get some proper oxygen. And increasing your blood flow with a bit of a walk is an instant way to raise your energy levels, not to mention boosting your intake of vital vitamin D. Try a stroll around the block for 20 minutes of your hour’s break. How to exercise safely during pregnancy

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Pop in your headphones during pregnancy for a blast of energy-boosting tunes

Plug in your iPod

If your boss will allow it, a blast of up-tempo tunes at your desk is a quick-fix way to stifle those yawns. Pop in your headphones if you’re afraid of disturbing others and if you really can’t do it at your desk, have a quick listen when you pop to the loo as your pregnancy will be making you take extra toilet breaks anyway.

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Cold water gives an instant lift

Make a splash

A touch of cold water on your face is an instant pick-you-up. Just think how alive you feel when you jump in the hotel pool for the first time on your hols! If you’re worried about wrecking your work make-up trying running cold water over your wrists for as long as you can stand for the same energy-boosting effect. 5 more easy ways to boost pregnancy energy

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