Hunger pangs at night during pregnancy

Why do I keep waking up feeling hungry during pregnancy?

During pregnancy you may well find that no matter how much or how often you eat, you may still feel ravenous night and day.

Latest research suggests that a pregnant mum only needs 200 extra calories a day in her

However, most doctors in India recommend 300 extra calories a day in the second and third trimesters. Some women may need

That said, it’s important to remember that your body becomes more efficient when you’re pregnant, and makes even better use of the energy you get from your food.

But as your body works harder to make the most of your calorie intake, it’s not surprising if you wake in the night feeling hungry. You may also feel

What can I do about hunger pangs at night?

Rather than going to bed hungry, have a light snack. Keep your fridge and cupboards stocked with quick-to-prepare, healthy snacks. These could include:

  • fresh fruit and vegetables
  • crackers, dry biscuits or rusk
  • hard-boiled eggs
  • puffed rice (murmure)
  • poha
  • slices of wholewheat bread
  • quick-cooking oats
  • roasted gram (chana)
  • corn kernels (that can be steamed or boiled)
  • nuts, seeds, and dried fruit

If you tend to get

For your daytime meals, choose wholegrain or multi grain rotis, brown rice or wholewheat bread rather than white rice or white bread. Wholegrain, unrefined foods contain more fibre and fill you up more. They also help to prevent constipation. Go easy on fatty or

If you’re craving a midnight snack, choose something that’s good for you as well as satisfying your hunger pangs. Try a milky drink, a non-caffeinated

Some foods contain a natural sleep-promoting amino acid called tryptophan. Snacks containing tryptophan may also help you to sleep. Banana, fish and turkey contain tryptophan. Don’t be tempted to take a tryptophan supplement, as it isn’t safe for pregnancy.

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During pregnancy you may well find that no matter how much or how often you eat, you may still feel ravenous night and day.Latest research suggests that a pregnant mum only needs 200 extra calories a day in her last trimester However, most doctors in India recommend 300 extra calories a day in the second and third trimesters. Some women may need more or less calories in pregnancy depending on their health.That said, it’s important to remember that your body becomes more efficient when you’re pregnant, and makes even better use of the energy you get from your food.But as your body works harder to make the most of your calorie intake, it’s not surprising if you wake in the night feeling hungry. You may also feel nauseous because your stomach’s empty.Rather than going to bed hungry, have a light snack. Keep your fridge and cupboards stocked with quick-to-prepare, healthy snacks. These could include:If you tend to get indigestion at night, try not to have citrus fruits before bed, as they’re more acidic.For your daytime meals, choose wholegrain or multi grains, brown rice or wholewheat bread rather than white rice or white bread. Wholegrain, unrefined foods contain more fibre and fill you up more. They also help to prevent constipation. Go easy on fatty or spicy foods and sweets. Spicy food can cause indigestion and sweets give you a quick boost but don’t stave off hunger.If you’re craving a midnight snack, choose something that’s good for you as well as satisfying your hunger pangs. Try a milky drink, a non-caffeinated herbal tea , a sandwich, salads, bowl of cereal with milk, fruit yoghurt, a handful of dried fruit, toast with peanut butter, or a few crackers with cheese.Some foods contain a natural sleep-promoting amino acid called tryptophan. Snacks containing tryptophan may also help you to sleep. Banana, fish and turkey contain tryptophan. Don’t be tempted to take a tryptophan supplement, as it isn’t safe for pregnancy.You may want to check out our slideshow of healthy snacks during pregnancy for more ideas.Read this article in Hindi: गर्भावस्था में रात के समय भूख लगना