Curb your late night pregnancy cravings

It’s right before bedtime when that big craving for chicken curry hits. Should you give in, or will you only regret it? Pregnancy cravings are natural and part of the pregnancy process. Normally, there’s nothing wrong with indulging a craving or two during a healthy pregnancy.

The problem, though, arises if you’re at risk of pregnancy-related problems like heartburn, indigestion, gestational diabetes or excessive weight gain. If that’s you, caution should be taken when it comes to cravings. Typically, a pregnant woman only needs to eat 300 more calories a day to sufficiently nourish the baby. More than that will probably be stored as fat. So if you want to fight the late night pregnancy cravings, what should you do?

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Keep yourself busy

Do you realise that you tend to get a lot of your pregnancy cravings when you are winding down at the end of the day? One way to avoid cravings is to keep busy and distracted before going to bed. Instead of watching TV (which will only tempt you more with ads about food) try doing something that requires active thinking, like solving puzzles or making a craft project.

Drink a glass of milk

Find out more ways to curb your cravings on the next page…