Why do you get extreme hunger pangs during pregnancy? You’re not just feeling peckish; the hunger is real… and the pangs can strike at odd hours, such as midnight or soon after you’ve eaten.
And in food-crazy Singapore, that extra plate of char kway teow or durian feast at midnight is never too far away.
Should you give in to the hunger pangs?
The first trimester is sometimes marked by nausea (morning sickness), and, at other times, the need to eat frequently. From the second trimester, your developing foetus requires extra calories, hence prompting the need to eat more.
It is only in the last three months of your pregnancy that you will need an extra 200 calories daily to cope with Baby’s increasing growth and provide adequate nutrition.
How to manage hunger pains
It is difficult to stick to three main meals a day during pregnancy as hunger pangs can hit anytime, so add a healthy snack in between, Dr Goh advises. It’s easy to find loads of healthy pregnancy recipes online, including healthier mee goreng, water chestnut cream dessert, ginger-spiced pinwheel pastries,
Otherwise, it’s easy to overeat during your main meals, simply because you will feel famished by then.
Consider wholemeal sandwiches, beans or nuts. Yoghurt or oats bars are also healthy options, she recommends. Or try one of these super foods for pregnant mums.
If midnight pangs hit you and it is hard to go back to sleep, get up and have some toast, cereal, crackers or milk.
Once baby is born
After your little bundle of joy is born, it will take time for you to shed your pregnancy weight. Take it easy and avoid these pregnancy diet traps that could harm your health. Instead, follow these post-pregnancy diet strategies.
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