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Why it happens
These days, no matter how much or how often you eat, you may still feel ravenous night and day. That's not surprising. After all, the tiny person growing inside you has caloric needs of his own.
That doesn't give you license to eat anything and everything – after all, you're eating for yourself and a tiny baby, not another adult – but it does help explain why you're waking up hungry in the middle of the night.
Surprisingly, you need only 300 or so extra calories a day when you're pregnant, and even fewer during your first trimester. Still, your racing metabolism may leave your stomach growling or nauseated.
What you can do about it
Never go to bed hungry. If you're hungry, so is your baby. Keep your fridge and cupboards stocked with quick, healthy snacks such as cottage cheese, boiled eggs, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Try to eat things in as close to their natural state as possible: Choose whole-grain bread or brown rice over more processed white bread or white rice, and fresh fruit over canned fruit in sugary syrup. Go light on fats and sweets.
If you're craving a midnight snack, choose something that packs a nutritional punch as well as satisfying your hunger pangs: a bowl of cereal with milk, toast with peanut butter, or a few crackers with cheese.
Remember to drink liquids, too, to stay hydrated. (If you find yourself making frequent trips to the bathroom in the night, you may want to try to get more liquids early in the day and fewer right before bed, though.)
At the same time, be careful not to overeat if you're suffering from indigestion or heartburn, or you'll be awake for a problem that's more difficult to remedy!