Five ways to keep pregnancy hunger under control

May 2, 2017

Feeling hungrier than usual is a common symptom of pregnancy. And although experts recommend that a pregnant woman only needs an extra 300 calories a day during her second and third trimesters (less than a couple of slices of buttered toast), it can feel like your body wants you to eat three breakfasts and seven suppers.

Here's how to make sure you're eating the right stuff and not using pregnancy as an excuse to overinduldge in sweet treats:

  1. Have plenty of fresh fruit and vegetable to hand. Chop them up in advance and keep them in the fridge or take them to work so you can snack on something healthy thoughout the day. Nuts, seeds and dried fruit can also keep hunger pangs at bay. The key is do to a little prep so there's always something healthy available rather than a bar of chocolate.
  2. Are mealtimes the only moments in the day when you don't feel nauseous? Instead of eating extra food to alleviate sickness, space out your meals and snacks. For example, have porridge for brekkie but save the boiled egg for an hour or so later. Have smaller meals frequently throughout the day rather than three big ones.
  3. Choose snacks wisely. Lots of us feel hungry again soon after eating an apple. Combine it with a protein, like a spoonful of peanut butter, and you'll feel fuller for longer.
  4. Have a drink first. Try having a glass of water, fruit juice or milk (this is ideal for alleviating heartburn too!) before picking up a packet of crisps. It might be that you're body is feeling thirsty and a tall glass of H2O does the trick nicely.
  5. Listen to your body. If you're feeling particularly peckish it's ok to snack! You're body is creating a baby from scratch and it needs more fuel. Don't feel guilty for the odd indulgence here and there.

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