Middle of the night snacking, constant empty stomach feeling

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
898 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

@BellaDee:  Maybe try to find a cracker or something similar that you can keep by your bed to snack on to ward off nausea and hunger that won’t upset the heartburn/acid issues? That would be my best guess for you.

I’m at the end of my pregnancy and hunger/heartburn are a constant issue now too, and nothing seems to prevent heartburn when I eat so I just have to put up with it basically =/

Post # 4
1754 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Try eating a snack with protein before you go to bed – maybe crackers and cheese? Protein or fibre keeps you fuller for longer.

Post # 5
2614 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@BellaDee:  No advice really but this brings back memories!! I had to eat every two hours or I felt seriously ill. I cried in a supermarket I was so bad once and ended up opening and eating half of my shopping while there! I just made sure there was a snack by my bedside at night. Definitely watch carb vs protein intake. it helps to some degree but I still found I was hungry all the time. Maybe get a glucose test done. Also, I told my acupuncturist about this problem the last time and he said he could help next time (in case youre interested in acupuncture). 


Post # 6
2614 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@BellaDee:  Also, for nausea, my friend recommended chopping up ginger into cubes and freezing it. Eat one when you feel nauseous. I never tried if so not sure how well it works.

Post # 7
525 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

+1 for more protein. Try Greek yogurt, apple/cheese, a hard boiled egg you made earlier in the day/week. 

Post # 8
7192 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

It’s normal. I had to eat saltines in the middle of the night for weeks to avoid the empty stomach and nausea that it caused.


Post # 9
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@BellaDee:  I used to keep saltines or granola bars with me at night when I would wake up Hungry. It was usually enough to tie me over so I didn’t feel as sick in the morning. Then I would eat a few before getting out of bed in the morning.

Post # 10
1817 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Trying eating snacks with protein in them. Cheese and crackers, cottage cheese, peanut butter, even a small milk shake! They will keep you fuller longer.

Post # 11
352 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@BellaDee:  I’ve been starving my entire pregnancy! It’s just now starting to taper off at 19 weeks. The best thing for me was a glass of milk and a spoonful or 2 of peanut butter

Post # 12
3119 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think this is pretty normal! I know one of the other August mamas (can’t remember who) used to go to bed prepared for middle of the night snacking with a cut up apple, crackers, and other things on her night table just ready for her so she could reach over and snack a bit without it really affecting her sleep. Eat when you need to eat! 

Post # 13
992 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I made a PB&J sandwich every night to keep next to my bed when I was pregnant. Everytime I woke up, I would take a bite or two and it would usually help me fall back asleep pretty quickly. If I didn’t have it, I would usually lay awake debating whether I should get up and go make something until finally I’d haul my ass out of bed to the kitchen and graze on some crap, so having something healthyish to snack on that was handy saved me a lot of awake time.

Post # 14
1059 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

I found that eggs, tofu, and yogurt are my most happily digestible proteins. They keep me sane.

Post # 15
545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Totally normal and it will pass! I’m a bit over 12 weeks and I now sleep straight through the night unless I have to pee! No more midnight snacking, no more nausea!

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