Monday, 7 January 2013


It's difficult to sleep during pregnancy, especially during the last trimester. There are foods that can help aid sleep though, and they all have the extra benefit of providing nutrients for your baby. Try these:


- Milk. It contains tryptophan (an amino acid which is a ‘sleep aid’). It also contains the sleep-inducing nutrient calcium, which is effective in stress reduction and the stabilization of nerve fibers, including those in the brain.

- Hot chocolate, made with cacao powder . Cacao contains both the natural tranquilizers tryptophan and magnesium. Magnesium is also important for your baby as it helps to prevent poor foetal growth and even preeclampsia.  


- Almonds, which contain magnesium to promote muscle relaxation. Almonds also supply your body with a protein that can help maintain blood sugar levels while sleeping.

- A banana. Once again full of magnesium and potassium, which help to relax muscles (they're also good following exercise). They also contain tryptophan, which converts to serotonin and melatonin, the brain’s key calming hormones

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