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Foods to Help You Sleep?

I can’t sleep! Is there anything I can eat or drink that will help?
ByMelinda Johnson, RD
Nutritionist
Updated
May 17, 2017
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Sorry, but there’s no magic sleep-inducing super food that helps every mom-to-be get her Zzz’s. Actually, it might not be _what _you’re eating but _how _you eat it that helps. For example, some mamas find that eating too much before bed is disruptive (and may aggravate heartburn), and others find that they need to have a small snack of crackers and milk before bed to ward off any nausea that could mess with their beauty rest.

If you’re looking for something relaxing, go old school and sip some warm milk. And it’s not just its cozy, steamy quality that may help. The L-tryptophan in milk raises serotonin levels in the brain, which can lull you to sleep.

And surprisingly, activity such as walking may also help. Not only will moderate exercise during the day help improve your chances of sleep, but it may ease pregnancy leg cramps, if you’re having them — another discomfort that can keep you tossing and turning.

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