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I Am 8 Months Pregnant and My Husband’s Night Eating Is Constantly Leaving Me Hungry

Hey everyone, just here sharing a bit of my life as I’m 8 months pregnant and super excited about our little one coming soon. But, I’ve got this kind of weird situation at home making things tougher than expected. My biggest challenge isn’t the usual pregnancy stuff, but my husband, Mark, and his relentless nighttime eating.

A man eating against a dark backdrop

A man eating against a dark backdrop

Every night, after midnight, Mark goes on his kitchen raids. It wouldn’t be such a big deal if it didn’t hit me so hard. He literally eats everything—meals I prepped for the next day, my lunch leftovers, you name it. When you’re 8 months pregnant and wake up to find no food, then have to either cook again or run to the store, it’s just exhausting.

An upset pregnant woman holding her belly | Source: Shutterstock

An upset pregnant woman holding her belly | Source: Shutterstock

We’ve talked about this so many times, but he just laughs it off and suggests I should simply make more or stash away some special snacks for myself. It feels like he’s not taking any of this seriously, just treating it as a quirky thing he does.

An upset woman with her head in her hands as her husband looks on | Source: Shutterstock

An upset woman with her head in her hands as her husband looks on | Source: Shutterstock

So, last Thursday night really showed me how bad it’s gotten. I spent the afternoon cooking up a big batch of my favorite chili, thinking it would last a few days and was even considerate enough to make extra for Mark.

A ramekin filled with chili | Source: Pexels

A ramekin filled with chili | Source: Pexels

But come 1 AM, there I am, woken up by pots banging. I find Mark in the kitchen, helping himself to nearly all the chili. “Babe, I was just so hungry, and it smelled so good,” he tried to explain, clueless about the effort I put into making it last. “I made that chili so we could have meals ready for the week. We can’t keep doing this. I’m totally out of energy, and it’s really not fair,” I told him.

A crying pregnant woman | Source: Shutterstock

A crying pregnant woman | Source: Shutterstock

His solution? “Why don’t we just make more tomorrow?” I was too tired to argue and just went back to bed, but I knew something had to change. I couldn’t keep up like this, not this far into my pregnancy.

A man arguing with his pregnant wife | Source: Shutterstock

A man arguing with his pregnant wife | Source: Shutterstock

Things just kept going the same way. Mornings where I’d find my meals and snacks gone were becoming the norm. It was draining, and after one morning of finding out he’d eaten the lasagna I’d planned for lunch, I hit my breaking point.

A slice of lasagna garnished with basil | Source: Pexels

A slice of lasagna garnished with basil | Source: Pexels

Sitting on the kitchen floor, surrounded by grocery bags because I was too worn out to put them away, I called my sister. I was in tears, telling her how Mark’s eating habits were leaving me hungry and messing up my sleep every night.

An upset woman on the phone | Source: Shutterstock

An upset woman on the phone | Source: Shutterstock

She said, “You need to chat with his mom or something. This is way bigger than just annoying—it’s messing with your health.” That was my wake-up call. If anyone could get through to Mark, it would be his mom.

An upset senior woman | Source: Shutterstock

An upset senior woman | Source: Shutterstock

So, I called her up. It was tough, but I laid it all out—the nightly disruptions, my anxiety about food, and how tired I felt. She was super concerned and promised they’d help sort this out.

A senior woman on the phone | Source: Shutterstock

A senior woman on the phone | Source: Shutterstock

Mark’s parents said they were popping over the next weekend to see how things were with the baby stuff, but they had another plan—to tackle the night eating. His mom, Linda, took over the kitchen like a boss, whipping up some of my favorite dishes and packing them in containers labeled “For Mom-to-Be Only.” Meanwhile, Mark’s dad, Mike, installed lockboxes in our pantry and fridge.

Three containers filled with food | Source: Pexels

Three containers filled with food | Source: Pexels

“These are specially for you, and we’re making sure you have what you need,” Linda told me. Mike joked a bit as he handed me the keys, “Just a little reminder for our son to think before he eats.”

A set of keys | Source: Pexels

A set of keys | Source: Pexels

That night was the moment of truth. Mark hit the kitchen like usual but found himself locked out of the stash. The notes his mom left cracked him up but got the message across, like one saying, “Think of your pregnant wife—grab an apple instead!” He grabbed an apple and that was that.

A red apple | Source: Pexels

A red apple | Source: Pexels

The next morning, Linda decided it was time for a heart-to-heart. “We need to talk about these kitchen trips. They’re not just affecting you, but they’re hitting our daughter-in-law hard, and she needs her rest and nutrition,” she started. Mark looked pretty sheepish and finally got it. “I didn’t realize how serious this was. I see now how it could really mess with her health and our baby’s.”

A sheepish man covering his eyes | Source: Pexels

A sheepish man covering his eyes | Source: Pexels

After that talk, things around the house started to get better. Mark stuck to the new rules, and his trips to the kitchen were much more considerate. He even started helping out with meals more, which was a huge relief.

A man making pancakes | Source: Pexels

A man making pancakes | Source: Pexels

Our relationship really started to blossom again as we got closer to the due date. The whole ordeal with the nighttime snacking, though stressful, brought us closer together. We learned a lot about tackling issues head-on and supporting each other no matter what.

A man kissing his wife on the cheek | Source: Shutterstock

A man kissing his wife on the cheek | Source: Shutterstock

As we wait for our baby, we’re not just excited—we’re a stronger team now. The intervention solved the immediate problem and ended up enhancing our bond, ensuring we’re ready for parenting with love, humor, and yes, a few well-placed locks. Looking back, I’m just so thankful for how it all turned out. We’re ready for whatever comes next, knowing we can handle it together as a solid team.

A man resting his forehead against his pregnant wife's | Source: Shutterstock

A man resting his forehead against his pregnant wife’s | Source: Shutterstock

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