Juicing is a great way of obtaining the nutrients you may be missing by not consuming enough fruits & vegetables or because of modern food production which can deplete vegetables of their valuable nutrients.
These nutrients, we all know are vital during pregnancy! Your body needs vital nutrients to keep up with your developing fetus.
You may not want to engage in a juice fast whilst pregnant but you can supplement your regular diet with fresh juice to get extra antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
It is recommended that pregnant women choose pasteurized juices, although they may not contain the nutrients and enzymes of freshly squeezed juice. Or take very special care by selecting organically grown produce and thoroughly rinsing and peeling fruits and vegetables to minimize the risk of bacterial infection.
Balance is important so if you are pregnant it will be a good idea to speak with your doctor before you begin juicing. And please be aware that there are some foods that should be avoided during pregnancy (see
The healthier you are going into pregnancy, the better off you will be during your pregnancy and after the birth so preparing your body before conception by eating healthily and exercising regularly would be the ideal. Adding a juicing regime may be very helpful at this time.
“Juicing is a treasure for every woman and man who is preparing for conception and pregnancy” Many women experience morning sickness, severe exhaustion, and increased hunger during the first trimester, the second trimester is often more enjoyable with less morning sickness, more energy and the beginning of the baby’s movement.
By the third trimester as your due date approaches, you may feel more discomfort, especially in the final month.
Foods to Avoid
There are many foods that doctors recommend pregnant women to avoid mainly because pregnancy changes your body and your immune system in many ways. You are more vulnerable to food-borne illnesses, these pathogens could harm you and/or your fetus.
foods that should be avoided during pregnancy
According to (CDC) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – there is no safe quantity of alcohol for pregnant women.
Alcohol is a substance that crosses the blood-brain barrier as well as through the placenta. This means that by drinking alcohol, your baby is drinking alcohol too and the result could be fetal alcohol spectrum disorders FASDs.
The harm caused to your baby’s development by FASDs is irreversible so it is advisable to avoid alcohol entirely until after the baby is born and you have finished breastfeeding.
What to Juice
Juice a variety of colored fruits and vegetables, here are a few hints below:
Cucumbers have a diuretic effect and can help prevent swelling.
Kale contains folate which is important in preventing birth defects like spina bifida.
Spinach also has high levels of iron and folate as well as vitamins A, C and E. It promotes bone health and is anti-inflammatory
Fresh ginger root can help to control nausea, it also contains several antioxidants that are effective at treating colds and sore throats. Ginger is a good source of vitamin C and iron, it also helps increase blood circulation and reduces cholesterol.
Apples are packed with nutrients to help a growing fetus, including fiber, vitamins A & C and potassium.
One study found that eating apples while pregnant may reduce the likelihood of your baby developing asthma and allergies over time.
Oranges contain high levels of folate and vitamin C, calcium, thiamin, and vitamin A.
There are certain juices which may prevent certain medical drugs from working, so please, please make sure you ask your doctor first before starting natural juice therapy!