by Kelly Amendola – creator/writer of the health + wellness blog, A Lovely Life.
Many of us drink our daily green and other cold-pressed juices and smoothies because we love how they make us feel. More vibrant, clear-headed, light and healthy. Overall, like we’re doing not only our body, but our mind and soul a big favor! You wouldn’t want anything to disrupt that, right?
That’s the inspiration for this post. For women who are pregnant or wanting to become pregnant, there’s been the question on the safety of drinking cold-pressed, raw, unpasteurized juices while pregnant. Not only is our health and wellness one of the best gifts we can give to our child, but by making our body, the baby’s first home, as alkaline and healthy as possible, we can give them a great start on life.
To get the facts, I did some research and talked to Maureen Boese, a Certified Health Coach and creator of Wild Ginger Wellness.
Here’s Juicing While Pregnant 101:
1. Great Source of Nutrients: Boese says, “I love juicing and would recommend it to anyone, pregnant or not, because of the powerful nutritional punch it packs. Juicing removes the bulk (i.e. fiber), which makes it easily and quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. This provides an immediate energy boost and direct delivery of nutrients to the body without having to wait for digestion. Also, for someone who is suffering from morning sickness during the 1st trimester, it’s likely much easier to stomach a glass of juice as opposed to eating a plateful of fibrous produce.” In the 1st trimester, it’s normal to not find straight green juice appealing. Sweeter juices might be preferred, like carrot juice with ginger. From Beaming, try the What’s Up Doc.
2. Know the Source: “If you are not making your own juice at home, get to know the origin of your juice before you put it into your body. Because the delivery of nutrients is so immediate, my top recommendation is to always, always use organic produce when juicing. During the first few months of pregnancy, your little one’s nervous system is developing and pesticides and insecticides found in conventionally grown foods can pose a great risk to you and your baby.” For your peace of mind and health, Beaming ONLY uses organic produce.
3. Let Food Be Thy Medicine: Boese also says, “Food is the safest and most available ‘drug’ for you and your developing baby. As with any medication, you want to proceed with caution. Stick to the basics – whole, fresh foods and juices.” A few fun ways food can work as medicine:
-Foods high in beta carotene like carrots & sweet potatoes help support your unborn baby’s immune system, vision & tissue development.
-Vitamin C-rich foods are essential for your baby’s teeth and bone growth.
-Potassium-rich foods like pears, papaya & bananas help control blood pressure during pregnancy.
-Ginger can help improve pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, gas and vomiting.
4. Staying Hydrated: According to Clinical Nutritionist and founder of Detox the World, Natalia Rose, “the keys to a healthy and radiant pregnancy in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters are eating as much hydrating foods as possible, juicing and Quick Exit combos.” Drink warm water with lemon to start the day because on an empty stomach it can go right into the cells. From Beaming, try the Julius Beam or Cool Cucumber smoothie, the Alkalizer Elixir or Elevate juice.
5. Keep it Flowing: Rose also says, “Constipation is one of the most common events in the body during pregnancy because the growing womb is pushing against the digestive organs making food combining very important. Constipation not only creates discomfort for you, but also creates blockages that make it difficult for your body to deliver nutrients and other substances that are of use to the baby. You need to keep things moving, and the best way to do that is to make sure you’re eating hydrating foods in quick-exit combinations and that you’re getting plenty of vegetable juices.”
6. Drink + Eat Oils: “Your baby’s brain development is at its peak in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters, making oils very important to consume daily as they are key for healthy brain growth”, says Rose. Try Lisa’s Daily Lean + Green with its hemp seeds and avocado. Flax oil can also be added to any of the smoothies.
7. While pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s NOT the time to do a cleanse: In general, Beaming is not an advocate of juice-only cleanses, but a believer in nourishing super food cleanses. These consist of juices, smoothies and raw and plant-based foods. However, during pregnancy and breastfeeding, it’s not a good time to have any sort of restrictive diet. Your body and baby need the extra calories and nutrients to grow and thrive properly. It’s advised to listen to your body and eat what feels best to you.
If they say pregnancy alone makes your skin glowing, can you imagine what drinking organic green and fruit juices while pregnant will do for your skin? I hope you enjoy this info and find it helpful for a beaming, radiant, confident and mindful pregnancy!