Thursday, May 23, 2013

Pregnancy Juice!

You find out you are pregnant... then what?  Do you stop juicing?  Do you change your life completely... how are you going to keep up with your health?

All good questions!  The answer is simple... if it is good for you and does not pose risk to pregnancy (in general) then it is good for baby.

It is VERY important to note that if you have been juice fasting or have been drinking mainly juice and little solids... it is time to change that and start introducing healthy, solid foods in conjunction with juice. Your body and your baby need the nutrients and health benefits found within whole foods.  It is still a good idea to stick with mostly fresh vegetables and fruits, however it may be time to start introducing additional food high in fiber, fatty acids, folic acid and all additional calories.

Your body is ramping up to support life!

With that said, here are some good suggestions for juicing in the first stages of pregnancy:

  • Keep parsley to a minimum: parsley is known to affect contractions when taken in high dosages.  So keep it to a sprig or two a few times per week or less.
  • Ginger - Ginger - Ginger: I can't say enough good things about this root.  It not only settles a stomach but improves the integrity of the entire digestive system while invigorating the body... for a little added energy!
  • Citrus: this will keep your energy up, your spirits up and will ensure your immune system is on the "up and up."
  • Cucumber: a fantastic hydrating and anti-bloating veggie.  
  • Apples: natural, slow-burning sugars... lots of fiber and good, cleansing properties.  Plus they are yummy!
  • Juice 2-3 times per day!
Try this for a refreshing first trimester juice recipe:
1 small knob of ginger
1 lemon
1 orange
1 green apple
1/4 cucumber
Handful of spinach

Happy Prego-Juicing! 

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