A Variety of Useful Fresh Squeezed Juices During Pregnancy
Freshly squeezed juice are very appetizing and tasty beverages. As it is well known, they contain a lot of vitamins and minerals, highly required by our bodies. But needless to say that it is vital to know if they are safe for pregnant women. Let’s find this out.
On the one hand, juices are great. Vitamins and minerals, organic acids and pectin, ferments and essential oils are all very healthy for your organism.
Pros and cons
Fruit juice is rich in fructose that supplies your organism with additional calories and sugar. It is good for flagging energy levels during the third trimester, but be warned: 220 grams of natural juice with no sugar added can have about 6 teaspoons of sugar.
On the other hand, it’s not safe to drink most unpasteurized juices during pregnancy. Unpasteurized juice and milk may well contain bacteria that cause listeriosis and toxoplasmosis, which are deadly dangerous for developing neurological system of your baby.
After all, a pregnant woman’s immune system is in stress, so she is even more susceptible for food-borne illnesses than usual people. Besides, freshly squeezed juices during pregnancy, unless diluted, can put stress on digestive organs, which is also detrimental.
Types of juices
Now when you have an idea of advantages and disadvantages from drinking fresh juices during pregnancy – let’s discuss each juice separately.
This one is a good remedy to treat constipations or quick weight gain. Moreover, anemia which pregnant women often suffer from can be cured by beet juice.
In addition, the juice purifies blood, lowers blood pressure and normalizes liver functioning. Beet juice can only be drunk if settled two hours in a fridge after making.
To make this juice, at the start you should wash the roots, removing all dirt from their surface, then cut them into quarters and put them into a juicer one at a time. If you have no juicer, you may need a blender.
After cleaning, peel the beets, chop them as finely as possible and add them to the blender along with ¼ cup of water. Blend well. After that strain the juice through a piece of cheese cloth to get rid of the pulp and any large pieces of vegetables.
It is one of the healthiest. The carrot is the champion in carotene content among all veggies.
Carrot is rich in salts of potassium, calcium, sodium, iodine, iron, phosphorus and magnesium as well as vitamins A and E. It has a good impact on skin, hair, nails and teeth, which often deteriorates during pregnancy.
Also carrot juice increases metabolism and normalizes immune system and good for the eyesight of your baby. In order to make carrot juice, you should clean the veggies, chop them, then toss them into a blender, puree and mix with hot water.
After then take your time, let the mixture steep for about 15-30 minutes and at last remover the pulp with a hand strainer. Of course, if you own a juicer, the process is much easier. You should only chop the carrot, feed them into a juicer and here we go.
Keep it in mind that you may squeeze more juice of a carrot than you expect, so select juice receptacle wisely. By the way, you should vknow that carrot juice goes well in mixture with orange juice, though it is completely optional.
Now let’s speak about the beneficial peculiarities of drinking fresh orange juice in pregnancy. It is the fact, that it is loaded with nutrients and can naturally protect you against flu and cold.
Furthermore, it provides an organism with vitamin C and potassium and boosts immune system. Yet consumption of this fruit should be cut off in case if you suffer from morning sickness or vomiting.
In order to juice an orange, firstly poke one with a fork (not all the way through) and warm it up to room temperature in a microwave unless they are already warm enough. Prepare the orange on high for 20-30 seconds.
Then roll it on a solid surface by a palm of your hand until its flesh softens. After that cut the fruit crosswise in two halves and put one half in a juicer. Push the half and twist it until the juice spurts out.
The juice can also be removed by squeezing the orange by hand. Remove seeds from the juicer. Some of the pulp from the juicer can be removed and added to the finished product if desired. If you need pulp-free juice, strain juice to separate any pulp that may have got into the juice.
Is a great in fighting weight gain, which occurs during pregnancy and after. It will support development and growth of the baby’s brain. It is also a great source of iron.
In order to make apple juice, firstly you should cut the apples. If some of them turn out to be bad, discard them or at least cut out blemished or bruised parts.
Then place all the apples into a kettle or a stock pot and add water. Cover the kettle and simmer on medium high until the apples break down and become soft.
From time to time uncover the kettle and squish the apples with a potato masher. Put apple mash into a sieve placed over a big bowl.
Knead the mash with a spatula to get as much juice as you can, or pass it through a food mill instead. Filter the juice to make the product clearer.
The juice can be filtered with a fine mesh colander with a few coffee filters mounted inside. So the juice was not that sour, you can add some sugar.
Strawberry juice has soluble fiber, which normalizes the work of your heart. Also it contains folate which is prerequisite for both a child and a mom-to-be during pregnancy.
Just add the berries in a blender and blend it, then strain the resulting matter unless you like seeds floating in your juice. This is not the most popular fresh juice but it definetely underestimated one. So, believe it or not, but try strawberry juice once and you will like it.
It has tons of potassium and calcium. It reduces risks of anemia and can serve as a natural way to prevent the formation of kidney stones.
Besides that, peach juice can help to prevent any other health problems during pregnancy, e.g. blood related problems, indigestion or constipation. In order to sueeze juice out of peaches, cut the fruits in halves, drop the flesh into a blender, blend it until the matter is liquefied.
This one contains different healthy nutrients: protein, carbohydrate, vitamins and fiber. Among minerals, zinc, folate and calcium in this sour fruit.
Furthermore, lemon juices can remedy nausea naturally. Just like with orange juice, consumption of lemon juices should be cut off if you suffer from morning sickness or vomiting. The process of making lemon is quite the same as making orange juice. After all, they are both citruses.
Although it is not a juice, coconut water is extremely healthy fruit-based beverage for moms-to-be. It fights dehydration and can help to get fid of exhaustion by giving some natural energy.
It can keep your blood pressure within norm, prevent or even treat constipation, acidity, and cure migraines. To make juice of grapes, pick individual grapes away from a stem, discard green and old shivered ones, put good ones in a bowl and then mash them with a potato masher 4 lbs at a time.
After that simmer the mesh in a stockpot for about 10 minutes. Every now and again stir them so they didn’t stick to the bottom. After that, filter the mesh by a sieve or cheesecloth.
Ladle grape mixture over fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth to strain. Let sit for several hours in a fridge to strain completely. In the end strain the juice for the last time to filter out sediment.
This short video will demonstrate a variety of other fresh juices that can be used during pregnancy:
A recommendation for all fruit juices is to drink all them 1 hour before and/or 2 hours after a meal. Vegetable juice should be drunk 15-25 minutes before food ingestion; in addition to that, beet juice should be settled for at least two hours in cold environment.
Bruises or damaged areas should be cut off, then the fruit should be peeled, the peeled flesh should be rinsed with water. However, as it was mentioned above, freshly squeezed juices are generally not really good for pregnant women, so as far as possible they should be replaced with pasteurized juices (habitual boxed juices), despite of the fact that they contain less vitamins, microelements etc.
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