Pregnancy is an exciting time! It is a wonderful opportunity to rethink about how you are taking care of your body and the impacts you are having on your baby. Juicing is always a efficient way to get the essential nutrients to your body, which is why it is also a great way to get nutrients to your baby! My husband would often remind me of the airline warning “In an emergency, please put on your air mask before helping others.”
Along with the delightful glow, pregnancy can bring along some unpleasant situations and health issues. What comes to most people’s minds is nausea or morning sickness. Nibbling on crackers can help, but it doesn’t bring much nutrition. Consider starting your day with a hot ginger tea (see below) or sipping on a juice with ginger in it. Any type of juice you choose will have a bit of substance to keep the stomach acids at bay, while providing hydration that could be lost during vomiting. Adding some protein to your drink will also slow your body’s absorption rate and help blood sugar levels even. Protein from milk, nut milks or protein powders* are easy additions to your juice or smoothie.
Energy levels are also difficult to keep up during pregnancy. Instead of reaching for a high sugar snack, try adding a spoonful of spirulina powder to give your drink a boost of vitamins and minerals including: vitamins A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B9 (folic acid), C, D, and E, potassium, calcium, and chlorophyll.
Water retention, constipation and headaches are also typical culprits of pregnancy. Drinking water is the best choice for all of these, but juicing fruits and vegetables can also deliver hydrating drinks to your body to help. For all three of these issues, choose low sugar, high fiber juices that help flush your body and keep blood sugar levels steady.
Diabetes is especially dangerous for pregnant women, so cautious about the sugar in fruits if this is a concern for you.
Hot Ginger Tea
Grate approximately 1 inch of fresh ginger root into a mug
Add hot water & steep for a minimum of 5 minutes
Apple Carrot Ginger with Spirulina
1/2 inch ginger root
1 teaspoon spirulina* (stir powder into the juice to mix)