This is a question that we get asked a lot and I guess from having a baby in recent years myself, I can see why!
During pregnancy you might not be feeling your best, you may be feeling lethargic, sluggish, bloated, even fat?! So you might look to Juice Cleansing as a way to help you feel fabulous. There are several reasons why doing a juice cleanse is not a good idea while you are pregnant.
Why you shouldn’t juice cleanse while pregnant or breastfeeding
Firstly, I would ask you to consider the energy of cleansing – it is ultimately about elimination. This is not the energy that we are wanting to harness while we are growing or nourishing a precious life.
Second, when we are cleansing, toxins are released into the bloodstream for elimination, putting extra stress on our bodies, also not ideal when we are pregnant.
And finally, we need energy to sustain ourselves, the changes that are occurring in our body, and the new life that is growing, so diets that include low calories are not recommended.
When you have your little angel and are breastfeeding, you may be feeling tired (or rather, exhausted), sluggish and be hoping to shed some of that baby weight. But again, while you are breastfeeding, it is also not recommended to cleanse – mostly because of it not being ideal to have the toxin release and extra stress on your body, and you really need the extra calories and energy when you are feeding a little one. It is such a short and special time to be sharing with your baby, don’t feel like you need to rush into anything – juice cleansing will be there for you when you (and bub) are ready!
Can I still drink cold pressed juice when pregnant?
Absolutely, in fact, it would be an excellent way to get some big doses of organic nutrient dense goodness to you and bub. There are some truly wonderful benefits to include organic, cold pressed juice in your diet when you are pregnant and breastfeeding.
How to include Juice in your diet for optimum health while you are pregnant or breastfeeding
Fruit and Vegetable juices can be a wonderful way to get high density, easily absorbed nutrition into your body FAST (which is good when you are feeling less than 100% and have limited time!).
When you are choosing your juice please remember:
- Fresh is best – make sure your juice is fresh and hasn’t undergone any processing to extend it’s shelf life (the juice should expire within 3-4 days if it is truly fresh)
- Make sure it doesn’t include any sugar, additives, preservatives, or numbers!
- Check the juice is made from fresh produce, not reconstituted
- Go for Organic! The less toxins you and your bub are exposed to the better!
- Make sure your juice includes lots of veggies as well as fruit (be especially cautious if you have or are concerned about gestational diabetes)
I found it very reassuring to know I was getting an abundance of nutrition from our fresh cold pressed organic juices for me and my baby while I was pregnant and now breastfeeding – especially when it is difficult to find the time to look after yourself properly when baby comes!
If you don’t have time to juice for yourself, we home-deliver juice packs to your door. Our juice packs are the perfect way to top up your regular diet with some extra nutrients.