The old saying “eating for two” doesn’t, of course, mean pregnant women have to eat double the amount they did pre-pregnancy. But getting all the right vitamins and minerals is certainly important, and sometimes the easiest and tastiest way to make it happen is through juices. If you have a juicer, all the goodness you need is easily accessible to you! Here is my top five of tasty juices that will boost your vitamin and mineral intake quickly.
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Vitamin A Booster
Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays an important role in embryonic growth. Your growing baby needs it for her heart, lungs, kidneys, eyes and bones. For an instant vitamin A boost, put three large carrots and apples into your juicer and add alfafa, kale, spinach and parsley to your juice. You can experiment with the amounts of greens you like in your juice, though larger amounts bring you more vitamin A.
Morning Sickness Juice
Morning sickness is both one of the most universal and unpleasant pregnancy signs . Because there is a large connection between low blood sugar levels and pregnancy nausea, bananas, which slowly release energy, are a good option for pregnant women who are suffering from this. Blend a couple of bananas, and add the puree to freshly made apple or orange juice. Add a small lump of fresh ginger and a few peppermint leaves. These both help reduce nausea.
Women who are contemplating how to get pregnant all know about the importance of folic acid to prevent neural tube defects like spina bifida. Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate, which is what naturally occurs in foods. For a folate-rich juice, juice three large oranges and add raw spinach, some papaya, and blend in a banana. Avocado, which is also rich in folate, can be blended into a smoothie as well.
Best of Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps your body absorb iron, which is important when you are expecting a baby. It is also needed for collagen production and some animal studies suggest that vitamin C deficiencies during pregnancy pregnancy could harm brain development. Besides, who doesn’t love citrus fruits? A classic mix is orange, grapefruit and kiwi fruit. You can also add strawberries, which are rich in vitamin C as well, to make the juice sweeter.
Make it Run Smoothly!
Are you suffering from pregnancy constipation? You are certainly not alone! Along with fibre-rich foods and plenty of water to keep you hydrated, a juice made of apples, pears and raspberries helps expectant moms prevent and cure constipation. (Don’t forget prune juice, it’s also great for constipation.) This juice is not only good for a smoothly-running digestive system, it also tastes absolutely wonderful.
Olivia blogs about fertility, pregnancy and babies at Trying To Conceive.