Sort of. Home juicing has been around forever, spiking in popularity here and there. Lately, it’s bigger than ever, for a variety of reasons. For one, the technology has improved. Juicing systems have become both more powerful and more convenient.
Is juicing safe for the new mom?
It’s probably not a great idea to go on a strict juice cleanse just after giving birth, for many reasons. First off, a cleanse is often a modified form of fasting. You need more calories than that to breastfeed, recover from the exertion of labor, heal from a C-section, rebuild nutrients given to the baby during pregnancy and to maintain the energy needed to withstand the sleep deprivation experienced during Baby’s first few months of life.
As a supplement, on the other hand, juicing can be very beneficial to the new mama — especially when it contains the pulp and fiber, a la one of the new bullet systems. Furthermore, there are certain ingredients that are of particular use to the postpartum woman.
Best postpartum juicing ingredients:
- Strawberries – for vitamin C and antioxidants.
- Lemon – vitamin C, anti-inflammatory, breast health, anti-nausea.
- Ginger – digestive health, eases muscle pain. lowers blood pressure.
- Kale – rich in nearly every vitamin and mineral, especially iron.
- Kiwi – vitamin C, wound and cut healing.
- Raspberries – antioxidants and natural immune boosting.
- Spinach – mental health, iron, vegetable source of protein.
- Watermelon – hydration, potassium, vitamin A.
- Pineapple – improved digestion, anti-inflammatory, vitamin C.
- Cucumbers – cooling, hydration, energy boost.
- Celery – strengthens joints and connective tissues, blood pressure health.
- Cherries – building blood, blood health, anti-inflammatory, vitamins A and C.
As you’re nursing and burping and washing bottles and attempting to “sleep when Baby sleeps,” you often have time for little more than a handful of trail mix as you cruise through the kitchen in a blur. Particularly when you use the easy-to-clean bullet style systems which retain ALL of the nutrients, a juice can be an easy boost to your depleted postpartum body.