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KRISTEN WALKER

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To Juice Or Not To Juice, A Pregnant Woman's Dilemma

June 13, 2016

When I became pregnant, I was both excited and terrified that I had to go the next 9 months without my precious wine. Some people have no problem at all letting go of the vino, but living in Northern California, wine is like the cup of milk you have every night before bed - it's a NECESSITY. Not only does it taste amazing (we have some of the best wine in the world here), but it makes every experience that much better.

When I threw my first hissy fit that I couldn't drink wine, I thought for sure I might be an alcoholic. Who gets pregnant and actually cries (like literally, sob) over the fact that they can't enjoy wine? Or fantasize all the time about sitting outside on a beautiful day, looking at the Bay Area's beauty with a nice, cool glass of rosé? It truly was devastating. It took a good long while, but I was finally able to accept life without wine, knowing that it was just a matter of weeks before I could truly enjoy a good, full glass.

But, I did have something to ease the cold-turkey phase - juice. I never was really a juice person - never did I ever have orange juice in my fridge, or buy those organic juices from the store. Until I got pregnant. But then I read "no unpasteurized juices for preggo peeps", and I thought "well, how many juices are unpasteurized?" And the answer was nowadays with the whole juice craze: A LOT. Sh*t! Sh*t! Sh*t! Wasn't there ANYTHING I could have?

So I started on my quest to find juices that I could drink and enjoy. At first I started with some Naked-brand smoothies - which were way too thick and heavy for just a casual juice drink. I then tried the order-only Bundle Juices, which were OK in taste, but inconvenient since I had to order them.

I then found Suja juices, which said they used "Cold-Pressured" or "High Pressure Processing" (HPP). I started searching online to see if HPP was the same as pasteurizing juice, and I could hardly find anything out there online that gave me a clear definition of the process and if it was safe or not to drink HPPd juices during pregnancy. But I finally stumbled upon this article. YAY! Lifesaver! Suja co-founder Annie Lawless states in the article that "HPP allows us to be safe for pregnant women and the elderly, but doesn't affect the nutritional value." Bingo. I had my juice. And it wasn't a smoothie, it was a nice, clean, refreshing-tasting juice. Oh the world of possibilities. 

So here is a quick list of juices that the article says use HPP, and therefore should be safe to consume while pregnant:

Here's to enjoying juice during pregnancy (until you're allowed to drink the juice of the gods). :)

 

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