There seems to be a large debate brewing on the internet, as to whether or not drinking spinach juice is healthy for expecting moms. The answer is overwhelmingly yes, spinach juice in fact is highly recommended by almost all doctors and nutritionists that specialize in prenatal development care. Obviously you will want to consult with your doctor before consuming it, just to be on the safe side, however it would be rare that a pregnancy specialist would advise against it. Spinach juice is one of the healthiest things that an expecting mother can drink, with possibly the exception of wheatgrass juice. Fresh raw homemade spinach juice contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, vitamin B2, vitamin E, magnesium, iron, folate, calcium, manganese, folic acid, zinc, copper, niacin, protein, potassium, selenium, and many other essential vitamins and minerals that will help keep you and your baby healthy throughout the duration of the pregnancy.
The one major concern that any expecting mother should have regarding spinach juice, or any other type of raw homemade juice, is the risk of contamination. As you know, spinach grows very close to the soil, and is quite susceptible to fertilizer based pesticides, as well as bacteria. Some of these bacteria can be deadly, such as salmonella and E. coli. How you can avoid coming into contact with these harmful bacteria and pesticides, is to only buy and juice organic locally grown spinach. In fact I would recommend that you buy it from a local farmers market, where you can ask the actual farmer how the produce was grown, just to make sure the food is safe. The last and best step you can take to making sure that your spinach is not contaminated, is to grow it yourself. Growing spinach is quite easy, as the plant is very low maintenance. Obviously gardening is something that can be done easily in the early to middle stages of pregnancy.
As we all know, many expecting mothers are prone to gas, nausea, diarrhea, and upset stomachs. With this in mind, it is advisable that you start out drinking small portions of spinach juice only, especially if you are not used to drinking it. Spinach juice has been known to cause gas on occasion in people, so if you are suffering from it, then you might consider only drinking small amounts of the juice. With regard to nausea, spinach juice often has a taste and flavor that some people don't like, which if you're already nauseous, is just going to exacerbate the grassy flavor. What you should consider doing in this case, is to juice spinach with other sweeter, tastier fruits and vegetables. Just about any fruits and vegetables can be juiced with spinach, such as strawberries, blueberries, oranges, carrots, beets, tomatoes, broccoli, peaches, grapes, coconut water, pears, pineapple, kiwi, mango, papaya, figs, celery, lettuce, and many others.
Another thing to be careful of when drinking spinach juice, is that you don't have an allergy to spinach. Allergies during pregnancy can be quite dangerous, so if you think you might have an allergy towards spinach, then it would probably be best to avoid eating or juicing it. If you aren't sure about it, then you can always consult with a doctor, who can run a series of fairly painless tests, which will confirm conclusively whether or not you are allergic. Spinach based allergies are very rare, so it's not something that you should be overly concerned with. Symptoms of a spinach allergy might include dry itchy skin, a rash, watery or bloodshot eyes, hives, nausea, severe gas or diarrhea, and many others. If you experience these symptoms while drinking the juice, that might indicate that you have an allergy to it, so stop drinking it immediately. If the allergy symptoms are severe, then you should consult with your doctor or physician immediately.