10 Amazing Benefits Of Carrot And Its Juices During Pregnancy

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Carrots are a rich source of beta-carotene (antioxidant), vitamins, and calcium (1). Consuming carrot juice during pregnancy can protect you and your baby from various illnesses by boosting your immunity (2).

During pregnancy, you may not be able to enjoy some beverages that you used to. So carrots can provide you with energy and freshness while quenching your thirst. This nutrient-rich vegetable can help you through the journey of a healthy pregnancy and aid in the overall development of the fetus (3).

This post will tell you everything you need to know about carrots and their benefits for pregnant women, including their side effects.

Benefits Of Carrot Juice During Pregnancy

Carrot is known to be one of the most versatile of all vegetables because of its nutritive value, which is highly suitable to be taken as juice as well. While it surely tastes good, its cleansing effect in your body offers plenty of health benefits in pregnancy as well.

Here is the list of benefits of eating carrot during pregnancy:

  1. Carrots help cleanse your liver and prevent liver diseases such as jaundice (4).
  2. Carrot helps in boosting your immunity (2).
  3. Carrots help regulate blood sugar levels and reduce risks of diabetes (5).
  4. They aid in the development of the baby’s heart and eyes (6).
  5. These are rich in vitamin C and A and fiber, which are needed in high amounts in pregnancy (1).
  6. Carrot juice is rich in beta-carotene, which acts as an antioxidant and protects you against free radicals (1).
  7. Vitamin A in carrot juices helps fight against infections. Vitamin A moreover adds quality to your breast milk. Mothers, who are breastfeeding, must make it a point to add nutrient-packed carrots to their daily diet.
  8. The vitamin A in carrots helps fight against infections. Moreover, vitamin A improves the quality of your breast milk. Hence, breastfeeding mothers should add nutrient-packed carrots to their daily diet (1) (7).
  9. Phytochemicals contained in juices promote proper functioning of the body. These are considered important vitamins that must be added in your daily pregnancy diet (8).
  10. Drinking carrot juice or soup in the last few months of pregnancy is known to reduce the chances of jaundice in your baby.

Interesting Consumption Tips

Carrots are delicious. Keeping in mind some simple tips will ensure all vital nutrients are retained. Here is what you should know:

  • Carrots that are less than 6 inches are sweet. Look for the shorter variants if you prefer the sweet taste; otherwise, opt for the longer ones.
  • The vital nutrients remain concentrated under the skin, so try to take it with the skin. You can use a hard brush to clean it properly.
  • Carrots are mild root vegetables that can easily be mixed with other ingredients.

Risks Of Carrots Or Carrot Juices In Pregnancy

While carrots in raw form or juice are nutritious no doubt, excessive consumption can lead to certain complications in pregnancy as well. Here is why you should be careful:

  • Carrots contain carotene, which is a provitamin A that gets converted in your body only when the need arises (9).
  • It is not possible for you to get high amounts of vitamin A by taking carotene, as your body regulates the conversion of carotene to vitamin A. (9).
  • Too much indigestion of carotene leads to carotenemia, which eventually turns the skin yellow. (10).
  • B-carotene is also known to cause cancer.

Consult your doctor about the amount of daily consumption of carrot or carrot juice during pregnancy. They will help you decide if carrots are safe for your pregnancy. Put to rest all your worries and enjoy a healthy diet.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I eat raw carrots while pregnant?

Yes, raw carrots are an essential source of vitamin A and are recommended during pregnancy. Ensure you thoroughly wash the carrots before consuming them (11).

2. How many carrots are safe to eat while pregnant?

You may have one cup of raw or cooked carrots daily during pregnancy and keep alternating between different recommended vegetables of the same portion size three times a day (12).

3. Can eating carrots during pregnancy help improve my baby’s eyesight?

There is no evidence that carrots improve eyesight. However, they may help maintain a healthy vision (13).

Drinking carrot juice during pregnancy may be a good practice because these vegetables are loaded with nutrients such as vitamins and beta-carotene. These nutrients help boost your immunity, cleanse your liver, aid better fetal development, and in several other ways. Since carrots have a mild taste, you can also mix them with other ingredients to create different recipes. However, ensure not to consume carrot juice in excess as it may lead to carotene indigestion that can turn your skin yellow. So, if you plan to introduce carrot juice during pregnancy, consult your doctor for the right amount suitable for consumption.

References:

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  1. Carrots, raw
    https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170393/nutrients
  2. Foods To Boost The Immune System
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  3. Nutrition During Pregnancy
    https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/nutrition-during-pregnancy
  4. What Foods Cleanse Your Liver?
    https://www.fishertitus.org/healthy-living/healthy-living-blog/2018/what-foods-cleanse-your-liver/
  5. Could Carrots Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?
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  6. Pregnant or Breastfeeding? Nutrients You Need
    https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/moms-nutrients.html
  7. Facts for Feeding
    https://rehydrate.org/breastfeed/facts-breastmilk.htm
  8. For the Health Benefits of Phytochemicals, “Eat a Rainbow”
    https://www.roswellpark.org/cancertalk/201912/health-benefits-phytochemicals-eat-rainbow
  9. The Nutrition Source
    https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/vitamin-a/
  10. Can Eating Too Many Carrots Turn Your Skin Orange?
    https://health.clevelandclinic.org/can-eating-too-many-carrots-turn-your-skin-orange/
  11. Nutrition for you and your baby
    https://www.wm.edu/as/programs/healthy_beginnings/files/healthy_beginnings_originals/nutrition_booklet_updated
  12. Eat right for you and baby too
    https://www.mobapbaby.org/Pregnancy-Guide/Ensuring-a-Healthy-Pregnancy/Nutrition/Eat-Right
  13. Old wive’s tales
    https://www.hopkinsallchildrens.org/Patients-Families/Health-Library/HealthDocNew/Old-Wives-Tales

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Sadiya Qamar

Sadiya is a writer and editor with a passion for writing about parenthood and children. Her focus areas are health, wellness, and beauty. For MomJunction, she writes on kids’ health and nutrition.  Sadiya believes in doing in-depth research and providing accurate information to help parents with concerns on their children’s growth and development.

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Shivani Sikri is the chief nutritionist and co-founder of Nutri4Verve. After completing her Masters, Shivani Sikri did a postgraduate in nutrition and health education, a postgraduate diploma in public health and nutrition (PGDPHN), and a postgraduate diploma in nutrition and clinical dietetics. She has also completed her certification in Nutrigenomics from the US.   Shivani recommends a well-balanced, holistic lifestyle... more