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No. Unpasteurized juice may contain harmful bacteria from the raw fruits and vegetables used to make the juice. These bacteria can cause food poisoning (such as listeriosis and toxoplasmosis), which can be especially dangerous during pregnancy. Pasteurization kills these bacteria by heating the juice to a certain temperature for a certain amount of time.
Ninety-eight percent of the juice sold in the U.S. is pasteurized. Unpasteurized packaged juice must be labeled with a warning that says: "This product has not been pasteurized and therefore may contain harmful bacteria that can cause serious illness in children, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems."
You might find unlabeled fresh-squeezed juice, which may or may not have been pasteurized, at farmers' markets, health food stores, food co-ops, and smoothie bars. If you're not sure if it's been pasteurized, don't drink the juice unless you first bring it to a rolling boil for at least one minute to kill any harmful bacteria.
If you want to make fresh juice at home, you'll need to first wash the outside of all fruits and vegetables you use (even those with skins you won't be using) under running water. You may not be used to washing the outside of an orange or lemon, but bacteria on the peel can be transferred to the fruit when it's sliced. Cut away any damaged or bruised areas, since bacteria can thrive there.
If you wash your produce well before juicing it, you don't need to boil the juice.