Can you Drink Kombucha while Pregnant?

If you really love Kombucha, you may wonder if it’s safe to drink when you’re pregnant. Drinking Kombucha while pregnant isn’t a cut and dry issue. Let’s first talk about what Kombucha is.

In case you’re not familiar with the drink, Kombucha is a fizzy and slightly sour beverage made from green or black tea, sugar, and a thick cloudy mass called a “SCOBY” — a special mix of bacteria and yeast. Kombucha has a similar effervescent sweetness to carbonated soft drinks, but without the unhealthy sugar—instead, it’s packed with antioxidants and probiotics that work to invigorate and revitalize several vital bodily functions.

The list of health benefits from drinking kombucha seems endless, so why is it on some of the “Food and Drinks to Avoid While Pregnant” lists? 

For Two Reasons: Alcohol and Caffeine

  • Contains caffeine: Because kombucha is brewed with green or black tea, it does contain some caffeine.
  • Contains alcohol: Kombucha possesses a trace amount of alcohol, as this is a natural by-product of the fermentation process. Alcohol could potentially compromise the health of your growing baby.

While there is some truth to the concerns above, let’s take a look at them a little closer:

  • Limited Amount of Caffeine Is Okay: Experts claim that consuming moderate amounts of caffeine has not been shown to cause any negative effects during pregnancy. Most providers will recommend limiting your caffeine intake to 200 milligrams a day, which is about one 12-ounce cup of coffee .
  • Alcohol Levels Are Minuscule: While some brands of Kombucha are considered an alcoholic beverage, most commercial products are under 0.5 percent and are considered non-alcoholic. The amount of alcohol in these brands is similar to what you’d find in ripening fruits or unpasteurized juice. If you home-brew using your very own brewing kit, you’ll have more control over the alcohol content.

The Bottom Line

Drinking Kombucha while pregnant may be perfectly safe, with a few things considered, but this is your pregnancy. Ultimately if you have any concerns before you make any decision, you should discuss this with your doctor. If you do choose to refrain from drinking Kombucha until after your delivery, Kombucha will be waiting for you. In the meantime, congratulations on your new addition and a huge applause to you for being such an amazing mother!

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