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Why Should You Avoid Kombucha When Pregnant?

Jenna Kluempke

Kombucha tea boasts great health benefits for people of all ages, but recently it has been flagged as potentially harmful for breastfeeding and pregnant mothers.

by / Views 124 / May 3, 2016

Ever wonder why everyone is buzzing about the benefits of the wonder tea that is Kombucha?

This slightly fermented tea has benefits of increased immunity, extra bursts of energy, and improved digestion. Great, right? But the probiotic-filled drink health hit is now being shown as potentially harmful for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Despite the fact that there haven’t been any large studies on the subject, there have been many strong correlations made among pregnant mothers who have consumed this “all beneficial” drink and had health issues with their children.

One mother, who found herself somewhat addicted to Kombucha, started to notice that her 3-month-old daughter was having terrible bouts of constipation and became extra irritable. She had a hard time pin-pointing what this sudden change came from, but was finally able to narrow down the only change in her diet and lifestyle: Kombucha. Once she eliminated this from her diet, her daughter’s irritability and constipation subsided, and has yet to return.

Another reason mothers-to-be should steer clear? Kombucha also contains a small amount of alcohol. The FDA does not require a label for alcohol if the product contains 0.5% alcohol or less, so there is no such warning label on Kombucha. This can be alarming for many pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. According to Dr. Thomas Hale’s Medications and Mother’s Milk: 14th Edition, Kombucha tea is considered “L5,” or contraindicated, which is the highest risk for breastfeeding mothers.

With many mothers and soon-to-be mothers out there – and an end to the craze over this drink nowhere in sight – it should be brought to everyone’s attention. There have been multiple cases of mothers reporting health-related issues with their child while having consumed Kombucha, yet no large scale study on the effects while pregnant or breastfeeding.

Learn more about what drinks to avoid during pregnancy here.

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