Can You Drink Kombucha Tea While Pregnant?
Are you pregnant and interested in kombucha? If so then you are probably wondering if it is safe to drink it while carrying.
As with many other things related to pregnancy, there is a lot of conflicting info out there about whether or not you should drink kombucha while pregnant!
Because pregnancy is such an important time in terms of health, most kombucha experts refrain from out and out directives when it comes to the safety of kombucha drinking for mothers who are expecting. In addition, all women are different, and what agrees with some might not agree with others.
We have checked out reports from some kombucha queens out there who are also mothers, and this is our summary of what they have to say on the topic of drinking kombucha while pregnant.
Drinking Kombucha While Pregnant – Pros and Cons
As with other kombucha related health topics (such as Candida!) there are fors and againsts, and of these what apply to some women might not apply to others.
Cons for Drinking Kombucha While Pregnant
There are not that many cons when it comes to drinking kombucha while pregnant, but the mains one are worth consideration.
Kombucha Contains Trace Amounts of Alcohol
Like many other products of fermentation, kombucha contains alcohol. While the alcohol levels within kombucha are usually low enough to be considered trace amounts, these quantities can rise given the right conditions.
If you are making your own kombucha, then you might want to check out our post How to Reduce Alcohol Content in Kombucha.
If you are buying kombucha, then a good high quality brand to go with is GT’s kombucha as the alcohol levels are regulated.
Kombucha is a Natural Detoxifier
But this is great right? Yes, of course detoxification is great, and it naturally occurs at some level each night while we sleep. Kombucha is one of the tonics which can act as an aid to supercharge this process.
Here’s the catch though. If you happen to have a high build up of toxins in your organs and tissue, and you dose up on a detox booster like kombucha, this can cause your body to release larger than normal quantities for excretion. This is a good thing (bar any headaches or other detox related discomforts). However if one is pregnant, a heavy detox is probably not desirable.
Kombucha Contains Varying Levels of Caffeine
The caffeine levels in kombucha are generally pretty low as the microbes within the SCOBY use a lot of the original caffeine from the tea as their own energy source.
Pros for Drinking Kombucha While Pregnant
Although there is a general online atmosphere that drinking kombucha while pregnant is dangerous, many of kombucha’s health benefits are exactly suited to some pregnant women’s needs.
Kombucha is a Digestive Aid
This is probably the biggest benefit which kombucha can offer to pregnant woman. Because of it probiotic makeup, kombucha assists the optimum functioning of the digestive system on all levels. This has special significance when one is pregnant because the body needs as much nutrition as possible to grow the fetus.
The digestive aid function of kombucha can assist in the following areas:
- Heightened nutrient absorption
As mentioned above, this is a really great aspect of kombucha drinking during pregnancy. By ensuring good nutrient absorption, one can prevent one’s mineral reserves being depleted to go towards the growth of the fetus.
- Relief from constipation
Pregnant women often complain of varying degrees of constipation. Kombucha is an effective regulator for this.
- Can counteract heartburn
During pregnancy the esophagus relaxes, which can lead to an increase in heartburn episodes. Drinking kombucha can act as an almost instant fix for this.
Kombucha Can Naturally Boost Energy Levels
Kombucha is known for its energy boosting function within the body. This is largely to do with its vitamin B levels and its power as a digestive aid. Pregnancy can often bring with it unwanted bouts of fatigue, which is another reason women drink kombucha while pregnant.
Kombucha Can Ease Cramps
Pregnancy can cause fast chances in how calcium is used by your body. This can result in muscle cramping. Taking kombucha along with a calcium supplement is a great way to maximize its absorption and lessen the painfulness and frequencies of muscle cramps. Along with making sure that you have healthy levels of calcium available for you and your baby of course!
Tips For Drinking Kombucha While Pregnant
If you have decided that you want to try out drinking kombucha during your pregnancy so that you can enjoy its benefits here are some tips for doing so.
Slowly Does it
As with most other things, moderation is key. If you are going to be drinking kombucha while pregnant it is probably a good idea to keep the quantity at 2-6oz at a time.
Listen to Your Body
There are a lot of differing (eg polar opposite) personal testimonials out there from pregnant moms who tried drinking kombucha. So if you are trying it out, and feel wierd – then stop! And if you feel good and maybe it relieved something you were struggling with, then great.
If You Have Never Drunk Kombucha – Maybe Don’t Start Now
Are you are stuck on the fence as to whether or not you should drink kombucha while pregnant? If so then maybe this is a good deciding factor.
If you have drunk kombucha regularly/recently:
There is a good chance that it will not upset your body in any way. Plus you will be used to what drinking kombucha is usually like, and if anything feels ‘off’ then you will know.
If you have never drunk kombucha before:
You might want to wait until after the pregnancy to get into kombucha drinking if this makes you more comfortable. If you are interested in the probiotic, digestive and heightened nutrient absorption benefits, you can also look into yoghurt, buttermilk and kefir.
Health Benefits of Kombucha You can Enjoy Without Drinking It
If you feel freaked out about drinking kombucha while pregnant, but think that like you would like to still enjoy some of its health benefits – here are a couple of great topical uses!
Kombucha Suppositories Can Heal Hemorrhoids
Increased blood flow, combined with possible constipation and pressure from the uterus can cause a hemorrhoid. Diluted with water, kombucha can act as effective hemorrhoid treatment.
Kombucha Can Help to Heal Stretch Marks and Lines
Wanna do everything possible to minimise stretch marks and lines on your stomach? Kombucha can work great as a skin cell rejuvenator when applied directly to the skin!
Drinking kombucha during your pregnancy is an entirely personal choice. Listen to your body, desist if you feel any discomfort. Stick to a small amount per day if you do choose to take it regularly. Additionally, you can also consider opting for a ferment like yoghurt or kefir if you have never had kombucha before.
If any one out there has tried drinking kombucha while pregnant and you want to let us know your experience – please comment below, we always love hearing from you. : )