Can You Drink Kombucha During Pregnancy?

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By Lyndsay Hall | Updated on Dec 8, 2023
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Kombucha is a drink that you may be able to consume during pregnancy, but it’s likely best to enjoy it with caution.

Kombucha is one of a handful of food items that contain naturally-occurring probiotics. It can also be a nice change of pace if you’re getting bored of the taste of plain water or are trying to be mindful of your soda or juice intake. When it comes to its consumption during pregnancy though, there’s a bit of uncertainty.

One reason for this uncertainty is the caffeine content. Although it’s made from caffeinated tea, the caffeine content of kombucha itself is actually quite low. We also have enough research to back up the fact that moderate caffeine intake (200-300 milligrams per day, depending on guidelines) appears to be safe during pregnancy.

A more significant gray area here has to do with the trace amount of alcohol present in kombucha, which is naturally produced through the fermentation process. Although it seems insignificant, technically guidelines outline that any amount of alcohol may cause potential harm to your growing baby, so for those who are extra cautious, it may be best to avoid this drink.

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Can You Drink Kombucha During Pregnancy?

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By Lyndsay Hall | Updated on Dec 8, 2023
Image for article Can You Drink Kombucha During Pregnancy?

Kombucha is a drink that you may be able to consume during pregnancy, but it’s likely best to enjoy it with caution.

Kombucha is one of a handful of food items that contain naturally-occurring probiotics. It can also be a nice change of pace if you’re getting bored of the taste of plain water or are trying to be mindful of your soda or juice intake. When it comes to its consumption during pregnancy though, there’s a bit of uncertainty.

One reason for this uncertainty is the caffeine content. Although it’s made from caffeinated tea, the caffeine content of kombucha itself is actually quite low. We also have enough research to back up the fact that moderate caffeine intake (200-300 milligrams per day, depending on guidelines) appears to be safe during pregnancy.

A more significant gray area here has to do with the trace amount of alcohol present in kombucha, which is naturally produced through the fermentation process. Although it seems insignificant, technically guidelines outline that any amount of alcohol may cause potential harm to your growing baby, so for those who are extra cautious, it may be best to avoid this drink.

Pregnant woman holding her stomach on a bed with a plant in the background

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