She advises against drinking kombucha during pregnancy due to serious health outcomes associated with the beverage
Dr. Rinku Mehta told VeryWell Family that women should not drink kombucha during pregnancy. Kombucha, a popular drink for many in recent years, is a fermented tea made with either black, green or oolong tea. The tea is combined with sugar in addition to a bacterial and yeast culture known as SCOBY. After this, the tea is left to ferment for 7-10 days.
“Kombucha consumption is not recommended in pregnant women since the risks outweigh any potential benefits.”
– Dr. Rinku Mehta
Dr. Mehta emphasizes that unpasteurized products – and most kombucha is unpasteurized – can carry pathogenic bacteria or microbial spores that can be unsafe in a pregnant woman and to the fetus. In addition, fermented kombucha has alcohol, which should be avoided during pregnancy, even in small amounts.