She advises against drinking kombucha during pregnancy due to serious health outcomes associated with the beverage
A Dallas IVF physician 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.”
The doctor 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.