Post # 1
Any bees have experiences with water kefir? Can you drink water kefir when pregnant? Been recently introduced to it for its health benefits and I hope to continue drinking it. I’m not pregnant yet, but I am TTC. I’m slightly worried about the alcohol content even though it’s supposedly very, very low.
I’ve googled but haven’t found a clear answer. The closest thing I’ve found was kombucha, which many have recommended to avoid. But then I see other sources stating fermented drinks/food are good for pregnancy…
Thank you in advance!
Post # 2
It’s low risk. It can have as much as 1% alcohol, so not much but it is still alcohol.
Post # 3
lifeisbeeutiful : thanks for the reply, bee. So I suppose you don’t recommend drinking it when pregnant?
Post # 4
mus1ca1xo : are you making your own or is it commercially produced water kefir?
I make my own kefir but I would personally avoid it during pregnancy. Not even for the small percentage of alcohol thing but more for the fact you don’t know exactly what bacteria and cultures may be present in your batch. I wouldn’t want to risk it.
Post # 5
It’s extremely low risk, and the benefits likely outweigh the risks. Though I agree with PP who recommends buying it comercially during pregnancy, just to further lower the risk of contamination. But above all, I’d ask your doctor about it. I see no reason to avoid it while TTC, though.
Could you consider milk kefir? That comes highly recommended for pregnancies and is considered totally safe (it lacks any alcohol, and has much more probiotics/nutrition) and has been linked to lower Pre-E and Preterm delivery rates.
Post # 6
kiram : Yes, I was just going to post that milk Kefir reduces the risk of pregnancy complications (pre-eclampsia and preterm delivery rates)!
mus1ca1xo : I’d recommend switching to milk Kefir, like kiram said.
Probiotic milk = kefir 🙂
Post # 7
Thanks all for the replies! Sadly I’m slightly lactose intolerant so cannot consider milk kefir.
cmsgirl : I do make my own batches, and I guess you’re right about the bacteria that DIY batches may have. Sad 🙁