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So, I'm a lover of GT's Kombucha-- I only drink storebought kombucha.  I drank 2-3 bottles a week for a while...  then didn't drink it lots while TTC or in early PG...  Maybe a bottle a week, on average.  But then I had at least 1-2 bottles last week and 1 yesterday afternoon (I'm 8 weeks today).  I had a noticeable bit of brown spotting in the evening yesterday (went away quickly), and I had a couple of short, similar incidents last week, though I can't, for the life of me, remember if they coincided with kombucha-drinking days.  My MW thinks the spotting is cervical irritation or some-such (though it hasn't coincided with sex or direct cervical contact), not uterine blood, so she's not particularly worried. 

 

The spotting may have nothing at all to do with kombucha, but the connection just occurred to me as I started to open another bottle.  I'm not worried about the extremely minimal alcohol content or "detox" effects, but I just read that it has anticoagulant effects.  If true, could that be a cause of my (likely inconsequential, but anxiety-provoking) spotting?  Has anyone had this experience, or is anyone a kombucha expert, etc., and have any thoughts about a possible connection (or reason to believe there is no connection)?

 

Just noodling... Thanks!


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I don't see what possible connection there could be.  I drink kombucha relatively often and have never had any spotting.  I did, however, have a subchorionic bleed that was pointed out to me at my ultrasound and the tech told me that I might get some brown bleeding.  It never happened (they can simply be reabsorbed), so that's probably what happened to you.  Spotting is relatively common in pregnancy and while it's tempting to make connections to things you are doing, eating, and drinking, there's probably no connection at all.  Don't worry about it and enjoy the probiotics!


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I'm not overly worried about it, Lily, and am sure it's likely to have been a coincidence, but I did find info that says Kombucha can act as an anticoagulant, which might increase (non-harmful) bleeding...?  Just a thought.


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buko, my understanding is that the anticoagulant effect is so small, particularly in the amounts you're taking it, that it wouldn't have any effect.  I'm not an herbalist though. 


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Ah, okay-- that's the kind of info I was looking for-- thanks!


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I personally avoid kombucha when pregnant and nursing (not because of the alcohol) because kombucha can mobilize toxins (i.e. heavy metals, etc).  Check out the Traditional Foods forum for lots of detailed information on kombucha in general.


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