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I agree, it is safe during pregnancy and will probably help your digestive system, which usually 'slows down' during pregnancy. I ate yogurt and drank Kefir, and no problems at all. Had a 3 hour labor, totally natural birth, while talking to my midwife (having a conversation). Baby is super healthy and has to date, ten months old, never ever had a fever or been sick. Has 7 teeth and is almost walking. He also grabs my Kefir and takes drinks from my glass!
There are much worse things to worry about, like eating tuna or fish that have mercury in them, than the TINY TINY amount of alcohol in Kefir.
The amount is SO miniscule, as to not worry. If you are letting it ferment for a LONG LONG time, maybe you might get enough to 'taste' it....but if you are doing a day or two ferment, then with milk Kefir, it's really nothing to worry about.
The yeasts produce it as a 'by product' of fermentation, and with Kefir, the yeasts and bacteria are in 'harmony' and it is not like brewing beer or wine with 100% yeast in it for weeks and months.
I hope that eases your fears, and personally, I would say it's fine. But do what you feel comfortable with.