Model Amber Rose Promotes Pregnancy Detox Tea that Could Cause Miscarriage

Model Amber Rose Promotes Pregnancy Detox Tea that Could Cause Miscarriage June 24, 2019
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Model Amber Rose uploaded a controversial ad promoting a detox tea for pregnant women by Flat Tummy Co. Rose, who is currently pregnant with her second child, posed with a package of the product and told her 18 million subscribers that the tea was safe for pregnant women.

In the photo, Rose posed with a package of “Organic Pregnancy Tea” by Flat Tummy Co. while showing her bare pregnant belly. On the caption of the picture, Rose wrote,

“Okay listen up @flattummyco just launched an Organic Pregnancy Tea to help us moms with those bloated, nauseous, blah feeling days! It’s safe to take while pregnant and breastfeeding. This is not a detox tea – it’s specially designed to help reduce occasional nausea and support digestion during pregnancy – haters stop riding the bandwagon and think for yourselves.”


Responses by users were immediate and visceral because of Flat Tummy Co. sells detox teas that contain laxatives. The company uses influencers to promote their products, although they are not FDA approved. Additionally, ingredients in their beverages, lollipops, and shakes contain senna, a laxative, that causes diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal cramps.

Fans wrote,

“Another shameless ad for “magic tea” perpetuating the need to have a flat tummy… Now aimed at pregnant women! Ily. You’re supposed to be a feminist. You have enough money. Seriously just stop.”

“Imagine drinking something called flat tummy when you’re pregnant. Oh, lord..”

According to Flat Tummy Co.’s website, pregnancy tea is a combination of herbs that aim to reduce bloat and occasional nausea with pregnancy. The product description reads,

“Bloat isn’t just about the way our tummies look, it’s about the sluggish, blahhh feeling that comes along with it too. These hand selected ingredients work to support digestion and even help reduce occasional nausea.* Just have a cup whenever you feel like you could use an extra boost, and feel freaking good again.*”

Additionally, Flat Tummy Co states the product contains gentle and safe ingredients for women. The tea includes ginger root, rosehip, lemon balm, rooibos, stevia, and oatstraw. Most of the ingredients in the product are considered safe or likely safe for consumption by pregnant women.

However, the American Pregnancy Association states that herbs can contain substances that can cause miscarriage, premature birth, uterine contractions, and injury to the fetus. On their website, the APA says that ginger root, lemon balm, oatstraw are likely safe or possibly safe for pregnancy. Stevia, a low-calorie sweetener, is generally considered safe for consumption for pregnant women according to the FDA.

One ingredient, Rose Hips, is problematic for pregnant women. Rose Hips is commonly used as a mild laxative in the alternative health world. The fruit helps rid the body of excess salt and water. Because of the plant’s side effects, the ingredient has insufficient data to determine safety for pregnant women.

According to Pregnancy Safety Information, Rose Hips may stimulate the uterus and cause miscarriage. Because the fruit is not well understood, pregnant women should consult a doctor before consuming products with Rose Hips.

On Flat Tummy Co’s website, the Organic Pregnancy tea sells for $39.00. The company insists the product is safe to use for pregnant women. However, a disclaimer at the bottom of the description reads,

“Results from consuming the products offered on the Site may vary from person to person. If you are pregnant or breast feeding you should always discuss with your doctor any dietary supplements or teas that you are consuming and follow their advice. The statements on the Site have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and the products offered on the Site are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”

Flat Tummy Co has made millions of dollars selling products to teenagers and young women by using social media influencers like Amber Rose. Influencers can earn millions of dollars for a single ad on Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube. However, the ads rarely contain disclaimers to consumers to warn them that the products are not FDA approved to treat, prevent, or cure illnesses.

Due to the deceptive marketing, Senator Richard Blumenthal wrote a letter to the FTC to investigate the marketing of these products online. In the letter, Blumenthal said that teens and young women use the products to lose weight.

However, the products contain senna, a laxative, that is not safe for daily use. By using the products, women and teens are becoming dependent on laxatives and developing eating disorders. Blumenthal hopes that the FTC will stop companies like Flat Tummy Co from promoting harmful products to children online.

Despite the backlash, Amber Rose appeared unswayed by her fans call to remove the ad. The ad remains on her Instagram and is visible to her 18.1 million followers. Sadly, there is no way to know how many people will try the product due to her endorsement.

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  • Cozmo the Magician

    I know a perfect way for pregnant women to get a flat tummy. But the repubs are trying very hard to ban it.

  • Astreja

    If even one woman miscarries as a result of using this tea, it could — and should — trigger a lawsuit.

    Just take the [redacted] tea off the market, Ms. Rose.

  • Friend

    Here is one take about senna in pregnancy from NIH (I omitted the footnote numbers, but on the site they lead to links):

    Stimulant laxatives … Senna does not appear to be associated with increased risk of malformations and is not readily absorbed systemically. However, women might experience unpleasant side effects such as abdominal cramps with the use of stimulant laxatives. Similar to osmotic laxatives, prolonged use might theoretically lead to electrolyte imbalances.

    So what Amber Rose is talking about is constipation. “Sluggish, blahhh feeling” is not a clear symptom, but “feel freaking good again” is sounding a little like “yay, I finally p o o p e d!”

  • guerillasurgeon

    Ah, the famous “If it’s natural it must be safe” fallacy. Somebody should put a name to that if there isn’t one already.

  • Friend

    Thank heaven, the Eat More Cadmium Society is working toward the goal you articulate.


  • Shan

    Some questions:

    1) Detox what? Seriously, name one toxin this tea gets rid of that the body can’t handle on its own. Just one.
    2) “Flat Belly” is not a name you want associated with desired pregnancy. What person thought this was a good idea…I mean besides the folks wanting money.
    3) Is this actually a subtle means to give women an “alt medicine” means of inducing abortion? I mean, considering the laws passed in places like Alabama and Ohio, perhaps my points above about “Flat Belly Pregnancy Detox Tea” is a subversive advertisement to help pregnant women gain a “flat belly” by “detoxing” the condition that causes it…all with the wink and nod that it’s totally safe.

    I really doubt it’s that, but it’d be hella clever if that’s the case. I just hate the idea of women who want their pregnancy taking this thinking it is actually safe.

  • Shan

    Yup, it’s as natural as botulism!

  • Katie Joy

    Senna is not in this tea.

  • Nicole Viterna

    My quote was used in this article and do not appreciate it being presented without my name.

  • Zetopan

    And arsenic as well!! Double plus good for you.*

    *Normal testimonials not available due to a severe shortage of end users.

  • phatkhat

    $39 for a box of TEA??? And none of the ingredients are particularly pricey alone. LOL. Get some ginger tea by Yogi or Celestial Seasonings for your nausea at the grocery store. Cost around $5.

  • it’s pretty obscene. Hell go buy a bottle of ginger ale for $2

  • Friend

    Only if it’s pitched by a beauty influencer.

  • right then it will cost $35

  • John Evans

    It’s just called the naturalistic fallacy.

  • phatkhat

    What word in my other post triggered the censor. I can’t figure that one out.

  • trinity91

    If it was truly trying to be a subtle way of inducing miscarriage there are far better herbs to put in there. Red raspberry leaf, penny royal, parsley, and rosemary all come to mind.
    As it is rose hips are in the “we don’t know if this could possibly cause any kind of problem” camp. It would not be the best answer to subtly try to induce a miscarriage, and it would honestly not be very effective at it either.

  • trinity91

    most gingerales do not actually have any real ginger in them though. Honestly the real response to pregnancy nausea is a combination of unisom and vitamin B6 (an extended release version of which is available in the US by prescription under the brand name diclegis) as the first thing to try and then either zofran or reglan if that doesn’t work.