Moms Are Outraged Over a Starbucks Barista Who Shamed a Pregnant Woman for Drinking Coffee

"Are they also doing Ob/Gyn training at Starbucks these days?"

pregnant woman shamed for drinking coffee

British stand-up comedian Tiffany Stevenson shared a story on Twitter about an "unbelievable bit of womb bothering" she witnessed at Starbucks a couple weeks ago. According to Stevenson, she saw a young male barista realize a customer was pregnant, and ask her if he should make her macchiato a decaf. When she said, "No, thanks," things took a turn.

Stevenson told him to stop shaming the pregnant woman, but the barista continued for what Stevenson said was about five minutes. She ended the story on Twitter by quipping: "Are they also doing Ob/Gyn training at Starbucks these days?"

Stevenson's tweet got a lot of attention and sparked outrage among people who feel pregnant women are treated like "public property" and are always being told what's supposedly best for their babies.

Women who have previously been pregnant could certainly relate to the experience.

And many pointed out that no one knows what's better for a pregnant woman than that particular pregnant woman.

While some studies have indicated that consuming caffeine during pregnancy could hinder the growth of the fetus, others have found that there is little to no risk involved as long as the caffeine intake is moderate. Due to these inconclusive results, March of Dimes suggests that, if you want to play it safe, you can limit yourself to 200 milligrams each day, or one 12 ounce cup of coffee. Which means that this pregnant woman was speaking from an informed position when she told the barista that her one cup of coffee per day is fine. And, one way or another, the consensus on Twitter is that it's never a good idea to get between a pregnant woman and her coffee.

And to learn why it's a good idea to limit your caffeine intake, even if you're not pregnant, check out Here's Exactly How Much Caffeine You Need to Drink to Overdose.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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