Pregnant woman “womb-shamed” at Starbucks

This is awful

Content Editor / May 23 2019

One of the less enjoyable aspects of pregnancy is being given unsolicited advice from people – not just friends and family – but often strangers.

While most pregnant women will encounter a raised eyebrow or comment if they choose to have a glass of wine in pregnancy, one woman was “womb shamed” at a Starbucks when she ordered a coffee for herself.

Comedian Tiffany Stevenson was recently at a Starbucks, overheard the entire conversation and Tweeted about it online.

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"Unbelievable bit of womb bothering in Starbucks at services. A pregnant woman got her Caramel Macchiato and the guy behind the counter said:

"'Oh, it's for you . Do you want me to make a decaf?'

"She said 'No, thanks'.

"Him: 'No I should because caffeine is bad for the baby.'

"Her: 'It's fine I have one a day.'

"Him: ' shouldn't.'

"Me *almost spontaneously combusting* ‘Are you a man , telling a woman what she should and shouldn't have during a pregnancy?

"Then he says: 'Oh just because it's bad for the baby so that’s why I'm saying it.'"

"Me: 'Unbelievable. Stop it.'"

She added that the man was around 30 and spent a good five minutes ‘mansplaining’ the woman about the dangers of caffeiene.

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

According to the Better Health channel, pregnant women should stick to a limit of 200mg of caffeine a day, which equates to one café coffee, or two cups of instant.

Green or black tea and chocolate also contain caffeine and should be taken into consideration too.

Nicola Conville has worked as a journalist and editor for more than 20 years across a wide range of print and online publications. Her areas of expertise are parenting, health and travel. She has two children; Lucy, age eight, and Nathan, age five.