Try to take the coffee away from someone and see what happens. A few months ago, a story about a pregnant woman who was shamed by a Starbucks barista for ordering a cup of coffee went viral. The caffeine-shaming continues: Mom-to-be Jaclene Paolucci had a similar experience at her local Starbucks in New York last week. In the meantime we just reported yesterday about a study on caffeine on pregnant women. However, one cup of coffee is absolutely safe for anyone, pregnant or not.
A Pregnant Woman Responded to a Stranger Who Shamed Her for Drinking Coffee in the Best Way
A few months ago, a story about a pregnant woman who was shamed by a Starbucks barista for ordering a cup of coffee went viral. Sadly, the caffeine-shaming continues: Mom-to-be Jaclene Paolucci had a similar experience at her local Starbucks in New York last week.
Paolucci, who is 6 months pregnant, stopped in for a latte, but was met with unsolicited advice instead. She tweeted about her experience, writing that after placing her order, a stranger told her she should be drinking decaf during pregnancy.
The expectant mother’s witty response? “I’m not pregnant.”
The stranger was horrified, and immediately started apologizing, according to Paolucci.
“And that’s what you get for giving unsolicited advice,” she wrote.
(I am 6 months pregnant)
Me after ordering my coffee:
Stranger at Starbucks: you know you should be drinking decaf when you’re pregnant.
Me: I’m… not pregnant.
Stranger: (horrified) I am so, so sorry!
And that’s what you get for giving unsolicited advice.
“I’ve discovered that if you want unsolicited advice, then you should get pregnant,” Paolucci told BBC News in an interview.
Paolucci’s tweet — which currently has over 78,000 retweets and 708,000 likes — has turned into a thread for many other moms to share similar experiences they had during their pregnancies.
“Once told a nosy colleague who said I shouldn’t be drinking coffee that he shouldn’t be practicing medicine without a license, but here we both were,” one Twitter user replied.
“Isn’t it amazing how you become everyone’s property when you are preggers?” another person chimed in.
Even an OB-GYN responded: “To every person who commented or gave me unsolicited ‘advice’ during pregnancy: Excuse me, are you a board-certified high risk obstetrician? Well I am, so…”
Clearly, Paolucci isn’t alone in receiving unwanted advice and judgment for wanting to enjoy a cup of coffee during pregnancy. And while there’s still a lot of confusion about what you should and shouldn’t drink when you’re expecting, experts say that moderate caffeine consumption is perfectly fine when pregnant.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), enjoying two small cups of coffee or one 12-ounce cup daily (about 200 milligrams of caffeine a day) does not seem to be linked to miscarriage or preterm birth. For context, a tall macchiato from Starbucks contains between 150 to 170 milligrams of caffeine. However, heavier caffeine consumption (think five to six cups of Joe a day, or a specialty drink filled with espresso shots) may slightly increase risk of miscarriage.
Of course, it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor about your daily caffeine intake. Don’t be afraid to run any questions by her if you’re unsure about what’s best for you to eat and drink, and what you should avoid while you’re expecting.