'Womb shaming' barista tries to confiscate pregnant customer's coffee

A pregnant woman, posed by model, has been shamed for drinking coffee. [Photo: Getty]
A pregnant woman, posed by model, has been shamed for drinking coffee. [Photo: Getty]

Anyone who has ever been pregnant will know how annoying it is to receive unsolicited advice from strangers.

That’s why social media users are outraged after hearing of a woman who was “womb-shamed” for simply wanting a coffee.

Tiffany Stevenson told how she intervened after witnessing a pregnant woman being confronted by a barista at a Starbucks coffee shop.

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In a now-viral Twitter thread, the English comedian, who goes by “Tiff”, addressed the male barista’s “womb-shaming” behaviour.

After witnessing the man’s persistent attempts to make the woman switch to a decaf coffee, the woman was forced to intervene.

Sadly, her protest fell on deaf ears as the man continued to preach to the pregnant customer.

Pregnant women are advised to limit their caffeine intake to 200mg a day, according to NHS advice – this is equivalent to two cups of instant coffee.

Not that she should have to justify herself to a barista, but the pregnant woman’s daily coffee fell well within these guidelines: a tall latte macchiato from Starbucks contains between 150 and 170mg of caffeine.

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Last month, pregnant television personality Stacey Solomon faced a similar backlash over her choice to eat soft ice cream.

The ‘Loose Women’ star had taken to Instagram to share a video of her tucking into a 99 ice cream over the sunny Easter Bank Holiday weekend. She was later warned off the ice cream by fans.

Pregnant women are also regularly faced with the practice of bump-shaming, where mum-to-bes are judged over how large or small their pregnancy bumps are.