But one woman is being applauded by social media after putting a stranger in their place after she shamed her for ordering a coffee at her local Starbucks.
The mum-to-be revealed on Twitter that as she was making her coffee order, the customer behind her in line let her know she should only be drinking decaf because or her pregnant state.
The soon-to-be mother simply responded that she wasn’t pregnant.
Cue horror and quickly administered apologies from the stranger in question.
“And that’s what you get for giving unsolicited advice,” the woman wrote after sharing the exchange on Twitter.
(I am 6 months pregnant)— Jax ⚡️ (@Diamond_Jax) August 2, 2019
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.
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The tweet, which has been liked more than 702,000 times, prompted thousands of others to share their own tales of pregnancy shaming.
A male coworker once said to me as I was eating a McDonald’s cheeseburger and fries, You should eat something healthy, like a salad. I was vegetarian up until my 6th month, I literally hadn’t had McDs in 15+ years. I looked at him as I shoved it in my mouth and said SHUT UP ERIC— Lauren Zboralski (@lttlovelylauren) August 4, 2019
Yeah unsolicited advice went up 837% during my 1st pregnancy. I had a flight attendant refuse to serve me a second can of tomato juice because high sodium is bad for pregnancy blood pressure. Lady I have dangerously low blood pressure gimme my salt drink!! I hate people.— Lady Mommypants 🌈 (@LMommypants) August 2, 2019
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.— Allison Hantschel (@Athenae) August 2, 2019
Other women commented how annoying it is that you suddenly become public property when you’re pregnant.
To which the original poster responded: “You are absolutely regarded as communal property, that’s the perfect way to phrase it.”
Isn't it amazing how you become everyone's property when you are preggers?— Yup It's Me... (@RupertMcStuff) August 2, 2019
While most of the replies were either praising the mum-to-be for her quick-thinking response, a few questioned whether she should in fact be drinking caffeine during her pregnancy.
That stranger does have a point and that unsolicited advice should be taken. Just sayin...— Jane Gregg (@JaneGummyof3) August 2, 2019
According to the NHS, pregnant women should limit their caffeine intake to 200mg a day, which works out at around two mugs of instant coffee.
“High levels of caffeine in pregnancy can result in babies having a low birthweight, which can increase the risk of health problems in later life. Too much caffeine can also cause a miscarriage,” the site explains.
But the site also goes on to explain that pregnant women shouldn’t worry if they occasionally exceed the recommended limit because the risks are quite small.
And as other users pointed out in their replies, in some cases doctors may recommend continued caffeine consumption to avoid potential side-effects from suddenly withdrawing caffeine consumption.
It isn’t the first time a mum-to-be has hit back after being given unwanted advice about their health during pregnancy.
Back in May a woman took to social media to reveal why she’d intervened after witnessing a pregnant woman being confronted by a barista at a Starbucks coffee shop.
In a now-viral Twitter thread, the woman addressed the male barista’s “womb-shaming” behaviour and was widely praised for it.
And drinking caffeine isn’t the only thing pregnant women find themselves being questioned about.
Back in April, then 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.
But she was later warned off the ice cream by some fans.
Pregnant women are also regularly faced with the practice of bump-shaming, where soon-to-be mums are judged over how large or small their pregnancy bumps are.