According to a viral Twitter thread, a Starbucks employee at one of the chain's U.K. sites served medical advice in addition to dragon-themed lattes. Comedian Tiffany Stevenson said on Twitter that she witnessed "an incredible piece of uterus" at her local U.K. Starbucks, where she says a male barista told a pregnant woman to change her coffee order to caffeine.
Not only is this type of mother-shaming frustrating, it is also quite common. The concerns that Stevenson must have reasonably reasoned with many, since dozens of people shared their own similar experiences in her remarks.
We repeat here that it is not appropriate to tell anyone what to do with their bodies, let alone a pregnant person, let alone someone just trying to get their day started with a cup of coffee. It is bad enough that caffeine spoils anyone, and it is even worse that the barista happened to be wrong.
"We are investigating as a priority issue," a Starbucks spokesman said in a statement New York Post. "As a matter of policy, we trust our customers to make decisions that fit them. We are concerned about this experience, which does not reflect the service we strive to provide to our customers."
A Starbucks spokesman further commented on the incident Attract. "We have reason to believe that this was really a misunderstanding, and the worker was trying to clarify the customer's order," they said. "As a matter of policy, we encourage our customers to make decisions that fit them, and we are proud to create a welcoming environment."
The experts say that a moderate amount of caffeine has not been shown to be harmful during pregnancy. Mary Jane Minkin, an OBGYN and clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproduction at the Yale School of Medicine, allows her patients to stick to "little" coffee during pregnancy. "Most studies do not show an increased risk of miscarriage or the birth of the previous child with less than 200 mg of caffeine a day, which is about a 12 ounce cup of coffee," she says. attract.
"There has been a proposal for fetal growth issues with very high levels of caffeine intake, but not very final data." She points to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, who were also quoted in 2010 that 200 mg of caffeine "does not appear to be a major contributor to miscarriage or previous infants."
"Drinking a little caffeine seems to be good during pregnancy," Minkin says. "Which in any case is moderation best."
Some doctors, such as Hilda Hutcherson, OBGYN and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, recommend that they stay away from caffeine altogether, even though she acknowledges that coffee has not been proven to be harmful. "Although caffeine will pass the placenta, this dose does not seem to interfere with the baby's growth," she says. "Despite this good news for those of us who cannot start the day without a cup of joe, I recommend that my patients deviate from caffeine, including decaffeinated coffee, during pregnancy and breastfeeding."
As with all decisions, nutritional and others, it is up to the pregnant person and their doctor to decide. And you know what would make all that research more bearable? A cup of coffee.
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