Pregnant Woman Says Barista Purposely Made Drink Decaf, Sparks Debate

A pregnant woman said in a now-viral tweet that a barista "intentionally" made her drink without caffeine because they assumed she ordered incorrectly.

Posting to Twitter on Tuesday, Madeline Odent went on to say that the interaction exemplified how people "treat pregnant bodies like public property." The tweet has amassed more than 55,000 likes and sparked a debate over whether or not bystanders should be allowed to comment on what pregnant people consume.

"Just now a Starbucks barista intentionally made my drink wrong because they 'thought I didn't mean to order a frappe that has coffee it' and look it's such a minor thing but people really treat pregnant bodies like public property," Odent tweeted. "Like no this doesn't matter in the scheme of things but why does it suddenly become acceptable to start making decisions for strangers just because they've got a bump?"

She went on to say that she forced the barista to remake her drink because she "need[s] caffeine to keep [her] blood pressure at a functioning level"—a fact she said is "nobody's business."

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A pregnant woman said in a now-viral tweet that a barista "intentionally" made her drink without caffeine because they assumed she didn't want any. morrowlight/istock

"And to be clear, even if that wasn't my particular situation, caffeine is FINE, in fact, *most* stuff during pregnancy is absolutely fine, mind your business and don't get your medical degree on Google," she concluded.

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, "evidence suggests it is safe for women to consume 200mg or less of caffeine per day," Newsweek relayed. "That's around 2 cups of instant coffee."

Speaking to Allure, Jane Minkin, an OBGYN and professor at the Yale School of Medicine, said she allows her patients to drink "some" caffeine while pregnant.

"Drinking some caffeine seems to be fine during pregnancy," she said. "As in all things, moderation is best."

Regardless of what doctors have to say, many of those commenting on Odent's thread argued that it's not a stranger's responsibility to comment on or try to control what pregnant women consume.

"I mean, shouldn't the unspoken rule be to trust that the [clustomer] knows what's best for their own body?" Michael Oman asked. "[It's] not a barista's job to make medical decisions. Only each & every individual can do that."

"Unsolicited comments towards pregnant women are literally never ok," wrote Lauren.

"I think, well-intentioned or not, unsolicited advice or feedback shouldn't be offered, since their body is theirs and not ours," commented one Twitter user.

Another wrote: "If you are the woman's doctor you would have [the] standing to provide instruction. But if you are not, your expertise is better suited elsewhere. Women don't need hovering do-gooders—they are quite adept at getting appropriate medical expertise," tweeted swhbrgrl.

Others, however, argued that there are cases where people shouldn't "mind [their] business."

"If you know someone is pregnant and is drinking, [using] drugs, etc., you should try to give them resources that can help them. It's so dangerous to be doing these things while pregnant. I just don't understand just 'minding your own business,'" commented Shanika Freeman.

"I saw a woman drinking while pregnant recently and I fully regret not communicating that this was not okay," wrote Thom Ivy, who said in another tweet that if a person thinks "someone is being harmed" they "absolutely should" say something.

Newsweek has reached out to Madeline Odent for comment.

Odent's tweet isn't the first to make headlines in recent weeks.

On Friday, families affected by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) took to Twitter to speak out about their experiences with the condition following the news that scientists may be close to identifying the cause.

And last week, a movie theater employee accused Disney of "pure greed" in a viral tweet with over 158,000 likes.