Why Are People Mad That Pregnant Pink Is Drinking Coffee?
The singer's latest Instagram post is drawing flack from some of her fans, but is it warranted?
When I was pregnant with my son 11 years ago, I was plagued with nasty headaches all through my first trimester.
"Drink a little coffee," my OB told me when I whined about my throbbing temples during one of my check-ups. "A tiny bit won't hurt."
I was initially taken aback by the suggestion. But apparently, moderate (as in less than 200 mg per day) caffeine consumption during pregnacy doesn't seem to be a major contributing factor to miscarriage or preterm birth, according to guidelines from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (and, um, Katherine Hiegl).
"Like most ladies, I have heard, read, and been told that caffeine is a big no no during pregnancy," Heigl revealed in a recent blog post. "So when I told my OB/GYN that I was suffering from sinus issues and headaches I was incredibly surprised by her advice. She told me to have a cup or two of coffee a day."
Who knew the whole no-coffee-while-preggers thing was actually a big misconception? Clearly not the crew of sanctimommies who showed up earlier this week to take Pink to task after the singer posted a pic of her adorably pregnant self popping a squat on her kitchen floor and enjoying a cup of joe.
"When microwaving your decaf coffee becomes an excuse to sit on the floor and rest for a while," she wrote over on Instagram.
Too cute! But even with the blatant use of the word "decaf" in the caption, the mom-shamers couldn't help themselves and quickly started criticizing the singer for indulging in her java fix.
"Ur not supposed to be drinking coffee when ur pregnant," wrote one, who punctuated the remark with a devil emoji. Super classy!
"Coffee ain't good for baby," added another. "Shame."
And ain't ain't a word, lady! Look, we get it—recommendations for a safe pregnancy change all the time and it can be hard to keep track. But it's probably a good idea to do your research before you start firing shots, dontcha think?
Meanwhile, it wasn't even the coffee that drew the biggest reaction from the haters. It was the placement of Pink's microwave—too low!—and the fact that she was even sitting in front of it in the first place.
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"Radiation goes to baby if you stand in front," one of the commenters wrote. "I am an electrical engineer. I actually tested with meter and for amount 3 ft in front of it the radiation is very high. Is it very dangerous, no!"
Luckily, another commenter showed up to shut down all the noise with what just may be the greatest response of all time: "SITTING? Do you know the undocumented dangers of sitting that I googled without actually reading a scientific article on pubmed?" she wrote. "I also listened to my doctor who has very little study in the art of sitting (just like nutrition). Then I marched over here to tell YOU what I think."
It's so on right now.
Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.