Woman backed for ‘letting’ pregnant colleague get in trouble with her boss

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Online commenters have backed a woman who said in a now viral post that she ‘left’ her pregnant colleague in trouble with their boss.

Posting on Reddit’s “Am I the A**hole” (AITA) forum under the username u/Energetic_Hyena6965, the woman said her co-worker, Anne, fell asleep during their lunch break but n hadn’t set his alarm. Redditor u/Energetic_Hyena6965 also said she neglected to wake Anne on her way back to work, so Anne finally got a “warning” from their boss.

The post garnered over 11,000 upvotes and around 2,600 comments from Redditors who said Anne needed to learn how to manage her pregnancy fatigue.

Pregnancy fatigue

According to Healthline, it’s common for women to feel tired during pregnancy, especially during their first and third trimesters.

Here, an image of a pregnant woman asleep at work. Online commenters have backed a woman who said in a now viral post that she ‘left’ her pregnant colleague in trouble with their boss.
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“From conception and implantation, pregnancy hormones instantly affect your body, mood, metabolism, brain, physical appearance, and sleep pattern,” Healthline said.

“During the second trimester, which begins at week 13, many women get a new burst of energy. It’s the perfect time to tackle those important tasks before the baby arrives, because when you enter in the third trimester, which begins at week 28, this extreme exhaustion returns,” the website continued.

To combat pregnancy fatigue, Healthline says pregnant women should spend eight hours in bed each night and aim for at least seven hours of sleep in a dark, cool room. The website also advised pregnant women to stay hydrated, exercise and take naps.

“If your employer disapproves of nap time, find a good spot in the break room and put your feet up while you eat lunch,” Healthline said.

‘AITA?’

In their post, u/Energetic_Hyena6965 said Anne started napping during lunch a few weeks ago, but was finally reprimanded for it last week.

“Last Friday, Anne and I were taking our breaks as usual. I was listening to music on my headphones…[and] around 2:30 am I got up to go back to work. I didn’t really pay attention to what Anne was doing,” said u/Energetic_Hyena6965.

About 30 minutes later, their boss came into the break room and saw that Anne was still sleeping, so he woke her up and gave her a “warning”.

“Anne is now mad at me [and says] I should have woken her. She said I’m selfish and negligent,” u/Energetic_Hyena6965 wrote. “I told Anne [that] if she can’t wake up, she shouldn’t sleep on her break. She said the baby was tiring her and accused me of calling her lazy and [of] be insensitive.”

Editors react

Redditors said u/Energetic_Hyena6965 did nothing wrong and argued that she doesn’t have to take care of Anne.

“NTA [not the a**hole]. You are not his babysitter. She should set an alarm,” said u/South_Operation7028.

“You are not Anne’s alarm clock. She managed to take a nap and wake up on time for two weeks. How do you know that that day she was going to oversleep and attract troubles ?” u/conmeohaman asked.

“You don’t have to make sure another adult ends her break at the right time. Also, she could have set off an alarm. If she can’t wake up, she has to find another way to deal with it. his fatigue,” added u/TheBeesKneazles.

Newsweek contacted u/Energetic_Hyena6965 for comment.

More viral posts

In July, commentators slammed a 21-year-old man for failing to help his pregnant girlfriend move house.

In June, Redditors supported a woman for refusing to swap meals with her pregnant cousin.

And online commentators backed another woman in April for refusing to give up her bus seat to a pregnant woman.

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