Woman Backed for 'Letting' Pregnant Co-Worker Get in Trouble With Boss

Online commenters have backed a woman who said in a now-viral post that she "let" her pregnant co-worker get in trouble with their boss.

Posting in 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 failed to set her alarm. Redditor u/Energetic_Hyena6965 also said she neglected to wake Anne up on her way back to work, so Anne ultimately received a "warning" from their boss.

The post has amassed over 11,000 upvotes and roughly 2,600 comments from Redditors who said Anne needs to learn how to manage her pregnancy fatigue.

Pregnancy Fatigue

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

Pregnant woman asleep at work.
Here, a stock image of a pregnant woman asleep at work. Online commenters have backed a woman who said in a now-viral post that she “let” her pregnant co-worker get in trouble with their boss. SbytovaMN/istock

"Beginning as early as conception and implantation, pregnancy hormones instantly affect your body, mood, metabolism, brain, physical appearance, and sleep pattern," Healthline said.

"In the second trimester, which begins at week 13, many women get a fresh surge of energy. This is a great time to tackle those important before-baby-arrives chores because as you enter the third trimester, which begins at week 28, that extreme exhaustion returns," the website continued.

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

"If your employer frowns upon nap time, find a good spot in the breakroom and put your feet up while you eat lunch," Healthline said.


In her post, u/Energetic_Hyena6965 said Anne started napping through lunch a couple of 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 I got up to go back to work. I didn't really pay attention to what Anne was doing," u/Energetic_Hyena6965 said.

About 30 minutes later, their boss walked into the breakroom and saw that Anne was still asleep, so he woke her up and gave her a "warning."

"Anne is now angry with me [and says] I should have woken her up. She said I'm selfish and careless," u/Energetic_Hyena6965 wrote. "I told Anne [that] if she can't wake up, she shouldn't sleep during her break. She said the baby makes her tired and accused me of calling her lazy and [of] being insensitive."

Redditors React

Redditors said u/Energetic_Hyena6965 did nothing wrong and argued that she's not obligated to take care of Anne.

"NTA [not the a**hole]. You're not her babysitter. She should set an alarm," u/South_Operation7028 said.

"You're not Anne's alarm clock. She managed to take a nap and wake up on time for two weeks. How can you know that on that specific day she was gonna oversleep and get herself in trouble?" u/conmeohaman asked.

"You're under no obligation to make sure another adult ends their break at the right time. Plus, she could have set an alarm for herself. If she can't wake herself up, then she needs to figure out another way to deal with her fatigue," u/TheBeesKneazles added.

Newsweek reached out to u/Energetic_Hyena6965 for comment.

More Viral Posts

In July, commenters bashed a 21-year-old man who didn't help his pregnant girlfriend move.

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

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