- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday (April 4, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385541414
- ISBN-13: 978-0385541411
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 83 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This is not a book you should read – it’s a book you MUST read if you are returning to work after the birth of a child. Lauren Smith Brody provides real news that you cannot only immediately use, but that also will help you to maintain your sanity during The Fifth Trimester! I loved it and you will too.”
--Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., author of New York Times bestselling Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office and co-author of Nice Girls Just Don’t Get It
"Motherhood can be joyful, exhausting, confusing, wondrous and isolating all at the same time. Now try going back to work. That’s where Lauren Smith Brody’s The Fifth Trimester is an invaluable guide. Filled with practical advice and the stories of hundreds of women – informative, hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking – Smith Brody makes the case that the absolute lack of public policy to support working families makes an already tough situation worse. And while we need to work to change that, in the meantime, she makes clear: you’re not alone, you’re not crazy, and she’s got your back."
--Brigid Schulte, author of the New York Times bestselling Overwhelmed: Work, Love & Play When No One has the Time and director of The Better Life Lab at New America
"Returning to work can be challenging, but Lauren is a friendly and reassuring guide with a simple message: You can do this. It will get better. Packed with helpful tips and inspiring stories, The Fifth Trimester is the manual new moms need for succeeding on the job and in life."
--Laura Vanderkam, author of I Know How She Does It and What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast
"The practical and entertaining read covers everything from finding the right schedule to pump breast milk at the office, to effectively dealing with postpartum depression, to adjusting your postpartum work wardrobe....so much helpful advice."
"Brody writes nimbly and wisely about a subject she is well versed in: the conflicts, struggles, and triumphs of returning to work after having a baby...In addition to discussing solemn subjects like postpartum depression, Brody makes her readers laugh...Working moms will find a wealth of ideas to help navigate the challenging transition period in this friendly and practical guide."
About the Author
Lauren Smith Brody is the founder of The Fifth Trimester movement, which helps businesses and new parents work together to create a more family-friendly workplace culture. A longtime leader in the women's magazine industry, Lauren was most recently the executive editor of Glamour magazine. Raised in Ohio, Texas, and Georgia, she now lives in New York City with her husband and two young sons.
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Some of my favorite parts of the book included:
(1) The checklist on how to pick a childcare provider and how to decide whether to go with a nanny or a daycare, based on your emotional needs and the logistics of your everyday life, rather than just on what the caregiver or center ostensibly provides.
(2) I found the practical tips on how to look well-rested (even when you're not) — I learned a few new tricks about how to get ready in under 5 minutes in the morning.
(3) The emotionally relevant and most important question: ask your friends not if you "look like yourself," but if you "seem like yourself," because the transition to becoming a working mother is such a huge, huge thing, and it's important we stay attuned not just to our physical selves, but our overall well-being.
In all, highly recommend this and have sent this to many of my friends who are becoming parents for the first time!
I would also STRONGLY recommend it if you are thinking about starting a family or even well after you feel you have mastered "work-life" balance.