The Fifth Trimester

Wear Belabumbum back to work during the fifth trimester. As a mom or mom-to-be you know all about the three trimesters of pregnancy. Maybe you've even heard about the fourth trimester—that snuggly time after birth that serves as an extension of life in the womb for baby. Well now, there's a fifth. Author Lauren Smith Brody, former executive editor of Glamour magazine and mother of two, opens up about the difficulties she faced when returning to work after having a baby in her new book The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom’s Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby. We've been lucky enough to get our hands on this fantastic read early, and we can't say enough amazing things about it. Based on interviews with 700+ candidly speaking moms in wildly varied fields and incredible expert advice, The Fifth Trimester tackles every personal and professional detail with the wit, warmth, and inspiration you need to win when you head back to work. There are even revelations to be had for moms who have been back to work for years now. 'For me, I found that it was really helpful also to understand that the transition was finite and that when I got to the other side of it, I would actually see, really clearly see all of the ways in which I was a better editor, a better employee, a better manager and leader,' she recently told  data-saferedirecturl=''>
No matter what the job or how you define work, you're going to have a lot of questions. When will I go back?How should I manage that initial 'I want to quit' attack?Flex-time or full-time? How can I achieve 50/50 at home with my partner? What's the best option for childcare? Is it possible to look like I slept for eight hours instead of three? And . . . why is there never a convenient space to pump? These are just a few of the topics Lauren's book addresses.
'The fifth trimester is when the working mom is born,' Lauren says. She reminds us beautifully that balancing life, work, and baby is a process. In her recent interview for  It's Working Project, that is dedicated to sharing stories of the back-to-work experience in the US, Lauren says:'A good day is when I’ve found time not just to check off the boxes on my list, but to be good to myself — to exercise or have a phone chat with my friend as I commute home. Or even just to spend that commuting/walking time in my head, thinking big picture thoughts about my hopes and joys for my kids and my career.' Whether you're in the final stages of pregnancy or hitting the panic button on your last day of leave, The Fifth Trimester is a great resource for honest, funny, and comforting tips, to-do lists, and take-charge strategies you'll need to embrace your new identity as a working parent and set yourself up for success.

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