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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.