- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Anchor Books (March 6, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1101971886
- ISBN-13: 978-1101971888
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 318 g
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42.092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom's Guide to Style, Sanity, and Success After Baby Paperback – 6 March 2018
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"Brody gets the challenges of going back to work as a new mom. . . . She explains how to tackle it all." --PeopleStyle
"A book you MUST read if you are returning to work after the birth of a child. . . . I loved it and you will too." --Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., author of the New York Times bestselling Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office
"Fantastic." --Good Morning America "Returning to work can be challenging, but Brody 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 "[Brody] cover[s] the frustrating realities of working-mom life in a chipper, big-sisterly voice." --The Cut "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. . . . Working moms will find a wealth of ideas to help navigate the challenging transition period in this friendly and practical guide." --Publishers Weekly "Like having a well-trusted friend impart bits of wisdom before a meltdown occurs." --Kirkus Reviews "The working mom bible. The perfect gift and sanity-saver." -- GoodHousekeeping.com "Told with insight and witty turn of phrase, this account also draws on [Brody's] personal experience of momming in the magazine world." --The Times of Israel "Brody takes on the role of a wise mentor who's just a bit more chic than most of us but who takes us under her wing nonetheless." --Booklist (starred review)
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.www.thefifthtrimester.com
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I wish I would have had this book when first transitioning back to work after leave. But my youngest is 2, and I still found many helpful hints and supportive ideas within these chapters. I actually took notes as I read, which is something I haven't done with a non-fiction book in awhile.
It also it just a good motivational read (I imagine especially so if you are on leave, or just returned to work!) that you are not alone, and other moms are having similar struggles. There are also a couple funny horror stories that put your own work-related issues into perspective. And part of her approach is just to help you make peace with your situation and the choices offered to you.
There are some parts that are overwhelming or not a good fit. There is a strange section on skincare that felt a little too women's magazine to me (though the author was the editor of Glamour). A couple of the stories or interviews seemed a little shoe-horned in as a tip towards diversity, but their inclusion is better than not having working-class mother's voices heard at all.
One of the best parts is her championing of the next generation of working moms. That being present and vocal about working while managing a baby/family, and the challenges that come along with it, pave the way for better situations for those who follow us. If there is one lasting lesson from the book, it is don't be ashamed for being a mother. Certainly something we all occasionally need reminding of in the office.
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.