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The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom's Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby

The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom's Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby

by Lauren Smith Brody


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The Fifth Trimester is your new best friend: a brilliant, tells-it-like-it-is guide that helps moms cope with the demands of the real world after the baby arrives

The first three trimesters (and the fourth—those blurry newborn days) are for the baby, but the Fifth Trimester is when the working mom is born. 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?
     Whether you're in the final stages of pregnancy or hitting the panic button on your last day of leave, The Fifth Trimester is your one-stop shop for the 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.
     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.
     Like What to Expect When You're Expecting and The Happiest Baby on the Block, this is an indispensable guide every new mom needs on her shelf.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385541411
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

Chapter 1 Who's Taking Care of Your Little Person? 1

Chapter 2 The Second Cutting of the Cord (This One You Feel) 30

Chapter 3 Getting Through "I Have to Quit": Your Five-Step Pain-Free Plan 55

Chapter 4 On Looking Human Again (A Noble Goal): Part 1: Beauty 64

Chapter 5 On Looking Human Again: Part 2: Your Body and Style 87

Chapter 6 On Feeling Human Again: Your Most Essential Goal 103

Chapter 7 Pumping Doesn't Have to Suet 134

Chapter 8 The Easiest Way to Win at Reentry: Manage Up, Manage Down, Manage Sideways 157

Chapter 9 That Whole 50/50 Partnership Thing: (Aka: The Chapter That Keeps You Married) 186

Chapter 10 What if You're Your Own Boss?: Ultimate Freedom, Ultimate Pressure 213

Chapter 11 Master Your New Time "Off" 234

Chapter 12 Eighteen Life-Changing Conversations: How to Initiate Them, and Exactly What to Say 256

Afterword 283

Resources 287

Acknowledgments 291

Author Interviews 295

Notes 297

Index 307

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