• Diana Bowen-Phillips

What they don't tell you about Having a Baby...

What is the 'fifth-trimester'? It's the moment in a working mother's life when she takes that step and re-enters the workforce after having a baby.

"Best-selling book, 'The Fifth Trimester,' (by Lauren Smith Brody) is your new best friend: a brilliant, tells-it-like-it-is guide that helps mums cope with the demands of the real world after the baby arrives. First published in 2017, the guide has become a must-have for discerning parents tackling time-management issues and seeking tips for effective scheduling.

(left: RRP $17.46 hardcover version, "The Fifth Trimester," by Lauren Smith Brody)

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?

(above: Suit by Viscount Minesse)

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?

(above: Breathable feeding wrap by Kassy Pop Curated)

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.

(above: Baby Bjorn)

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.

(above: The classic tome, "What to Expect when you're Expecting," by Heidi Murkoff & below: "The Happiest Baby on the Block" & "The Happiest Toddler" by Harvey Karp, M.D.)

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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