The Fifth Trimester
Among working mothers in the U.S., this much is accepted as gospel: The overwhelming majority of women who take maternity leave must return to their desks well before they are ready--on average, between six and twelve shortweeks after giving birth. Little attention is paid to this "Fifth Trimester"--those often emotionally and physically difficult three-months after mothers return to work. Even the most supportive work environments usually get it wrong and too often, these otherwise smart and capable women are left to stumble along blindly (not to mention sleep-deprived!). But what if there was a friendly roadmap designed to help new mothers through this rocky transitional period? THE FIFTH TRIMESTER is just that book. Like Harvey Karp's THE HAPPIEST BABY ON THE BLOCK, it is filled with quick-reference answers to the practical questions (from how look like you've gotten sleep to strategies for pumping when you have back-to-back meetings). But THE FIFTH TRIMESTER also addresses the tricky emotional component of returning to work, offering warm, witty and reassuring advice to help new mothers excel at the office and begin to feel like themselves again. The hundreds of women who contributed to this book--to this Fifth Trimester movement--have learned through trial and error and these pages will arm readers with the hard-earned tools they need to succeed. At once a call to action for more family-friendly policies, a lively, practical guide and an empowering mindset, THE FIFTH TRIMESTER is an absolutely vital book for new moms that can help lay the groundwork for a whole career of working-parent balance and success.