• The Fifth Trimester

  • The Working Mom's Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby
  • By: Lauren Smith Brody
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (272 ratings)
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By: Lauren Smith Brody
Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
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The Fifth Trimester is your new best friend: a brilliant, no-BS 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.

©2017 Lauren Smith Brody (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

"This is not a book you should read - it's a book you MUST read if you are returning to work after the birth of a child. Lauren Smith Brody provides real news that you cannot only immediately use, but that also will help you to maintain your sanity during The Fifth Trimester! I loved it and you will too." (Lois P. Frankel, PhD, author of the New York Times best-selling Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office and coauthor of Nice Girls Just Don't Get It)

"Filled with practical advice and the stories of hundreds of women - informative, hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking - Smith Brody makes the case that the absolute lack of public policy to support working families makes an already tough situation worse. And while we need to work to change that, in the meantime, she makes clear: you're not alone, you're not crazy, and she's got your back." (Brigid Schulte, author of the New York Times best-selling Overwhelmed: Work, Love & Play When No One has the Time and director of The Better Life Lab at New America)
"Returning to work can be challenging, but Lauren 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 and What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast)

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Just an “ok” read

I had high hopes for this book, I’ve heard a lot about it. While it might of been good as a first baby book read, I found that being the third baby book I’ve read, it just didn’t provide any new information. It was an easy read, listened to it on my commute, didn’t care for the reader’s voice at all. And 1/3 of the book is names and occupations of everyone she interviewed. Not sure I needed all that information. I would preferred actual facts and useful tips.

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Bible for US moms returning to work

Incredible book that every FTM going back to some form of work should read! I laughed, I teared up, and I learned so many things. Cannot recommend this book enough!

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Not for the entrepreneur

I got to chapter seven and had to call it quits. if you are corporate America, this might be for you. chapters about how to dress and do your make up, not for me.

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Great content, patronizing tone

This book is so interesting, I looked forward to listening to it as an educated mature baby book read but the tone of the narrator is painful. It sounds like a condescending woman letting you know "ohh it's all ok" - which seems counter intuitive to the content. Overall wish I had read and not listened.

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Didn’t learn anything

This book didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know and frankly was a waste of time and money. Here’s my free advice that will save you from wasting your time and money on this book: trust your gut and everything will work out

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A must read for returning to work moms

I laughed cried and related to this book the entire way through. I have recommended this book to every returning mom that I have met since reading it .

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Perfect!

This book is the absolute key for all empowered women who have become mothers. Exquisite

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Fine if you work an office job

Generally not applicable otherwise, speaking from the viewpoint of a salaried healthcare provider with no formal leave policy and a company with willful or possibly hostile ignorance to the issue. I appreciate her point that asking for (appropriate, needed, normal, and standard in nearly all other industrialized nations) accommodations helps future women, but it’s frustrating how much advice is related to helping your company as much as yourself instead of advocacy for policy-level change.

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Easy listening book for white collar professional women

Niche audience focused on mostly white professional class women with careers, and social capital. Good to know when diving in. Not totally practical, does provide a few good laughs and pointers here and there if you are in this group. May provide some levity when dealing with and transitioning to the fifth trimester.

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loved it

so relatable. just what I needed to listen to before returning to work. also love the narrator!

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