Just when you think you've gotten into the swing of this whole new mom thing, you'll enter the newly termed fifth trimester and start dealing with a whole new set of "mom-probs" that weren't a thing during the first, second, third, or even the dreaded fourth trimester. Learning how to prepare for the fifth trimester (once you've learned what is is, of course) will help you navigate that period of motherhood with as much ease as possible.
In case you're having a hard time keeping up with exactly which trimester you're in (join the club — last time I checked, trimester meant three?) let's do a quick overview of what exactly the fifth trimester is and why you may need to treat it a bit differently than the other phases of motherhood you've experienced thus far.
The term is gaining popularity largely through an upcoming book by the name The Fifth Trimester. The book, written by author, producer, consultant, and mother to two Lauren Smith Brody, is expected to be released in April 2017 and will give moms essential tools to enter back into the workforce after their maternity leave.
There is a wealth of information for how to get through the actual trimesters of pregnancy, a bit less available for the fourth trimester with your newborn, and an even smaller amount of information for how to handle life once you're past the newborn phase and trying to regain a sense of "normalcy". Be it returning to work or just handling your ever changing postpartum body, living in the fifth trimester isn't always easy. These tips to help you prepare can be true lifesavers for the moments when motherhood is particularly messy.