The 5th Trimester, Mum Guilt and some Good News 

It’s hard to compare ‘parenting notes’ with Serena Williams who plans to return to the tennis court 5 months after giving birth. Well, for one reason, she’ll be playing to win $4 million in 1 match. Then there was Rachida Dati, France’s glamorous justice minister who returned to work 5 days after giving birth by C-section. Quite unconventional, very brave and pretty risky. Rachida and Serena have different experiences but what they and most MOCCA Mums may have in common is that occasional ‘mum guilt’ whilst away at work. This phase is known as the ‘fifth trimester’, a term coined by Lauren Smith to describe the first few months back at work. The 5th trimester is challenging, at times nerve wrecking but can be rewarding. Whether it’s a return to work after 5 days or 5 months, here is 1 tested fact that may ease the transition back to work and that niggling guilt.


Ground breaking research has found that mothers can go back to work months after the birth of their child without the baby’s well-being suffering as a result. What counts is the effect of the parenting“. Yes! “Even women who have to work more than 30 hours a week, can make things better for themselves, they just need to take a deep breath on the doorstep, dump all the office worries behind them and go in the door prepared to pay attention to all their children’s cues”. It is certainly easier said than done but this is reassuring and great news for all mothers.
MOCCA Mums how do you deal with the ‘mum guilt’?