Just because she’s a celebrity, doesn’t mean Carrie Bickmore is immune from the unglamorous side of pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding. You know, the morning sickness, haemorrhoids and cracked nipples.
In an article for Stellar magazine, the pregnant TV host pondered on whether she would trade the experience with her partner Chris Walker.
Carrie opens up on how she feels about women trading giving birth with men
“I SAT fully reclined on the couch the other night, my tummy wrapped in my pregnancy stability brace and a heat pack on my back, moaning about the tribulation of human gestation,” The Project star says.
“This wasn’t the first time I’d complained either and, perhaps bereft of other things to say, my boyfriend, Chris threw out a corker. ‘If you could change it so that men were the ones to give birth, would you?’
“He wasn’t offering as such, and I could tell he wasn’t sure whether I was just about to undo my brace and whack him with it.”
‘There is something about the strength required to endure these experiences that turns us women into warriors’
Carrie, who is pregnant with her third child, admits at first she would swap the process with her partner, but then backtracks.
“No morning sickness, no haemorrhoids or stretch marks, no giving birth, no prolapsed uterus, no cracked nipples and no stitched lady parts? No pressure to breastfeed, no mastitis, no guilt about going back to work and, of course, no dick-brain partners who have no idea what they are talking about,” she continues.
“As someone unlucky enough to have had a terrifying postpartum haemorrhage after baby number one, I would happily trade in the anxiety I feel around the baby-making process.
“Or would I? For all the challenges pregnancy, motherhood and childbirth bring, there is something about the strength required to endure these experiences that turns us women into warriors.”
‘I often curse mother nature for her instance that women must be the ones to give birth’
Carrie goes on to marvel at the “extraordinary thing the female body, and mind can do.”
While there are machines that simulate the pain women go through for childbirth, Carrie says it’s not as amazing as the real thing.
“There is also something really beautiful about their little feet kicking you from the inside. Something amazing about the agony followed by the ecstasy of when you first meet bub,” she adds.
“I am truly daunted about baby number three setting forth on its trip down the birth canal, but I don’t think I’d change it even if I could.
“While I often curse mother nature for her insistence that women must be the ones to give birth, in the end, I’m glad she made that choice.”
Do you feel the same? If you could trade childbirth with your partner, would you?
The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothie
Are you currently pregnant? Then you should try our yummy Healthy Mummy Pregnancy smoothie.
The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothie is designed to complement, not replace, your prenatal vitamin intake. Our nutritionists ensured that the vitamins and minerals in the smoothie are at a low level so there is no risk of doubling up on any pregnancy vitamins.
It is ideal as a high-protein, high-calcium snack in pregnancy. You can download the Pregnancy Smoothie Label here.
*Please note that The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy range promotes healthy weight gain in pregnancy*