Carrie Bickmore has admitted that she has been “struggling” with motherhood since the birth of her third child in December last year.
The mum-of-three shared a snap of a recent article she had written for Stellar Magazine which reveals the anxiety she was feeling when her daughter Adelaide was only a few months old.
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Motherhood isn’t always breakky in bed and handmade necklaces…it can stressful, lonely, scary and incredibly challenging. Here’s my first column back for @stellarmag I wrote it when Adelaide was only a few months old and we were finding it super tough. I hope it can provide a tiny bit of comfort if you are struggling with a new bub. You are not alone ?
Captioning the feature on her Instagram, Carrie said: “Motherhood isn’t always breakky in bed and handmade necklaces…it can stressful, lonely, scary and incredibly challenging.
“I hope it can provide a tiny bit of comfort if you are struggling with a new bub. You are not alone.”
Carrie Bickmore admits she has been really struggling with motherhood in new article
In the article, The Project star says that her daughter Adelaide has suffered from reflux and needed to be held constantly.
Carrie wrote: “In short, it’s been one of the most challenging periods of my parenting life. I realise now I had it pretty easy during the newborn phase with my other two kids.”
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1 MONTH OLD TODAY!! Sleep ? Boobtime ? Googling ‘what is reflux at 3am?’ ? Late night pram walks ? Cuddles ? Arguments ? Conflicting advice given ? Struggle with existing 3 year old ? Hours spent staring at Adelaide ? Feeling overwhelmed ? Feeling like it’s all going to be ok ? Eating meals with 1 hand ? Witching hour is witching 4 hours ? Tears of happiness ? Tears of exhaustion ? Surviving on 4 hours broken sleep ? A trip back to hospital with mastitis ? Getting 5 mins to myself ? Bursting with love and gratitude ? ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Carrie, 38, admitted to feeling “trapped” when her partner Chris Walker was away with her oldest child, Ollie, 11, due to the lack of sleep.
She says she texted Chris many times in the early hours of the morning saying, ‘’I’m really struggling… I can’t do this on my own tonight, I’m worried I may be getting postnatal depression.”
When Chris woke he called Carrie and she reveals her anxiety “immediately dropped”.
Thankfully, the TV host says that Adelaide is no longer suffering from reflux and they’ve settled into a routine as a family.
“I try to hold onto perspective, reminding myself there are new mums doing it tougher with really sick babies, no support networks, or twins,” she says.
“But keeping perspective with no sleep is like trying to catch a fish that’s just been shout out of a cannon.
“I send a giant fist bump to all families currently in the trenches. I wish you calmer times ahead. Keep telling yourself the nights are long but the years are short.”
Getting the support you need
One in seven women in Australia suffers from postnatal depression and one in ten new fathers also experience postnatal depression, says Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia (PANDA).
If you or someone you know is struggling, then remember you are not alone. Have a look at our story on what every mum who has experienced PND needs to hear as well as our post natal depression archives for ways to get the help you deserve.
For more on the signs and symptoms of postnatal depression visit www.panda.org.au.
PANDA National Helpline www.panda.org.au – 1300 726 306
Beyond Blue www.beyondblue.org.au 1300 224 636
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