Carrie Bickmore returns to work after mat leave: ‘It’s going to be a massive adjustment’

She’s back!

Carrie Bickmore has returned to her seat on the panel of The Project after taking eight months off on maternity leave.

The 38-year-old admitted on the program that having three kids to look after now is “so incredibly hard” and going back into work felt “easy” by comparison!

Carrie Bickmore returns to work and opens up about being a mum-of-three


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Unfortunately, Carrie – who is mum to Oliver, 11, Evie, four, and seven-month-old Adelaide – admitted she had caught a “mum cold” before returning to work and joked that mat leave had been “just a big holiday”.

“It’s been awesome… don’t I look fresh,” she teased. “Don’t let the croaky voice or the snotty nose fool you, I am in bliss.”

In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald ahead of returning to work, the TV host admitted that going from two to three kids was harder than she thought it would be.

“A lot of people told me going from two to three kids would be easy, but it’s been so incredibly tricky,” she said.

“There is just no time left over to think about anything. There’s a lot to do, a lot of noise and just a lot of life.”

Carrie also revealed she had “mixed emotions” about going back to work after having time off with her kids.

“My children are all really varying ages: I have a son who’s about the start high school [Ollie], a four-year-old [Evie] and a six-month-old baby, so their needs are very different,” she said.

“I think it’s going to be a massive adjustment for me heading back to work. I’ll have a little pain in my tummy, but that’s the reality of working when you’re a parent…

“I don’t know if you ever feel quite content.”

Carrie recently revealed she believed she had postnatal depression

Carrie has been refreshingly honest about her parenting struggles in the past. Earlier this year, the Australian TV personality announced she believed she was suffering from postnatal depression.

The mum-of-three told Stellar Magazine the anxiety she was feeling when her daughter Adelaide was only a few months old.

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.”


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In the article, Carrie says that her daughter Adelaide has suffered from reflux and needed to be held constantly.

She 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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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


PANDA National Helpline – 1300 726 306

Beyond Blue 1300 224 636

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