Carrie Bickmore been very open about how difficult it has been for her returning to work after eight months of maternity leave following the birth of her daughter Adelaide.
As the weeks have gone by, it doesn’t seem to be getting any easier for The Project host and she’s admitted she’s even thought about quitting her job.
Carrie Bickmore reveals she’s struggling being back at work
In an interview with Stellar Magazine, the 38-year-old said: “Going back to work can be such a vulnerable and dichotomous time for a woman.
“When I’m at the office my heart aches to be back home, but when I’m at home I look forward to drinking a coffee while chatting to workmates about something other than the animation Bluey.”
The mum-of-three admitted that maternity leave can make many women feel as they they are “losing their identity”.
Carrie – who is mum to Oliver, 11, Evie, four, and seven-month-old Adelaide – continued: “Your brain starts messing with you — What if I have been pushed to the side?”
“I wish I could take more time; maybe I should stop working altogether. Maybe I should start my own business, work from home!”
When Carrie returned to her seat on the panel of The Project last month she 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.”
Carrie reveals going from 2 to 3 kids is harder than she thought
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.”
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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 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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