The Project’s Carrie Bickmore revealed that motherhood the third time around hasn’t been as easy as she remembered it.

The mother-of-three, 38, said in her column for Stellar magazine that she has been ‘struggling’ since the birth.

She wrote: ‘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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No such thing as personal space for Adelaide!! ????‍♀️#brother #sister

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Adelaide suffered from reflux and needed to be held constantly, the TV host revealed.

The lack of sleep led to a breakdown when Carrie’s partner Chris Walker was away on holiday with her oldest child, Ollie, 11.

Carrie writes she ‘felt trapped’ and found herself texting Chris multiple times in the early hours of the morning.

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Sweetie ????

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‘I’m really struggling… I can’t do this on my own tonight, I’m worried I may be getting postnatal depression,’ she wrote in her desperate messages.

The star says that the baby is now better and the family have settled into a routine, but admits those early weeks were fraught with ‘anxiety’.

“I hope it can provide a tiny bit of comfort if you are struggling with a new bub. You are not alone.”

“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.”

Totally hearing you, Carrie!

Can you relate?

Postnatal depression is a common problem, affecting more than one in every 10 women within a year of giving birth.

Signs can include…
Panic attacks,
persistent, generalised worry,
development of obsessive or compulsive behaviours,
abrupt mood swings,
feeling constantly tired,
withdrawing from friends,
difficulty focusing,
feeling constantly sad or crying for no reason
having thoughts of death or suicide.

If you are suffering with PND please speak to your local doctor or contact PANDA National Helpline (Mon to Fri, 9am – 7.30pm AEST) Call 1300 726 306

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  • Very honest and relatable.


  • Good on her for keeping it real. It makes others feel more normal.


  • Aw bless, Juggling 3 kids can be hard and kind of isolating. Glad the family found a routine.


  • yes it is real for many


  • Can happen to anyone. She’s real and down to esrth


  • I love how real and honest she is.


  • I agree that the extra demands of the older two can make it really hard to adjust to number three.


  • I found 3 the hardest so far, in a different way though. First was hard because you’re adjusting to a new baby in your life, but by the 3rd you just can’t rest with two others running around and you can’t have as much routine lol I have to say though that baby wise, my 3rd baby has been easiest!! I’ve enjoyed him as a baby the most.


  • Having a baby is exhausting no matter how many you have had before. Good on her for getting the help she needed form her partner etc.


  • A baby with Reflux can really be a challenge. Where a baby should be flat on their back to sleep, he / she needs the “bed” to be raised at the head end. Easiest way is to put something under the mattress all the way across – the exact with of the cot and make sure the sheet holds it firmly in place. It is impossible to hold your baby yourself 24 hours a day. You will fall asleep and could drop your baby when your arms relax.


  • I have already read an article where Carrie says her third baby has been challenging. But she’s coming out the otter side now and things are improving


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