Just weeks after welcoming her third child, daughter Adelaide, into the world, The Project co-host Carrie Bickmore has courageously detailed the struggles of caring for a newborn.
Taking to social media, Bickmore, 38, who is also mum to daughter Evie, 3, and son Ollie, 11, revealed she was feeling “horrendous” just weeks after giving birth and even had to return to hospital due to a case of mastitis – inflammation in the breast
But a bout of painful mastitis isn’t the only struggle that Bickmore, 38, has shared about being a mum of a newborn – and fans tissue, which affects nearly one in five breastfeeding women.
“Hate you, mastitis,” Bickmore shared with her 586,000 Instagram followers on Dec. 21, having woken up in the middle of the night to settle Adelaide who was restless. “The middle of the night can be such a lonely time [for mothers],” she added.
But a bout of painful mastitis isn’t the only struggle that Bickmore, 38, has shared about being a mum of a newborn – and fans have praised her honesty. The Gold Logie winner has also been candid about lack of sleep, back pain and exhaustion, as well as admitting to feeling overwhelmed.
“Surviving on four hours’ broken sleep,” she captioned a photo of her with Adelaide and partner Chris Walker on Jan. 8, adding she’d also been forced to take late-night pram walks and eat her meals with one hand.
Bickmore, who says she’s broken down with tears of happiness and tears of exhaustion over the past few weeks, also went on to reveal her daughter could be suffering from reflux – a condition common in newborn babies which can be distressing for parents to manage – and that she’s been given “conflicting advice” as to how to handle the situation.
Despite the difficulties, Bickmore says she wouldn’t have it any other way.
“The nights are long ... but the years are short. Treasuring every moment,” she added, while crediting “domestic god” and long-time partner Chris Walker for supporting her through this stressful and emotional time.
“While I rest, Chris looks after Adelaide, wrangles a cray cray three-year-old, folds the clothes and entertains a bored 11-year-old,” she wrote on Instagram on Dec. 21.
“It would be so hard without support ... Thanks to everyone helping us get through these days.”
Last year, Bickmore opened up to WHO about her pregnancy while showing off her blossoming bump for our WHO sexiest issue.