Ter­ri­fied ex­cited”

“I am equal parts and She has tem­po­rar­ily stepped away from her high-pro­file job on TV and ra­dio to pre­pare for the ar­rival of her third child. But as Car­rie Bick­more is the first to ad­mit, not even the hard­est work­ing woman in the Aus­tralian me­dia al­ways

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Front Page - Pho­tog­ra­phy DAMIAN BEN­NETT Styling KELLY HUME

ar­rie Bick­more is fee­ing lucky. Sure, her back aches so badly that she must now wear a brace be­neath those glam­orous out­fits on The Project.

And sure, she’s con­stantly ex­hausted from jug­gling the de­mands of rais­ing two young chil­dren, along with a thriv­ing ra­dio and tele­vi­sion ca­reer, while heav­ily preg­nant with her third. Then there are the de­bil­i­tat­ing panic at­tacks which caused her to seek help from a coun­sel­lor.

But, de­spite all this, Bick­more says that she feels far too blessed to com­plain.

Af­ter all, the Gold Lo­gie win­ner knows all too well just how frag­ile life can be. Bick­more was just eight when her mother Jen­nie suf­fered a still­birth. And the now 37-year- old feels the loss of that sib­ling even more acutely since be­com­ing a mother her­self. “Be­cause of that, I have al­ways been very aware of not get­ting too ahead of my­self,” she tells Stel­lar.

“You never know what the next day may bring. One minute there’s a room all set up [for the baby] and the next there’s not. To be a woman feel­ing that baby kick and move, be­ing so close to the end and think­ing to your­self: ‘I am al­most home and hosed [with the preg­nancy].’ So I don’t take any­thing for granted.”

Bick­more’s own road to moth­er­hood has also been chal­leng­ing at times. She suf­fered a life-threat­en­ing haem­or­rhage af­ter giv­ing birth to her first child Oliver (Ol­lie) Lange in 2007 and years later ex­pe­ri­enced the pain and loss of two mis­car­riages.

In the case of her first­born, the ex­pec­tant mother was at home when she sud­denly be­gan to bleed pro­fusely and lost con­scious­ness. Mak­ing an al­ready hor­ren­dous sit­u­a­tion even tougher was that her hus­band Greg was bat­tling what proved to be ter­mi­nal brain can­cer at the time.

De­spite his ill­ness, Greg – with the help of friends and fam­ily – stepped into the breach and cared for their new­born son while new mother Bick­more re­cov­ered in hos­pi­tal af­ter a se­ries of blood trans­fu­sions. “I be­lieve that Ol­lie has prob­a­bly grown up to be such a chilled-out kid be­cause of what hap­pened when he was born,” Bick­more says. “Be­cause I was in hos­pi­tal hav­ing blood trans­fu­sions, he had to be looked af­ter by friends and fam­ily. He just had to roll with it.”

Three years af­ter Ol­lie was born, Greg passed away and Bick­more bus­ied her­self with rais­ing their son and build­ing her ca­reer to se­cure their fu­ture.

Years later, when Bick­more found her­self once again in a lov­ing re­la­tion­ship with tele­vi­sion pro­ducer Chris Walker, and ex­pect­ing her sec­ond child, she be­gan suf­fer­ing panic at­tacks and sought help. “I started see­ing a coun­sel­lor and it made a world of dif­fer­ence,” she ex­plains. “I am not say­ing that I loved giv­ing birth to Evie, but it was noth­ing like the prob­lems I had the first time. I have been a lot less stressed this time around, but my heart rate still in­creases when­ever I even think about child­birth.”

CAR­RIE WEARS Lee Math­ews dress, leemath­ews. com.au; her own un­der­gar­ments

A NEW PROJECT (below, from top) Car­rie Bick­more with her co-hosts (from left) Peter Hel­liar, Waleed Aly and An­gela Pip­pos last month; with Tommy Lit­tle on their ra­dio show Car­rie & Tommy in Septem­ber; with part­ner Chris Walker, Ol­lie and Evie, an­nounc­ing their baby news in June.

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