“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
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.