Carrie Bickmore has a way of getting right to the heart of issues that affect her as a mother, and her latest admission is no exception.
The mum of two admits she struggles to achieve the right balance between devoting herself to work and spending time with her children – and has illustrated the point with a telling confession.
"If you ask me today, I would say that right now, all morning, I have had a pain in the pit of my stomach and I just want to be at home playing with [two-year-old daughter] Evie, and I’ve just got this overwhelming feeling that I want to be at home and be with her," Carrie told her The Project co-host Waleed Aly in an interview for Stellar magazine.
And she said she's driven to compare herself with other mothers, wondering whether they feel the same way.
"This is going to sound really creepy, but I'll often be driving to work and I'll look at a mum next to me in her car with an empty baby seat or an empty car seat in the back and I'll look at her and I'll be like, 'I wonder if she's got the same pain in the pit of her stomach that I have right now?'" Carrie said.
"I think about all the things that are running through her head. And the only thing that gives me solace is that I know I’m not alone in feeling that."
Carrie has a son, Oliver, 10, and daughter Evie, two.