Libby Trickett On Overcoming Crippling Postnatal Depression

Speaking with The Morning Show, the 35-year-old opened up about the toll the lack of sleep and crippling self-doubt took on her mental health. She was sleeping with the light on (in case the baby was a “monster”), dealing with debilitating negative thoughts and, eventually, was diagnosed with postnatal depression.

“With those experiences, you develop tools and resources to handle things better,” she said.


“It has definitely made me more resilient as a mother, and more patient with myself, and certainly more kind with myself – because the first few days, weeks, and months with a new little one is just so intense and full-on and full of sleep deprivation.”

Being a perfectionist by nature, Libby had to learn to lower her expectations of herself.

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Happy birthday to me! Celebrations looks a little different these days. I’m 35 today. That’s totally crazy to me and if I’m honest, I’ve been having a bit of a pity party for one about it. Not sure why. Lots of reasons that my jerk brain is being jerky but decided this afternoon that I have so much to be grateful for and I really am. Embracing this time of newness and change, it’s hard and exhausting and often I feel like a pinball going between one issue or another with the girls. It won’t last long, it is hard but as they say, this too shall pass. #birthday #jerkbrainsbeingjerksbutgothebetterofittoday #thistooshallpass #averagenightinthetricketthousehold #35 #alwaysseemstoknowwhenwearesittingdowntodinner

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Happy birthday to me! Celebrations looks a little different these days. I’m 35 today. That’s totally crazy to me and if I’m honest, I’ve been having a bit of a pity party for one about it. Not sure why. Lots of reasons that my jerk brain is being jerky but decided this afternoon that I have so much to be grateful for and I really am. Embracing this time of newness and change, it’s hard and exhausting and often I feel like a pinball going between one issue or another with the girls. It won’t last long, it is hard but as they say, this too shall pass. #birthday #jerkbrainsbeingjerksbutgothebetterofittoday #thistooshallpass #averagenightinthetricketthousehold #35 #alwaysseemstoknowwhenwearesittingdowntodinner

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“You can’t expect the same things with the day-to-day stuff, like having a shower every day or brushing your teeth twice a day. These things sometimes don’t happen.”

“It’s really difficult when you have come from a background of being a high performing person, and an athlete who was very much in control of her life and her situation, and she was aiming for something.”

Now, after raising three children (Poppy, 3, Bronte 3 months, she knows its little things in life you have to embrace – like doing a load of washing. “For me now, sometimes, you’re wearing the same clothes that you wore yesterday – and the massive win is doing a folding of the laundry. You just have to change that expectation and take that pressure off, especially in the first few months,” she said. 

Thanks, Libby, for continuing to keep it real on all matters of motherhood. 

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