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Jesinta Franklin reveals why maintaining a career helps her mental health as a mother

''It’s also really important for my mental health to have something to strive for outside motherhood.''

By Alana Mazzoni
By all accounts Jesinta Franklin's life is pretty close to perfect. She has a lucrative modelling career, is married to AFL superstar Lance 'Buddy' Franklin and the pair share two adorable kids.
Opening up about her seemingly-idyllic home life, the former Miss Australia has admitted it's imperative to her mental health to find a balance between motherhood and maintaining a career.
"It's so nice to get back to work and the different elements of my career because as a mum you sacrifice so much for your children," Jesinta told Stellar.
"You put your needs at the very bottom of the list of things to do, so it's nice to step back into it. It's also really important for my mental health to have something to strive for outside motherhood."
Jesinta admitted it's imperative to her mental health to find a balance between motherhood and maintaining a career. (Instagram)
Whenever Jesinta feels "mother guilt" over focusing on her own career, she remembers also being raised by a mother who returned to work after having kids.
"My mum went back to work when we were growing up, so I saw her chasing her dreams and goals. When I think back, one of the things I remember is her being really fulfilled by that," she said.
Jesinta shares Tallulah, who turns two next month, and 10-month-old Rocky with Buddy, whom she married in 2016.
The couple have been together since 2012 but Jesinta wasn't initially too thrilled by the prospect of going on a date with the sports star.
Jesinta shares Tallulah, who turns two next month, and 10-month-old Rocky with Buddy. (Instagram)
Their love story began when Buddy got her number from a mutual friend, and he texted her out of the blue. Unfortunately, he wasn't too successful at first because Jesinta "wasn't dating" at the time, according to her retelling of those early days to Australian Rules.
However, in 2017, the former Miss Universe Australia told Beauticate that she now cringes over her initial response to Buddy's messages.
"I was like, 'Um, I'm not dating at the moment. I'm dating my career'. Cringe! Oh my God, I can't believe I said that," she said.
Baby Tullulah Franklin was born in February 2020, a spokesperson for the couple saying they were "absolutely besotted with her".
Just a few months after Tullulah was born, the star announced that she was pregnant again in October 2020.
The 30-year-old confessed she was surprised she and Buddy were expecting again so soon as they struggled to conceive their daughter.
"It was a very big surprise for us. It was very hard to conceive the first time with Tullulah, and for this [pregnancy] to be such an unplanned surprise is a blessing," she said.
Jesinta and Buddy tied the knot in 2016. (Getty)
Baby Rocky Franklin arrived in March 2021, just weeks after his big sister celebrated her first birthday.
Though Buddy and Jesinta are careful about keeping their children's faces off the internet, the pair will share a sweet snap of their little ones every now and then.
"We both try to limit their presence on social media, protecting their privacy is important to Jes and I. But each to their own, we don't judge," Buddy told Now To Love.
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