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Serena Williams is being very open about her stuggles.
The tennis legend (let’s face it she is a legend already), gave birth to her daughter in September, and recent returned to competitive play.
After experience the most lopsided loss of her career to Johanna Konta, she withdrew from another tournament for personal reasons. She reveals on Instagram that she has been suffering from postpartum depression, and wants to take the time to deal with those issues.
Williams in 37-years-old has been very open about her struggles, revealing to the world that she missed her child’s first steps because she was working.
She took her first steps… I was training and missed it. I cried.
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) July 7, 2018
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Last week was not easy for me. Not only was I accepting some tough personal stuff, but I just was in a funk. Mostly, I felt like I was not a good mom. I read several articles that said postpartum emotions can last up to 3 years if not dealt with. I like communication best. Talking things through with my mom, my sisters, my friends let me know that my feelings are totally normal. It’s totally normal to feel like I’m not doing enough for my baby. We have all been there. I work a lot, I train, and I’m trying to be the best athlete I can be. However, that means although I have been with her every day of her life, I’m not around as much as I would like to be. Most of you moms deal with the same thing. Whether stay-at-home or working, finding that balance with kids is a true art. You are the true heroes. I’m here to say: if you are having a rough day or week–it’s ok–I am, too!!! There’s always tomm!
Since giving birth to a daughter in September, Serena Williams has been notably willing to share not only the highs of motherhood, but many of the lows she has experienced, as well. In the wake of the most lopsided loss of her career and a withdrawal from a tournament this week for previously unspecified personal reasons, Williams said on Instagram Monday that she has been in a “funk,” largely as a result of feeling that she was “not a good mom.”
The former world No. 1, who turns 37 next month, wrote that after reading that “postpartum emotions can last up to 3 years if not dealt with,” she leaned on her affinity for communication,” adding, “Talking things through with my mom, my sisters, my friends let me know that my feelings are totally normal.”