Serena Williams has shared a frank and honest statement about suffering from “postpartum emotions” after giving birth to her first baby, daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. Williams posted a note to Instagram (opens in new tab) saying that she had been struggling to bring herself out of “a funk," having seen the heaviest defeat of her career last week in San Jose when the tennis superstar won just a single game against Johanna Konta.
Taking to Instagram to speak openly on the realities of motherhood (opens in new tab), 36-year-old Williams wrote: “Last week was not easy for me. Not only was I accepting some tough personal stuff, but I was just in a funk. Mostly, I felt like I was not a good mom.”
The sports icon, who gave birth to Alexis last September (opens in new tab) and suffered from life-threatening complications in the process (opens in new tab), went on to explain that opening up about her feelings had reassured her that they were normal “I read several articles that said postpartum emotions can last up to 3 years if not dealt with,” she said. “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.”
A post shared by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) (opens in new tab)
A photo posted by on
Serena went on to express empathy with other mothers, adding: “I work a lot, I train, and I’m trying to be the best athlete I can be. 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!"
The post from the Wimbledon runner-up also comes after she withdrew from the Montreal tournament on Saturday, citing "personal reasons."
It’s refreshing and critical to see one of the eminent sports stars of our generation choosing to vocalize the realities of motherhood.
Lucy Wood spends most of her time writing about celebrity news, reading books, and waiting for the glorious day that she have enough millions for a pet sloth. She also has a YouTube channel on the go where she pretends to know things about fashion and life advice.
James Middleton Reveals That Sister Kate Went to Therapy with Him
The third Middleton child, Pippa, also attended therapy to support her brother.
By Rachel Burchfield
Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis Are Banned from Doing This at Home
It’s a non-negotiable in the Wales’ house.
By Rachel Burchfield
Princess Diana’s Personal Letters to Friends During Her Divorce Are Being Auctioned for Charity
The 32-letter collection is both “astonishing” and “confidential.”
By Rachel Burchfield
Naomi Osaka Is Pregnant With Her First Child
Such lovely news!
By Iris Goldsztajn
Sarah Hyland and Adam Devine Play 'How Well Do You Know Your Co-Star?'
The 'Modern Family' stars reunited for the 'Pitch Perfect' spinoff series.
By Brooke Knappenberger
The 78 Best Celebrity Couple Halloween Costumes of All Time
Honestly, we're impressed.
By Charlotte Chilton
Super Rare Photos of Queen Elizabeth as a Young Woman
From childhood snapshots to portraits as a young princess, beautiful and rare photos of the late Queen Elizabeth as a young woman.
By Mehera Bonner
King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla's Relationship: A Timeline
With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, Charles has ascended to the throne as king.
By The Editors
Who Is Next in Line for the British Throne, Explained
And yes—Harry and Archie are still in the line of succession.
By Andrea Park
Who Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Fiancé Riley Roberts?
AOC's husband-to-be is an "easygoing redhead" who lives with her in D.C.
By Katherine J Igoe
68 Times the Kardashians Posed Fully Nude and Owned It
And we mean fully nude—as in, not a shred of clothing.
By Bianca Rodriguez