Grand slam champion Serena Williams opened up about her struggle with postpartum emotions. In a lengthy post on her Instagram, she shared that she felt like she wasn’t a good mother to her daughter, Olympia. She also touched on how her hectic schedule takes left her with little time to spend with her daughter, and ended her post off with a reminder to new moms to stay positive.
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Here’s a look at what she had to say.
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!
Serena has also been open about the complications she experienced during child birth on her reality docu-series, Being Serena.