There aren’t many moments when we’ve found ourselves relating to a one of the world's greatest tennis champions who is friends with Meghan Markle, and married to an American internet entrepreneur worth millions of dollars.
But Serena Williams' continued transparency about the reality of motherhood has made us see her in a whole new light, and it’s very refreshing.
Instead of perpetuating the idea of the ‘snap-back’ post pregnancy body or pretending that having a baby is always a joyful experience from start to finish, Serena has been very open about her struggles after having her baby Alexis Olympia 11 months ago.
In a new Instagram post the tennis star opened up about her ‘postpartum emotions’, saying they were the reason she withdrew from the Rogers Cup tennis tournament last Saturday.
‘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,’ she wrote in the caption of a picture of her stretching in front of the sea.
‘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.’
Serena has previously been very transparent about her complicated birth, ‘I almost died after giving birth to my daughter, Olympia’ she wrote in a piece for CNN.
‘First my C-section wound popped open due to the intense coughing I endured as a result of the embolism. I returned to surgery, where the doctors found a large hematoma, a swelling of clotted blood, in my abdomen. And then I returned to the operating room for a procedure that prevents clots from traveling to my lungs.’
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