Serena Williams Shares Her Postpartum Struggles With Message of Support for All Mothers Serena Williams Shares Her Postpartum Struggles With Message of Support for All Mothers
Tennis legend Serena Williams shared that she experienced “postpartum emotions” during her past week as a mother, noting that she was in a “funk.”... Serena Williams Shares Her Postpartum Struggles With Message of Support for All Mothers

Tennis legend Serena Williams shared that she experienced “postpartum emotions” during her past week as a mother, noting that she was in a “funk.”

Williams, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest athletes alive, has been vocal about the victories and challenges of motherhood since giving birth.

She wrote on Instagram that she struggled with “postpartum emotions” after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian less than a year ago.

“Mostly, I felt like I was not a good mom,” Williams noted before sharing that she had read that “postpartum emotions” can last up to three years if not addressed.

Williams, who survived harrowing complications and life-threatening health issues after childbirth, reached the finals of Wimbledon ten weeks after giving birth. She said that it hasn’t always been simple to balance life as a new mother and the demands of her career.

“It’s totally normal to feel like I’m not doing enough for my baby,” she wrote. “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.”

Williams also offered encouragement to other mothers, noting that many of them faced similar challenges.

“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.”

Williams is the first tennis player to win 23 Grand Slam singles titles in the open era. She suffered perhaps the most lopsided loss of her career in a tournament Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic against Johanna Konta. Her post comes a day after Beyoncé shared that she experienced the condition of toxemia, also known as preeclampsia, while she was pregnant with her twins.

 

 

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  • Alexandria Knight

    2018-08-09 #1 Author

    Wow that’s amazing 💞

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  • Tiffany Mays

    2018-08-10 #2 Author

    Postpartum is a very real thing but is overlooked. Please check on us mommies.

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  • Jaquasia

    2018-08-10 #3 Author

    I felt the exact way for a long time I definitely understand

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  • Monique

    2018-08-10 #4 Author

    I truly feel where she is coming from

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  • Bei

    2018-08-10 #5 Author

    Giving birth is hard. And it doesn’t end oncenthe baby is out.

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  • Keke reynolds

    2018-08-12 #6 Author

    Postpartum is serious I been through it before

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  • Shae

    2018-08-12 #7 Author

    That’s how i feel

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  • Jasmine

    2018-08-12 #8 Author

    Post partum I been through it it is very tough

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  • Niesha

    2018-08-12 #9 Author

    I definitely understand this! I didn’t know that postpartum symptoms can last up to 3 years! I, too, have felt like I’m doing enough or that I’m sucking as a mother. Good to know I’m not alone.

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  • Chazney Eldridge

    2018-08-13 #10 Author

    Wow that’s great she got through it😄

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  • Danielle

    2018-08-13 #11 Author

    Its real and will bring you down if you dont have no support team

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  • Nathalia

    2018-08-13 #12 Author

    I’m glad a celebrity spoke on the subject of postpartum it is totally relateable and gives one more reason as to why we shouldn’t judge others because we all go through the same things.

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  • Ariona Davis

    2018-08-13 #13 Author

    Postpartum is very rough especially when it feels like your going through it all alone. I applaud her for telling her story. It’s an inspiration.

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  • Clara

    2018-08-14 #14 Author

    Thank you for speaking up, this will help out so many women out there.

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  • Layla

    2018-08-14 #15 Author

    I feel where she coming from

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  • Jeannine

    2018-08-18 #16 Author

    That is beyond amazing!

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  • Mashyla Tobe

    2018-08-19 #17 Author

    Its a good feeling to Kno many other woman go through this !! You go through it to get through it

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  • Sunnie

    2018-08-19 #18 Author

    Postpartum struggles are REAL ! I’m still suffering from things that happened during my delivery and mental challenges as well. Thanks for sharing serena

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  • Cierra S.

    2018-08-26 #19 Author

    It’s a good feeling and helps to know you’re not alone postpartum is real & should be treated as such

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  • Ratasha

    2018-08-26 #20 Author

    This is amazing I feel her completely!

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